Dear FIWAL Friends
It is with a heavy heart that I write this message with the news of an on going war in Ukraine. I never thought I would ever have to write about a war in Europe. Like everyone, I have followed the news from Ukraine with shock, incredulity and concern.
FIWAL was founded 36 years ago this month in 1986 from the strong belief that if women of different races, religions and cultures from national associations could meet in a strictly non-political but structured and relaxed manner, they would find common ground through shared interests which would benefit their organisations and individual membership. FIWAL’s members grow in understanding and from that understanding, mutual support and strength flourish.
The Ukrainian community needs our support and friendship more than ever now – especially FIWAL’s own member, the Ukrainian Cultural Association (UCA-UK). The FIWAL concert “A Celebration of Women in Music” this Friday 4th March is to mark International Women’s Day but with the participation of the UCA-UK and its talented President Alla Sirenko, it is a wonderful opportunity to highlight the importance of shared interests such as music and friendship during these worrying and stressful times. There will be a collection that evening in support of humanitarian aid for Ukraine. The concert is open to all, including men, and it includes a drinks reception with international nibbles, some kindly donated by the Indonesian Embassy. If you have not booked your tickets for this concert, than please do support it by going to: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/a-celebration-of-women-in-music-tickets-223023227477
This year the UN theme for International Women’s Day (IWD) is, “Gender equality today for a sustainable tomorrow”. We need to recognise the contribution of women and girls around the world who are leading the charge on climate change adaptation, mitigation, and response in order to build a more sustainable future for all. #BreakTheBias
Imagine a gender equal world.
A world free of bias, stereotypes, and discrimination.
A world that is diverse, equitable, and inclusive.
A world where difference is valued and celebrated.
Together we can forge women’s equality.
Collectively we can all #BreakTheBias.
All our member associations will be marking IWD in their own special ways but I was very interested to see KCWC’s IWD event celebrating Women Textile Designers with a Zoom talk by specialist Ashley Gray of Gray M.C.A. This is a fascinating look at women’s role in this field. Details have been sent out in our e-newsletter to Member Representatives.
We must not forget the ever popular Australian Women’s Club, IWD event on March 8th which after missing a year is back again at Australia House. With all Covid restrictions lifted in England, I do hope we will all be able to see more of each other in the months ahead.
Wishing all of you a Happy International Women’s Day.
Our thoughts and prayers are with the people of Ukraine.