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Over the last month the W8 have visited Canada, France, the UK, the Netherlands, Brussels and Spain bringing the voices of their communities and the need to meet the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), to a global audience.
Here are a few highlights: The tour kicked off in Canada on International Women’s Day. After a meeting with members of the Canadian Parliament a motion to have the Foreign Affairs Committee discuss maternal and child health as a priority issue for the G8 Summit was introduced to the Canadian Parliament - a great victory!
In France they launched the new Oxfam France health campaign, Non-assistance à mere en danger and in the UK they attended the Student Stop AIDS Campaign Day of Action.
In Brussels the group met the Belgium Prime Minister Leterme, and attended an Oxfam Millennium Development Goals hearing at the European Parliament, chaired by Michael Cashman, Member of the European Parliament and rapporteur on the MDGs, with Andris Piebalgs, EU Development Commissioner. Commissioner Piebalgs was impressed enough to blog about the event.
In Spain , the women attended the Spain Africa International Women for a Better World event and met the Queen of Spain, Mary Robinson, the Vice President of Spain and the President of Liberia - WOW! What a way to end an incredible month!!
Stay tuned for more from the W8 this year in their fight for Health and Education For All!
Flickr slideshow of the W8 visit to the United Kingdom
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