General Meeting

Resolution number: 03

Title: Child Abuse

Submitted by: INLW (International Network of Liberal Women)

The Congress of Liberal International, convened in Andorra, on 20 May 2017

Noting that:

World Health Organization (WHO), distinguishes four types of child maltreatment: physical abuse; sexual abuse; neglect and negligent treatment; emotional abuse; and exploitation

Child abuse can result in immediate adverse physical effects but it is also strongly associated with developmental problems and with many chronic physical and psychological effects, including

subsequent ill-health, including higher rates of chronic conditions, high-risk health behaviours and shortened lifespan.

The Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC), of which Article 19 calls on all political parties to take all appropriate legislative, administrative, social and educational measures to protect the child from all forms of physical or mental violence, injury or abuse, neglect or negligent treatment, maltreatment or exploitation, including sexual abuse, while in the care of parent(s), legal guardian(s) or any other person who has the care of the child.

Child maltreatment is a global problem with serious life-long consequences

Despite recent national surveys in several low- and middle-income countries, data from many countries are still lacking

Considering it:

Worldwide because Child abuse occurs irrespective of gender, social standing, ethnicity, or religion. International child abuse statistics are difficult to come by due to the difficulty in keeping track of numbers and the hidden nature of some forms of abuse even in “financially sound” countries. Even though many countries keep no or inadequate records, politics are not doing enough. This is why we must raise awareness of the negative impact that violence and abuse have on women and children and rid society of abuse permanently.

Worldwide… because violence against children takes many forms, including physical, sexual, and emotional abuse, and may involve neglect or deprivation. Violence occurs in many settings, including the home, school, community and over the Internet.

Worldwide…because thousands or refugee children are being abused exploited and arbitrarily detained.

Worldwide…because in many countries children are used as target for emotional abuse and of neglect. Is known that child abuse happens constantly in war zones, in schools and in child marketing.

Worldwide…because child abuse happens in advertising, the food and beverage industry is marketing our children and youth to sickness or even death

The nature of international communication means that abuse occurs across international borders.

Calls on upon member parties and other liberal organizations to urge their governments around the world to bring this issue to attention: Raise the alert and protect our future generations from ritual and sexual abuse.

Pay special attention to and raise the awareness of child abuse in war zones.

Draw attention to child abuse in schools.

Let political parties intervene and put an end to inappropriate marketing to children

Draw attention to children used as targets such as in Europe, Syria, Iraq, Africa and other countries.

Non-profit agencies should work together in seeking funding that supports preventive effort.

Partner with national experts who can collect data to build the evidence base. Make use of data to demonstrate the need for increased funding for prevention programs.

Political parties to focus on the issue “child abuse” and keep it on the political agenda. WHO’s and International Society for Prevention of Child Abuse and Neglect (ISPCAN) Campaign on preventing child maltreatment.

Hereby we are sending you all the documents for our INLW General Meeting to be held in Andorra on May 18th  2017 at 9 am in Hotel Roc Blanc.

If you are considering coming to Andorra to participate at our General Meeting as well as at the Liberal International 70th  Anniversary Congress you should inscribe for the Congress before 4 may it says on the inscription site! If you would like to participate as a delegate of INLW please let me know as soon as possible as there is a limit to the amount of delegates allowed per LI member (INLW can have 10 delegates).

For more information on the Congress please look at the LI website, www.liberal-international.org.

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On October 29th 2015 INLW held its General Meeting in Hotel Royal Pedregal in Mexico City. The Board of INLW had got together there because Liberal International was holding its 60th congress there. INLW’s Constitution stipulates that INLW holds it’s General Meeting in conjunction of the LI Congress.

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Hakima el Haiti, Joaquima Alemany, Patricia Olamendi, Margaret de Vos van Steenwijk, Leticia Gutiérrez Corona, Maissa Florensa, Maysing Yang, Lysbeth van Valkenburg-Lely

A new Board was proposed and with no contra proposals the proposed new Board was accorded by the GM. The new board is:

President: Margaret de Vos van Steenwijk- Groeneveld (second term), The Netherlands
Immediate past president: Joaquima Alemany Roca, Catalonia, Spain
Deputy president: Hakima el Haiti (second term), Morocco
Secretary general: Mireia Huerta Sala (first term), Catalonia, Spain
Treasurer: Lysbeth van Valkenburg-Lely (first term) The Netherlands
Vice-president Europe: Marianne Kallen-Morren (first term, former Treasurer), The Netherlands
Vice-president Asia: Maysing Yang (second term), Taiwan
Vice-president sub Sahara Africa: Kaba Fofana Yaya Fanta (second term), Ivory Coast
Vice-president Mena region: Khadija el Morabit, (second term), Morocco

Designated Vice-president Latin America: Patricia Olamendi, Mexico (decision of Board to propose her for election at the next GM at the next LI congress)
Designated Member of the Board: Leticia Gutíerrez

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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.

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”.

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