16 April 2010

EI First World Women’s Conference, scheduled for May 19-22, 2010 in Bangkok



Brussels, 13 April 2010

Dear Colleagues,

In the light of the unstable political situation in Thailand Education International wishes to announce that EI’s First World Women’s Conference, On the Move for Equality, scheduled for May 19-22, 2010 in Bangkok, has been postponed. It will be rescheduled later in the year in Bangkok in the same location at the Ambassador Hotel. The new dates, which will most likely be 24-27 September, will be confirmed to you as soon as we are advised that the situation has stabilized.

The decision to postpone the EI World Women’s Conference was taken by EI because several countries are now advising their citizens against travelling to Thailand, and the state of emergency, declared on 7th April, poses restrictions on freedom of assembly. Special permission from the Thai authorities would now be needed to hold the conference. Although EI would be likely to obtain such permission, it would be difficult to obtain it in time to allow the Conference to take place as scheduled. Unfortunately, relocating to another venue outside of Thailand on the scheduled dates is not feasible in the time available.
This circular will also be sent to all registered participants.

All registered participants who have already booked or purchased their flight to Thailand should contact their travel agency without delay to inquire about the possibility of changing and/or deferring their tickets to Bangkok by approximately five (5) months. An official statement from EI will be posted on the website www.ei-ie.org/women2010 for use by members with their travel or insurance agents in order to assist with claims for ticket refunds or ticket changes. EI will communicate directly with the Ambassador Hotel regarding reservations, and, subsequently, with all registered participants.

Please check the website for additional information, and for questions please contact women2010@ei-ie.org.

Thank you for your cooperation.

Yours sincerely,

Fred van Leeuwen
General Secretary

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