International Network of Liberal Women (INLW) condemns the continuous arresting and imprisonment of members of oppositional parties in the Republic of Karelia in the Russian Federation!
Yesterday two active women of YABLOKO, of which the Women’s organization is a full member of INLW, were put in prison on fake accusations!
INLW therefore demands the immediate release of Olga Zaletskaya and Alexandra Kornilova!
It is outrageous to see these innocent politically active women being taken from their homes. One lady has two children at home waiting for her as well as her old sick father! Yabloko’s women in different towns of Karelia are good examples as many are engaged in local politics.
In 2013 one Yabloko women was elected Mayor of the capital of Karelia. Quite an achievement being member of the oppositional party Yabloko!
Hereunder the Statement of Yabloko, which we fully underline!
It has just been announced that INLW Deputy President Hakima El Haiti is to be Minister of Environment in the Government of the Kingdom of Marocco.
She is the first ever woman to be Minister of her party Mouvement Populaire. International Network of Liberal Women (INLW) is very proud to have her in the management board of INLW.
“This is a very important achievement for you, Hakima and for Morocco and for women in general.” said Secretary General Marissa Florensa. She continues “A woman like you in this important post, with your knowledge and experience, will be a paradigm that will encourage other women to work hard in order to obtain their position in the modern society and specifically with posts like this one, in which it is possible to work in favour of women, families and society in general.”
Congratulations Hakima, All the Board of INLW, think you will be succesful in this important post and we wish you all the best therein!
Margaret de Vos van Steenwijk, president INLW
On Monday 16 September at 6.30 p.m. the International Network of Liberal Women (INLW) organised for the first time in the Netherlands a meeting in the Hague at the Carlton Ambassador Hotel, The Hague. The subject to be discussed was:
“Women’s Role in Peace and Security”
A delegation of the INLW Board, consisting of Margaret de Vos van Steenwijk, Khadija El Morabit, Soesila Verhagen and Christine de Saint Genois, participated at the Executive Committee Meeting of Liberal International which was held from Friday 12th of April till Sunday 14th of April 2013 in Hotel Phoenicia in Beirut, Lebanon.
The theme of the conference was:
“Liberalism” and “traditional values”: Defining a winning liberal agenda in today’s changed world
-On the Sunday morning the 14th at 10 am till 12 am INLW took part in the Dahrendorf Round Table organized by the European Liberal Forum and INLW. The Session title was
“All on Board-Promoting Women in Private Enterprise”
-At 12pm till 2 pm INLW organized a Round Table Discussion on:
“Women’s voices from Lebanon and the Mena region:
Actual Situation and Challenges that Women Face and Steps to be Taken”
INLW was represented with a delegation at the 57th CSW from 4th till 15th of March 2013. The theme of this CSW was “Preventing and Eliminating all forms of violence against Women and Girls”.
INLW submitted a written Statement and also an oral Statement which was handed over to Minister of International Development of the UK, Mrs Lynn Featherstone on Monday March 4th at the Permanent Mission of the United Kingdom by Margaret de Vos van Steenwijk, INLW President and Marissa Florensa INLW Secretary General. INLW was also represented at CSW by Christine de Saint Genois, INLW Vice President
During the Liberal International Congress in Abidjan INLW held its General Meeting, where new Board members were chosen and installed.
In conjunction with the 57th Liberal International Congress which was held in Manila from June 16th till June 20th 2011 INLW held its General Meeting and Management Board Meeting at the Peninsula Hotel. A Round Table was organized together with the CALD Women’s CAUCUS on the theme of “Free and Fair Trade and Women’s Human Rights”. This joint roundtable table discussed “Benefits of free and fair trade for women”, “Women’s human rights: the externalities of free and fair trade”, “Policies for women: national, regional and global responses”.