First of all, we want to wish you all a wonderful new year and hope that you all enjoyed the recent holiday period. In this month’s newsletter we have a recap on the recent Executive Committee and Extraordinary General Assembly in Amman, new bureau members, a meeting of our programme managers and the awarding of IFLRY’s freedom award. It’s been an exciting end to a challenging 2016 and we are hopeful that 2017 will bring further success and momentum.
With this IFLRY ISSUE we have the latest updates from the wonderful world of IFLRY.
Yours in liberalism,Pauline Kastermans (President)
On behalf of the IFLRY Bureau 2016-2018
IFLRY hosts Executive Committee and General Assembly in AmmanIFLRY had some eventful days in Amman, where we organized our Executive Committee, a conference on entrepreneurship, and Extraordinary General Assembly from the 8-11th of December.We welcomed new observer members Free Egyptian Party Youth شباب حزب المصريين الأحرار and Young Independents of Ghana as well as new candidate members Liberal Democratic League of Ukraine, Naša stranka Youth from Bosnia & Herzegovina and Free thought Forum from Jordan. We also discussed resolutions, shared best practices, listened to great speakers, and much, much more!
These are critical times for freedom worldwide, but it brings comfort to know that thousands of young liberals fight every day to make our world a better one. IFLRY will continue working with supporting our members and globalizing freedom!
Audrey Tang wins IFLRY Freedom Award
We are more than proud to announce this year’s winner of our IFLRY Freedom Award: Audrey Tang!
We, as IFLRY, believe that the greatest benefit of a free society is to develop one’s own personality. We embrace individuality, difference, eccentricity, and the ability never to give in to the tyranny of the majority, the tyranny of mediocrity—and we therefore honor individuals and groups that have shown outstanding commitment to liberty and individuality with our annual Freedom Award.
And this year’s winner, Audrey Tang, is a perfect showcase about the stubbornness of liberals, the stubbornness to be different, and to push through—even if it might take more time.
Audrey is one of the most prominent faces of the free software movement and of civic hacking, and has been recently appointed to the Taiwanese government as minister for digital policy-making standing for transparency and digital inclusion. This makes her the first transgender person in a top executive cabinet.
New IFLRY representative at the Council of Europe’s Advisory Council on Youth
We are delighted to announce that Andrea Ugrinoska, our Executive Director will be replacing our previous president Christian Scharling as a representative on behalf of IFLRY to the Advisory Council on Youth of the Council of Europe. IFLRY has always ensured to have a representative in the AC, through which we can coordinate our advocacy efforts in the whole European region. The Advisory Council on Youth is a Council of Europe body made up of 30 representatives from youth NGOs and networks in Europe which provide opinions and input on all youth sector activities. It also ensures that young people are involved in other activities of the Council of Europe.
We are sure that 2017 will be a great and productive year for our programmes!
Human Rights Day Campaigns around the world
The 10th of December marked the start of the United Nation’s ‘Stand up for someone’s rights today’ campaign. This campaign encouraged people around the world to learn about human rights, to speak out when others are threatened and urge leaders to uphold rights.
Unfortunately, Human Rights Day cannot be used as a moment of self-congratulation. Respect for human rights is under threat around the globe and liberal and democratic values are under pressure by increasing populism, discrimination and hatred. Openness, tolerance and respect for each other are put to the test by people, but also by governments. Sadly we can not always rely on our leaders to stand up for everyone’s human rights.
The work of youth organisations and NGO’s is more and more important to speak up against human rights violations and to advocate for policy changes to improve human rights protection globally. IFLRY continues to work on this on a daily basis, and we invite you to join our mission!
Call for new Free Trade Programme Manager
We are now opening applications for Programme Manager to lead the IFLRY Free Trade Programme. With populism and protectionism on the rise, IFLRY believes that we need to stand up for free trade and promote the cause across the world. IFLRY Free Trade Programme is designed to contribute towards that goal.
IFLRY programmes help you bolster understanding of given political issues, interact with interesting and motivated people from IFLRY Member Organisations from all around the world, and enhance teamwork and organisational skills.
The responsibilities of the Programme Manager is to oversee the work plan, activities and vision for the programme, be the official contact person for IFLRY on this topic and report back on progress to the Bureau.
Say hello to the bureau! At our congress in Amman we held by-elections and elected a Vice President and Treasurer until our next congress. We welcome Vice President Nickolas Pagonakis and Treasurer Robert Landheer to the bureau!