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INLW is an association of women from countries world-wide who support the principles of liberalism.

Membership is open to all liberal groups, parties and organisations, as well as individual persons, who support INLW aims.

The activities of INLW are inspired also on the principles of the United Nations Charter and the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. INLW performs these principles which are the basis of the Convention on the Elimination of Discrimination against women (CEDAW).

INLW organiseert “MEET and GREET Drinks” op donderdagavond  24 april om 20.30 uur in Café Restaurant Floor, Schouwburgplein 28 te Rotterdam. Restaurant Floor ligt naast de Doelen, onder één dak met de Schouwburg en op loopafstand van station Rotterdam Centraal. Dit ter gelegenheid van het Liberal International Congress (LI congress), dat van donderdag 24 tot zondag 27 april 2014 gehouden wordt in de Doelen te Rotterdam. Voor meer informatie over het congres zie:

INLW, waar het Liberaal Vrouwen Netwerk en enkele LVNers individueel lid van zijn, wil op deze “Meet and Greet netwerkborrel“ de mogelijkheid bieden, dat de Nederlandse LVNers en de internationale liberale conferentiedeelnemers elkaar kunnen ontmoeten. Maak gebruik van deze kans! De LI delegate members komen uit de hele wereld voor dit congres naar Rotterdam. De laatste keer dat LI in Nederland een congres hield was in 1996 in Noordwijk. Aangezien het congres zelf alléén toegankelijk is voor de delegates is deze borrel de enige mogelijkheid om VVDers iets van het LI congres te laten meemaken! Wij, LVN stuurgroep en INLW bestuur, vinden het ook belangrijk dat de liberalen uit de wereld als zij nu Nederland aandoen de mogelijkheid krijgen VVDers te ontmoeten en te spreken!

Ook al is het iets kortdag, kom met z’n allen deze Liberalen welkom heten in onze Liberale kring! Het is zeker handig voor de organisatie als je laat weten of je denkt te komen!

Ik verheug mij jullie donderdag de 24ste om 20.30 te zien en jullie aan andere wereld liberalen voor te stellen!

INLW houdt op donderdag 24 april, 14.00-15.00 uur haar General Meeting in het Manhattan Hotel in Rotterdam, Board Room. Leden van INLW zijn van harte welkom deze huishoudelijke vergadering bij te wonen.

Met hartelijk groeten ook namens Marianne Kallen en Soesila Verhagen, bestuursleden INLW,

Margaret de Vos van Steenwijk-Groeneveld            Marijke Vos-Maan

INLW President                                                  Voorzitter stuurgroep LVN

Lid stuurgroep LVN

On behalf of the Board of International Network of Liberal Women we would like to inform you about some of the last events that INLW has participated in.

INLW was represented with a delegation at the 58th Commission on the Status of Women at the UN held from 10th till 22nd of March in New York. The theme of this year’s CSW was “Challenges and achievements in the implementation of the Millennium Development Goals for women and girls”. See under ECOSOC for more information on our written Statement on the importance of including human rights in primary education. Our delegation consisted of Margaret de Vos van Steenwijk, president of INLW, Christine de Saint Genois and May Sing Yang both vice Presidents of INLW.

We were present with a delegation at the Executive Meeting of Liberal International held in Antigua, Guatemala between 18th and 20th of October 2013. INLW was represented there by amongst others Margaret de Vos van Steenwijk and Soesila Verhagen, member of the Board of INLW.

As you will be aware of Liberal International will hold its next Congress in Rotterdam in the Netherlands from Thursday 24th till Sunday 27th of April. For further information see At this congress INLW plans fringe meeting on Saturday the 26th of April from 9.00 am until 11.00 am. During this meeting we will launch cooperation in the form of a partnership with the ALDE Party Gender Equality Network (ALDE GEN).

Speakers at the INLW fringe meeting are:
Ingrid de Caluwé, member of the Dutch Parliament and
Flo Clucas, Chairman of the ALDE GEN.

The theme will be “Global Trade and Women”.

We will also hold our INLW General Meeting at this congress on Thursday 24th of April from 2.00 pm till 3.30 pm at the Manhattan Hotel in Rotterdam. All paying members have voting rights at our INLW General Meetings.

If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact us.

In the meanwhile we send you our kindest regards and hope to see you soon.


Margaret de Vos van Steenwijk-Groeneveld           Marianne Kallen-Morren

INLW President                                                   Treasurer

International Network of Liberal Women (INLW) on the occasion of International Women’s Day 2014 wants to voice their concern that even if everyone agrees this should not be happening there is still every hour wide spread violence comitted against women and girls in all the corners of the world.

It has different faces, but domestic violence, in the form of sexual harassment, rape, forced marriage, crime committed in the name of so-called “honour” and genital mutilation all constitute violations of humen rights of women and girls.
What’s more, some of these atrocious acts of violence are even used as weapons in armed conflicts.
INLW President Margaret de Vos van Steenwijk calls upon the individual politicians to work on their governments to ratify the Council of Europe “Convention on preventing and combating violence against women and domestic violence”. Start with ratifying and signing that those countries who are a member of the Council of European. And then set up an evaluation plan in your country to measure the implementation.

Parlementarians outside Europe, she calls upon to work on globalizing this Convention so that hopefully sometime in the not too distant future, governments will be held accountable for violence against women, which is committed within their nations!

To empower all women and girls so they will fall victim so easily to violence; the basic human right for women and girls to go to school to get equal education must be strictly enforced everywhere!

So on this 2014 International Women’s Day there is still little reason to be optimistic on the human rights of Women and Girls! There is still much work to be done bij women and men together!

Margaret de Vos van Steenwijk-Groeneveld
President of INLW

Christine de saint Genois (right on the first picture, left on the second picture), Vice President INLW, Ambassador against excision, member of Liberal Alternative France.

In commemoration of the international Day of Zero Tolerance to FGM (Female genital mutilation) edition 2014 in presence of the UN director Michael Moller, Commandante Christine de Saint Genois Ambassador against excision (GA-FMG) participated at the opening ceremony of an art exhibition by artists expressing themselves about FGM. Followed by the annual symposium “a University Chair on FGM.”

Ambassador Christine de Saint Genois in her opening speech, in presence of ambassadors, permanent missions ministers, representatives of OMS, and ONGs said:
“We will applaud the shift in the way the international community supports countries in their efforts to eliminate FGM, but it is not enough, it must accelerate!

I will also applaud the impressive number of men in this assembly” and she will terminate her speech by saying: “Will the screams of these little girls and the cries of distress of these mutilated women who resound in our hearts become the rallying cry of the international collaboration for the annihilation of FGM or FSM and for the rehabilitation of the victims to stop the violence against women in the world.”

Hakima el Haiti (on the left), deputy President of INLW and Deputy Minister of Environment in the Maroccan government. She is the First female minister of Mouvement Populaire party, full member of LI. INLW is very proud of both board members who are playing such an important role in Marocco!

Mrs Khadija Oum Bachair EL MORABIT, vice president of International Network of Liberal Women (INLW) for the MENA region, has been elected on 4/1/14 at the General Assembly of the Association of Harakies Women as the National President of this association, which is a parallel organism of the Mouvement Populaire Party in Morocco.
The INLW board congratulates Khadija with this election for the important post of President of Harakies Women. We wish her success with the plight for equal rights for women and girls in Marocco.

Women Democrats
Margaret de Vos van Steenwijk, President of INLW spoke in Singapore with ladies from Women Democrats, the organization of Women of the Singapore Democratic Party, which is affiliated to Liberal International, the international federation of liberal parties as observer member party.
Jaslyn Go en Yeo Poh Hong explained that the position and the rights of women in Singapore, contrary to what many may expect are still far from equal. Women continue to be subject of abuse in their homes. They earn less than men for the same work. Daycare for children is far too expensive for the most Singaporians, so that many mothers now stay at home and are forced to pick up the traditional role in the household. Foreign-born women married to Singaporeans are disadvantaged making them more dependent on their spouse. Only 22% of the parliamentarians are women, while of course the women form more than 50 % of the population.

As opposition party it is difficult to get support in any form from sympathizers who are often afraid this may be unhelpful for their careers.
These brave women do know that the road forward in women’s rights will be long, but they are willing to work now for a better future for Women in general and especially in Singapore!
We discussed that INLW and Women Democrats will work together whereby INLW can give them a platform where they can voice their information and concerns to the world through INLW channels.

Great news!
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

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”

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