President’s Message

May 2018

Dear Ladies,

I am still feeling energised following our Biennial Spring Conference – Women’s Voices Heard. We had a wonderful turnout, almost to capacity, and the room was certainly buzzing. I am pleased that so many of you were able to join us and share in the unity and friendship of the day.

Firstly, I would like to thank the FIWAL Executive Committee. These are wonderful women. Their input and support throughout the past year tremendously helped to shape the conference. As the date approached, they were tireless and dedicated to make sure that the conference was a great success. A personal thank you to all of you for your incredible support and acts of kindness.

It is quite evident that the topic of Women’s Empowerment and Equality is something that many of you feel passionate about. The aim of the conference was to celebrate the best of women —and I hope we succeeded. We heard of the achievements and the steps, great and small, taken to bring about change. However, while there is progress, there are areas of the world where equality has regressed. But the message of hope and the need to continue the march forward was clear.

Thank you to Dr Justina Mutale, Haifa Zangana and Hana Satriyo for sharing their personal experiences and insights, to Talyn Rahman-Figueroa our moderator for her expertise, and to Kate Willoughby for her powerful and stirring portrayal of Emily Davison. They each brought something unique and special to the programme.

The conference would not be possible without the support of our Member Clubs and individual members. Thank you for advertising in the conference brochure and for your support and generosity throughout the year at our various fundraising events. These events help to subsidise the conference and at the same time bring FIWAL members together. Also, a big thank you to Latifa Kosta, one of FIWAL’s founding members, for her generous donation to FIWAL to support the conference.

This is the first FIWAL event in which we actively used Twitter to help spread the word. If you are on Twitter, please follow us on #FIWAL_WOMEN and also share your impressions of the conference.

Our next gathering is the FIWAL AGM on Monday 11 June at the Lansdowne Club. You will receive details and the agenda from our Hon. Secretary Ameeta Sabharwal shortly. I look forward to seeing many of you there.

With all good wishes for the month ahead,

Laura

Laura Schapira
President, FIWAL

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