March 19, 2019

Ladies Ambassadors’ group meeting for International Women’s Day

In the picture sitting from left to right: H.E. Ms. Sahar Ghanem, Ambassador of Yemen, H.E. Ms. Sabine Nölke, Ambassador of Canada, H.E., Ms. Ngo Thi Hoa, Ambassador of Viet Nam, H.E. Ms. Brandusa-Ioana Predescu, Ambassador of Romania, the President of the Dutch Senate, H.E. Ms. Ankie Broekers-Knol, H.E. Ms. Marithza Ruiz, Ambassador of Guatemala and coordinator of the group of Women Ambassadors, H.E. Ms. Irene Florence Mkwawa-Kasyanju, Ambassador of the United Republic of Tanzania, H.E. Dr. Heidemaria Gürer, Ambassador of Austria and H.E. Ms. Rawan Sulaiman, Chief of Palestinean Mission.

From left to right: H.E. Dr. Ilze Rūse, Ambassador of the Republic of Latvia, H.E. Ms. Eksiri Pintaruchi, Ambassador of the Kingdom of Thailand, H.E. Ms. Mirsada Čolaković, Ambassador of Bosnia and Herzegovina, H.E. Ms. Kaili Terras, Ambassador of Estonia, H.E. Ms. Päivi Kaukoranta, Ambassador of Finland, H.E. Ms. Tatiana Pârvu, Ambassador of Moldova, H.E. Ms. Andrea Gustovic Ercegovac, Ambassador of Croatia, H.E. Ms. Regina Maria Cordeiro Dunlop, Ambassador of Brazil, H.E. Ms. Sanja Stiglic, Ambassdor of Slovenia, H.E. Ms, Adia Sakiqi, Ambassador of Albania, H.E. Ms. Maria Alonso, Ambassador of the Kingdom of Spain, H.E. Ms. Rosa Batoréu, Ambassador of Portugal, H.E. Ms. Maria Teresa de Jesus Infante Caffi, Ambassador of Chile and H.E. Ms. Soraya Alvarez, Ambassador of the Republic of Cuba.

Thursday 14th of March, the Ladies Ambassadors’ group in The Netherlands gathered at the Eric Jan Fransen Kookstudio. After International Women’s Day, it seemed like the perfect time for the President of the Dutch Senate, H.E. Ms. Ankie Broekers-Knol, to come have a discussion with about 20 other ambassadors, all women.

By Aurore Heugas.

“Every day should be International Women’s Day, but this seemed like a fitting time to welcome Ankie Broekers-Knol among us”, started H.E. Ms. Marithza Ruiz, Ambassador of Guatemala to The Netherlands and coordinator of the Ladies Ambassadors’ group in The Hague. “Seeing so many women Ambassadors in one country is not common, and should be celebrated”.

The Ambassador of Guatemala and the President of the Dutch Senate. Close to them the Ambassador of Finland, H.E. Ms.Päivi Kaukoranta, the Ambassador of the Republic of Moldova, H.E. Ms. Tatiana Pârvu and the Ambassador of Croatia, H.E. Ms. Andrea Gustovic Ercegovac.

For this annual meeting, a guest of exception came for a visit. Ankie Broekers-Knol, President of the Dutch Senate, was there to discuss with other powerful women.

Talks revolved around current affairs, from Dutch politics and the approaching Senate elections, to Brexit, as well as International Women’s Day. This gathering took place at The Hague’s Kookstudio in Javastraat, offering an intimate atmosphere with dim chandelier and candle light along with a robust fireplace.

Ms. Lucia Rodriguez Fetzer, Counsellor and Consul General of Guatemala., H.E. Ms. Marithza Ruiz de Vielman and Ms. Celeste Marinelli, Consejero, Press Officer, Embassy of Guatemala

More than a discussion, this gathering was the occasion for likeminded women to think of new ways to reach common goals.

After about an hour and a half, the group took a break to take a picture together, showing a united front between the Women Ambassadors in The Netherlands. This photo is the demonstration of different cultures coming together and trying to help one another, in the spirit of global diplomacy and in the spirit of International Women’s Day.

The President of the Dutch Senate, H.E. Ms. Ankie Broekers-Knol, together with many women ambassadors in The Hague during the discussions.

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