Istanbul Here We Come!

Monday, August 9, 2010

Finance Committee - Roberta Brooks (centre)

Ardith Toogood – CFUW CIR

It’s hard to believe that this is the last official day of the 30th IFUW Triennial Conference!  Of course, there will be the 91st Council Meeting tomorrow for the new Board and the CIRs, not to mention side trips booked in advance – or at the last minute down at the tour office in the lower lobby of the hotel – by delegates.

IFUW Resolutions Committee, Marianne Singh-Waraich (second from left)

This morning there was a most interesting and productive final Plenary Session where members shared ideas on “Building a Sustainable IFUW: Meeting Members’ Needs and Expectations.”  After the Tea Break there were advocacy and membership workshops available and one on CEDAW and UPR that was very useful.  CFUW wrote the environmental section on the Canadian NGO (non-governmental organizations) Shadow Report to the Government’s Report on CEDAW.  We also submitted a CFUW Statement before Canada’s last Human Rights UPR (Universal Periodic Review) which took place in February 2009.

After lunch, Business Session 4 – the final session –  took place.  The 31st Triennial Conference will take place in Istanbul, Turkey in 2013.  Save your pennies!

Marian Ennis (l) Convener Hegg-Hoffet Committee

While the business session took place, I was presenting a position paper on “Maternal Health and Foreign Aid” at a Parallel Session on Women’s Reproductive Health.  My paper will be available on our website after I return home.  At the same time, there was a Parallel Session on VGIF.
The Conference officially closed with the introduction of the new Board and the Standing Committees.  There were many photos, much applause and congratulations all round.

Ardith Toogood, CFUW CIR (l) and Brenda Wallace, CFUW President

It seemed as though everyone stayed for the Gala Dinner in the evening – 250 full-time and 100 partial registrants.  We all put on our best outfits and were transported by buses to the Vizcainas School – an historical edifice several centuries old.  After speeches, we were treated to a concert by the Mexican Chamber Orchestra playing selections of classical music in the soaring cathedral of the school.  The soprano soloist at the end of the concert was brought back for several encores.

Past IFUW Presidents l to r: Reiko Aoki, Elizabeth Poskitt, Louise Croot, Griselda Kenyon, Chitra Ghosh

An exquisitely prepared dinner  was served at colourful round tables in the large courtyard.  Brenda and I had the pleasure of sitting with Mexican delegates, two indigenous Mexican sisters and two Japanese delegates.  What a grand finale to the 30th Triennial Conference!

Presenters Ardith Toogood and Rosette Adera (Rwanda) at the Gala

IFUW Gala Dinner at Vizcainas School, Mexico City

Mexico City's Chamber Orchestra at the Colegio de las Vizcainas


3 thoughts on “Istanbul Here We Come!

  1. Susan Russell

    This has been a great way to hear about the IFUW meeting. It gives a sense of immediacy. This beats paper copies any day.

  2. margaret binek

    Ardith – thank you for a perceptive account, with great photos, of what we experienced at the 30th IFUW Triennial Conference. Eileen Fagan’s presentation, in her Northern Irish lilt, on how and why women’s human rights are distinct from those of men was a revelation for me – and many thanks to our Phyllis Scott who engineered her participation at the conference. Margaret


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