Since its inception, FIWAL has hosted an annual or biennial conference, each with its own theme. Past conferences are described below.
Women’s Voices Heard:
Empowerment and Equality from Around the World
Held at The Churchill Hotel, London, we heard from extraordinary women that challenge the system and empower women to have an equal voice: Dr. Justine Mutale (Founder & President of the Justina Mutale Foundation for Leadership), Haifa Zangana (Iraqi novelist author, artist and political activist), Hana Satriyo (Former Director for Gender and Women’s Participation, Indonesia for the Asia Foundation), Kate Willoughby (Actor, writer, proud Yorkshirewoman and temporary Suffragette) and Talyn Rahman-Figueroa (Moderator. CEO and Founder, Grassroots Diplomat).
Making It – Success against the Odds:
Women Who Have Fought and Won
This biennial conference and FIWAL 30th Year Celebraton engaged attendees with inspiring stories of female struggle for success against the odds told by our very impressive speakers, Diana Chan (CEO of Euro CCP); Dr Kamel Hothi (Head of Fundraising Lloyds Bank); Tasleem Mulhall (Photojournalist, artist and women’s campaigner) and moderator Rita Payne (President of the Commonwealth Journalists Association).
The Substance of Style
Working Towards a More Positive Tomorrow
Women of Vision
FIWAL welcomed four guest speakers at the May Fair Hotel. Dr Mithu Alur has worked with disadvantaged children since 1966 and is the Founder Chairperson of ADAPT, a society in India providing a holistic model for assisting severely disabled children. Carole Cochrane of The Princess Royal Trust for Carers has enjoyed a length, exciting and successful career in the voluntary sector. Baroness Mary Goudie, has been a Member of the House of Lords since 1998 when she was appointed a life peer. Among her many activities, she is Chair of the Women Leaders’ Council to Fight Human Trafficking at UN.Gift and is active with Vital Voices, Piggybankkids and Share Gift. Founder and Chairwoman of “Women for Women International,” Zainab Salbi has been honoured for the work she has done to help women in war-torn countries. The Washington Post stated “Salbi’s vision is that by strengthening women, her organization [Women for Women International] can help rebuild communities and nations.” Photos of the event can be viewed by clicking here. (Shown below from left to right: Mithu Alur, Carole Cochrane, Mary Goudie, Zainab Salbi)
The Plight of the Young Across Cultures
This fully booked and inspirational conference was opened by HRH The Princess Royal. It had a distinguished, internationally known and respected panel of speakers, who gave the the audience a very thought provoking time, talking of the many problems facing the young today from sex trafficking to family breakdown and neglect.
Women’s Health – Diagnosis and Prevention
A conference held at the Royal Geographical Society with eight distinguished speakers who highlighted the latest techniques and developments in the treatment of some of the major illnesses affecting women.
The Global Humanity of FIWAL
Held at the ballroom of the Dorchester Hotel with guest speakers Kate Adie and Christine McCafferty MP Member Associations who gave illustrations and examples of their voluntary and charitable work detailing the valued contribution made in serving humanity.
The 21st Century is Now
Women’s Contribution in the Global Market,
Politics and the Home
Six distinguished speakers highlighted the rapid development of women’s roles, ranging from Politics, Law, Banking & Education.
Women Towards the Millennium
A conference held at the Royal Geographical Society where stimulating addresses were given by distinguished speakers analyzing the changing role of women in society as the new millennium approached.
The 21st Century is Now
Women and Communication
A conference held at the Royal Geographical Society highlighted how advances in communication can be of benefit to all women in their involvement in the fields of Economics, Politics and the Media.
Around the World with Tales and Tapestries
An exhibition and luncheon at Claridge’s. Clubs displayed exquisite pieces of needlework, some rare, and all typical of their countries. There were four professional storytellers from Britain, India, Thailand and the Caribbean.
Women and Europe
A conference at the Royal Institute of British Architects which highlighted the role played by women in Europe. This was organized by the members of FIWAL’s European Associations, together with the European Movement.
Around the World with Table Settings
A luncheon at Claridge’s with table settings typical of the countries represented by FIWAL.
Around the World with Art
An exhibition of women artists, both professional and amateur , all who are members of FIWAL clubs.
Around the World with Music
A luncheon at the Café Royal during which music from the four corners of the world was played by musicians representing member Associations.
Around the World with Fashion
A fashion fiesta displaying the national costumes of member clubs.