Latest news from IFLRY

With this IFLRY ISSUE we have the latest updates from the wonderful world of IFLRY.

In this ISSUE you can find calls for participation at the Geneva Summit for Human Rights and Democracy and the ECOSOC Youth Forum in New York. The IFLRY Executive Committee and Extraordinary General Assembly in Amman are also only a few days away. Our representatives have been in Beirut and Bulgaria this month and we also welcomed a new assistant to the office team. We also want to know what you have planned for Human Rights Day.

Yours in liberalism,

Pauline Kastermans (President)
On behalf of the IFLRY Bureau 2016-2018

Globalising Freedom 

Liberals to gather in Amman

From the 8th-11th December, IFLRY will be hosting an Executive Committee and Extraordinary General Assembly in Amman. Over 70 representatives from all over the world will meet to discuss liberal issues and vote on resolutions, new members and more. Full information can be found here.

IFLRY wants to thank D66, FNF, VVD, Liberal Democrats and Arab Youth Union for Freedom and Democracy (AYUFD) for their partnership in hosting this event. It promises to be a fantastic occasion that will build global links for the future.


IFLRY in Beirut

This weekend Vice President Ahmad and Secretary General Tone attended the تيّار المستقبل Future Movement congress, where over 2400 delegates gathered in Beirut, Lebanon! IFLRY observed the party’s focus on democracy and youth participation, and after the elections, we were happy to see so many young candidates being elected to the political bureau of the party. As president of the Party and Prime Minister of Lebanon, Saad Hariri said during his speech on Saturday: The young people are the future of the Future Movement!

Apply to be IFLRY’s representative in GenevaOn the 21st of February 2017, people from all over the world will meet for The Geneva Summit for Human Rights and Democracy, IFLRY will be there and you have the chance of being our representative.

The Geneva Summit is sponsored by a coalition of 25 human rights NGOs from around the world. This annual conference builds on the success and momentum of the previous gatherings, which have been widely acclaimed in the international human rights community.

Human rights heroes, activists and former political prisoners from China, Cuba, Iran, North Korea, Pakistan, Russia, Venezuela and other countries testify about their personal struggles for human rights, democracy and freedom, and join hands to plan action strategies.

Read more about the event and how to apply here

ECOSOC Youth Forum Call

Do you want represent IFLRY in New York on the 30th – 31st January? We are looking for candidates to attend the Economic and Social Council (Youth) Forum. If you are interested in representing IFLRY then apply by the 11th December, 12 p.m. GMT to office@iflry.org with your CV and a 200 word motivation letter.

The event promises to be hugely enjoyable and productive. You would have the chance to meet and collaborate with youth organisations from all over the globe. The event will provide a platform for youth to engage in a dialogue with Member States and share ideas on innovation, collective action and solutions to global problems. It will also address the concept of “shared prosperity”, which is at the core of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

Human Rights Day

Human Rights Day is December 10th this year. Are you or your member organisation planning on marking the day with a protest, campaign or any other kind of activism?

Let us know what you have planned and we will share your campaign and spread the message that Human Rights need to be fought for all over the world. Send any information to daphneploegstra@iflry.org.

IFLRY represented at European Youth Forum

Our Executive Director Andrea Ugrinoska represented IFLRY at the General assembly of European Youth Forum in Varna, Bulgaria.

Here she is together with the secretary general of European Liberal Youth (LYMEC), Danica Vihinen. Together, they promoted liberal ideas among other youth!

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IFLRY announces new gift giving policy

We are very pleased to inform you about IFLRY’s new gift giving policy. Instead of thanking our amazing speakers with a bottle of wine, a box of chocolates or just a warm handshake, we will now donate on behalf of them to a charity. After careful consideration, we decided that this year’s charity will be The Against Malaria Foundation, a foundation providing and distributing bed nets (the most effective and efficient way to prevent malaria). We see private initiative at the very core of a free society and therefore try to live up to our role as a role model.
New Executive Assistant in the office
Another exciting piece of news for IFLRY! We have hired a new Executive Assistant for the office team! Mona Ramadhan started this week, we all look forward to working with her! Here she is with Executive Director Andrea Ugrinoska getting into the Christmas spirit.

Mona is currently doing a Master’s in Social Policy and Development at LSE. “From my previous experiences working at a women’s rights organization as well as co-organizing an all girl-group for newly migrated girls in Sweden, I am deeply passionate about gender equality and hope to promote these values globally”.

Mona will also be at the Executive Committee in Amman this month, so make sure to introduce yourselves!

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