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CEF event in partnership with the Women’s Lobby and guest of honour Mrs. Sviatlana Tsikhanouskaya, on justice, peace, and democracy between the free people of Belarus and the UK.

Date: 08/03/2023
Time: 16h30 – 21h00 CET
Location: Churchill Room, Palace of Westminster, London
Event Format: Reception
Audience: Parliamentary guests, Women’s Lobby journalists, diplomatic staff, and policy stakeholders

Guest of Honour:

Sviatlana Tsikhanouskaya, Democratic Leader of Belarus

Supporting speeches:

Bob Seely MP, Member of the UK Foreign Affairs Committee and of the APPG for Ukraine;
Ms Caroline Wheeler, Political Editor of the Sunday Times and Chair of the Women’s Lobby;
Mr Jonathan Hill, Co-Founder of the Centre for a European Future;
Lord Harrington, Ex-Minister for Refugees.

Event Summary

The Centre for a European Future held an International Women’s Day reception in partnership with the Women’s Lobby – a group which brings together all female journalists in the UK who have access to the Parliamentary estate. The event was kindly hosted by Bob Seely MP, who is a member of the UK Foreign Affairs Select Committee and of the APPG for Ukraine.

The event was attended by Guest of Honour, Mrs. Sviatlana Tsikhanouskaya, National Head of Belarus and Head of the National Transition Cabinet. She spoke at the event alongside Ms. Caroline Wheeler, Political Editor of the Sunday Times and Chair of the Women’s Lobby, Mr. Bob Seely MP, Mr. Jonathan Hill, Co-Founder of the Centre for a European Future and Lord Harrington, ex-Minister for Refugees.

CEF were delighted to welcome a number of guests from across the UK, unified in their commitment to democratic values and the leadership of women in the political space. These included Security Minister Tom Tugendhat MP, Shadow Home Secretary Yvette Cooper MP, his excellency Eitvydas Bajarunas ambassador of Lithuania to the United Kingdom amongst other significant voices.

They all listened to Ms. Tsikhanouskaya’s speech that addressed the shared commitment to justice, peace and democracy held between the free people of Belarus and the UK. Delving into the topic, she implored the necessity of democracies not to appease dictators, highlighted the need for the European community to stand together and the critical role of women within the struggle for freedom and human rights.

The host of strong supporting speakers stood in solidarity with Ms. Tsikhanouskaya, championing the democratic struggle of the people of Belarus and reiterated the need for unwavering commitment in support of leaders such as Ms. Tsikhanouskaya and women fighting for democracy around the world.