President’s Message April 2020

Dear Ladies

In this chalenging time of the Covid -19 Pandemic I have had to clear my diary of social engagements for the foreseeable future.

However, before the government’s crowd control was initiated, I attended a very interesting event to celebrate the Women in Africa initative (WIA), the first international platform dedicated to the economic development and support of leading and high potential African women. The Founder of WIA Mrs. Aude de Thuin gave an excellent speech on the positive impact WIA are having on building businesses and fostering the leadership of women. The event was held at the Moroccan Ambassadorial Residence by kind permission of H.E. The Ambassador Mr. Abdesselam Aboudrar and Mme Aboudrar. I was accompanied by FIWAL colleagues Zehan Albakri, 1st Vice President and Hulya Kocu, Diplomatic Liaison. We met many friends and colleagues of FIWAL some of whom have hosted events for us; Mme. Maha Benlarbi, Spouse of the Tunisian Ambassador and Mme. Augustina Owusu-Ankomah, Spouse of the Ghanaian Ambassador.

It is unfortunate, but essential, that due to government guidelines we have cancelled the FIWAL Biennial Conference 2020. We had a wonderful line up of experts to speak on diverse areas of health. Hopefully, the many months of work by our events team and others will not go to waste and when this pandemic is over we will consider a suitable date to reschedule. I am pleased to report that FIWAL will receive a refund  for all the monies paid to the venue.

The FIWAL Executive will be holding scheduled monthly meetings online. Therefore, if you have any queries that you would like to raise please do not hesitate to contact me. The next meeting is to be held on Tuesday, April 14th which is just after the Easter weekend. So please send your query by Tuesday 7th April.

We also have an informal WhatsApp account so that the Executive and Advisory Committee can keep in touch. This is something you may find beneficial for your own organizations.

Finally, on behalf of FIWAL, I wish you courage in the months ahead and invite you to enjoy the April Survival Links below.

Warm regards

Siobhan Hamilton-Phillips
President FIWAL

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April Survival Links

Women’s Art Blog 
10 of the world’s best virtual museum and art gallery tours

13 Books You Should Read in April

What Your Go-To Quarantine Read Says About You
The longlists for the Best Translated Book Awards
Some of the best online poetry, as read by actual poets
ReadInstead litfest schedule: April 3 – 9

Aussie Pops Orchestra Phones In In – What a Wonderful World
Bolshoi Theatre Youtube channel
Fabulous music that will move you to tears
Foreign films with English subtitles link

National Theatre

The English Garden

Coronavirus (COVID-19): what you need to do
World Health Organization on Corona

Homes & Property

Sabrina Ghayour
Jamie Oliver
Nigella Lawson

HealthFlix: An online community built by leading experts in health and wellbeing to help us all get through the stress and isolation of the COVID-19 coronavirus crisis

Meditation: Free classes during April with Gabriella Espinosa on Mondays & Thursdays
8:15 – 8:45am. Access Zoom Meeting “Sit With Me”  Join URL

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