Athens, Greece, 28 and 29 June 2011

List of Participants

Socialist International Women Pia Locatelli
  (SIW President)
  Marlène Haas
  (SIW Secretary General)

Full member organisations

Women’s Committee Alis Abroyan
ARF Armenian Socialist Party  
Austrian Social Democratic Women Barbara Prammer
Social Democratic Party of Austria, SPÖ (SIW Vice-President)
  Petra Rund
Labour Women Action, AMT Miguelina Vecchio
Democratic Labour Party, PDT (SIW Vice-President)
  Salete Roszkowski
Social Democratic Women's Confederation Svetlina Lukanova Yolcheva
Bulgarian Social Democrats, PBSD  
Social Democratic Front, SDF Chantal Kambiwa
  (SIW Vice-President)
Social Democratic Women's Forum Dunja Spoljar
Social Democratic Party, SDP  
Commission for Equality Kirsten Johannsen
Social Democratic Party  
Dominican Federation of Social Democratic Women, Janet Camilo
FEDOMUSDE Altagracia Tavarez
Dominican Revolutionary Party, PRD  
CPDS Women’s Organisation Epifania Avomo Biko
Convergence for Social Democracy, CPDS  
Labour Party Women Harriet Harman
The Labour Party Isabel Owen
  Alice Macdonald
Women's Department Antigoni Karali-Dimitriadi
Panhellenic Socialist Movement, PASOK (SIW Vice-President)
  Anna Karamanou
  Fotini Sianou
  Maria Stratigaki
  Sofia Kanta
  Efi Bekou
  Christina Papanikolaou
Women's Section Alexandra Dobolyi
Hungarian Socialist Party, MSzP  
Women's Commission Rita Cinti Luciani
Italian Socialist Party, PSI  
Women's Organisation Nana Mint Cheikhna
Assembly of Democratic Forces, RFD  
National Secretariat for Women Ouafa Hajji
Socialist Union of Popular Forces, USFP  
Women in the PvdA Marije Laffeber
Labour Party, PvdA Marja Bijl
Women's Network Lise Christoffersen
Norwegian Labour Party, DNA (SIW Vice-President)
  Mari Aaby West
Women's Wing Shazia Marri
Pakistan People's Party, PPP  
Women's Forum Sonja Lokar
Social Democrats, SD  
Secretariat for Equality Candela Mora
Spanish Socialist Workers' Party, PSOE  

Consultative member organisations

Women's Organisation Fazilet Ozdenefe
Republican Turkish Party, CTP Zühre Civa
Fatah Salwa Kayed Mousa Hideeb

Observer member organisations

Ata Meken Gulner Dzhurabaeva
Palestinian National Initiative, PNI Bahia Amra
A Just Russia Party Nataliya Velikaya
Central Women's Branch Büsra Ersanli
Peace and Democracy Party, BDP  
National Union of Saharawi Women, UNMS Suelma Emhamed Beiruk
Polisario Front  

Associated member organisations

Party of European Socialist, PES Lesia Radelicki

Guest Organisations

Kurdistan Democratic Women Union Golaleh Sharafkandi
Kurdistan Democratic Party, KDP-I Shehin Zadeahmad
Democratic Party, PD Francesca D'Ulisse

Individual Guests

Egyptian Organisation for Human Rights Mona Makram-Ebeid
Interior Ministry, Government of Greece Maria Stratigaki


SIW Secretariat
  Janice Flower
  Valérie Pierrès




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