Ensaf Haldar, the wife of jailed Saudi liberal blogger Raif Badawi and President of the Raif Badawi Foundation, has been presented with the 2016 Liberal International Prize for Freedom on behalf of her husband at a special ceremony at the European Parliament in Brussels. Our President, Margaret de Vos van Steenwijk, and vice president, Khadija El Morabit, were both present on this occasion.
On Sunday morning November 13th INLW organized a ROUND TABLE MEETING in hotel Mogador Express Gueliz, Marrakech to give a presentation on INLW and to introduce the Founder of the Chapter of INLW Morocco, Khadija El Morabit.
INLW was represented at the Meeting by Joaquima Alemany (Past President), Khadija El Morabit (Vice President for MENA region), Lysbeth van Valkenburg (Treasurer) and Margaret de Vos van Steenwijk (President).
On Thursday afternoon, we kicked off with the discussion on the importance of working together between political parties, NGO’s and Networks in different regions. Within Liberal International we distinguish different regional liberal networks like CALD (Asian liberal Parties) ALDE (European Liberal parties) Relial (Latin American), ALN (African Liberal Network), ALF (Arabic Liberals) and Libseen (East European).
Wassenaar, September 12th 2016
The next Liberal International Executive Committee Meeting will take place in Marrakesh between 11 and 13th November 2016.
As a member of INLW you are welcome to attend.
Some members of the INLW Board will attend and we hope to have a gathering of members and interested women guests on the Sunday the 13th of November.
On the 11th of November there will be 2 events concerning women. First the NDI (National Democratic Institute based in the USA) together with LI and INLW will tackle the subject
“# Not the the Cost Campaign”, which is about violence in all forms against female politicians.
INLW was represented at Liberal International 4th Human Rights Committee of LI meeting: “Imprisoned for Thinking”, which was held in Geneva during the UN Human Rights Council Meetings on Friday 24th of June 2016.
On going: Campaign for the globalization of the Istanbul Convention: #1in10neveragain
14-24 March 2016: Commission on the Status of Women (60th CSW) at the United Nations in New York; an INLW delegation will participate. INLW has submitted a written Statement.
INLW will co-organize a side event on Monday 14th March and on Tuesday 22nd March, focusing on preventing and fighting violation against women.
20-22 May 2016: Executive Commission of Liberal International in Tiblisi, Georgia: INLW as a member of LI will participate with a delegation. INLW will hopefully be able to organize an INLW panel discussion.
Time flies, but we have not been sitting still! A short resume of what happened this year so far.
As you may remember we submitted a resolution at the last LI Congress in Rotterdam in April 2014 on this subject which was unanimously adopted. Liberal International and INLW as you see have now joined forces in a joint campaign to achieve this eventual globalization of the Istanbul Convention.
Our main plans for autumn 2015 are:
Taking part at the 60th Liberal International Congress in Mexico City from Thursday 29th October till 1st of November with an INLW delegation. We plan to pick up the second phase of the joint campaign together with LI on the ratification and globalization of the Istanbul Convention.
As prescribed in our Constitution we are to hold our next General Meeting of INLW during the LI Congress in Mexico City, which is held from 29th of October till November 1st. This will be rather inconvenient for our members to come in big numbers, as we do not have a great number of members at the moment in Latin or Middle America. At this General meeting there will have to be some changes to the Board due to terms of office expiring and members being re-elected for their next term of office. Exact time and place will be communicated when the LI program is definite.
We also plan to continue our campaign there and hold a fringe meeting on the subject of stopping violence against women and girls and domestic violence. Also INLW tabled 3 resolutions to the LI Congress in Mexico: Deterioration instead of improvement of Women’s rights in Russia; INLW launch Istanbul Convention Campaign and Insecurity and Climate Change two vast Challenges for Women in Africa.