Congress, Cape Town, South Africa, 27 and 28 August 2012

International Solidarity – Women Working Together Towards A Better World For All


Venue: The Pavilion Clock Tower

Monday 27 August - Congress (Day 1)

09.00 – 13.00 hrs     First Session

        • Opening speech by Pia Locatelli, President, Socialist International Women, SIW


        • Welcoming address by Mpai Mogorosi, Deputy Secretary General, Women’s League of the African National Congress, ANC, South Africa


        • Report by Marlène Haas, Secretary General, SIW


                                     Keynote Speeches

                                     ‘Working Together in Solidarity to Eradicate Poverty’

        • Sisisi Tolashe, Secretary General, ANC Women’s League, South Africa
        • Nouzha Chekrouni, Socialist Union of Popular Forces, USFP; Vice-President of the Socialist International, SI; Former Minister for Women, Morocco

                                       Questions to Keynote Speakers


***  Lunch Break 13.00 – 15.00hrs  ***


15.00 – 17.00 hrs    Second Session

                                     ‘Working Together in Solidarity for Women’s Political Rights’

        • Lise Christoffersen, MP, SIW Vice-President, Norwegian Labour Party, DNA, Norway


        • Ester Levanon-Mordoch, Forum for Gender Equality, Meretz Party, Israel


        Questions to Keynote Speakers                               

17.00 – 19.00 hrs     Third Session (Closed session for full member                                   organisations only)

        • Administrative Matters and Elections
        • Speech by Pia Locatelli, Outgoing President, SIW


        • Speech by Marlène Haas, Outgoing Secretary General, SIW


***  Evening - Cocktail offered by the ANC Women's League  ***


Tuesday 28 August - Congress (Day 2)

09.00 – 10.00 hrs        First Session (Closed session for full member                                                          organisations only)

10.00 – 13.00 hrs        Second Session

        • Speech by Newly Elected President, SIW


        • Speech by Newly Elected Secretary General, SIW


                 Keynote Speeches 
                                                                                                                  ‘Working Together in Solidarity to Improve the Working and Social Conditions of Rural Women’
        • Margarita Zapata, Sandinista National Liberation Front, FSLN, Nicaragua


        • Ousséini Hadizatou Yacouba, National President of the Tarayya Women’s Organisation, Party for Democracy and Socialism of Niger, PNDS, Niger

                                       Questions to Keynote Speakers

                                                                                                                    ‘Working Together in Solidarity for a Fair Distribution of Financial Resources’
        • Gabriele Heinisch-Hosek, Chair of the Austrian Social Democratic Women, Social Democratic Party of Austria, SPÖ; Federal Minister for Women and Civil Service, Austria


        • Enke Enkhjargal Danzanbaljir, Mongolian Women’s Organisation, Mongolian People’s Party, MPP, Mongolia

                                       Questions to Keynote Speakers


***   Lunch Break 13.00 – 15.00 hrs   ***


15.00 – 17.30 hrs       Third Session - Delegates Contribution on Different Topics                     

17.30 – 18.00 hrs        Fourth Session - Adoption of the Congress Resolution and                                      Closing Remarks






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