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August 16th 1995

by Anne S. Walker

Hotel Confirmation Letters, FWCW Information, More IWTC Publications and Help Wanted!

1. Hotel Confirmation Letters (HCLs): For all those who have still not received HCLs, we suggest that you go immediately to the nearest Chinese Embassy or Consul-General with your Registration Confirmation Letter (RCL) and passport, and officially apply f or your visa. A computer list of all those who have been sent HCLs is available at Chinese embassies and consuls. The people to contact in Beijing concerning HCLs are Mr. Liu Baoqui and Mr Ma Jiangua. Tel: (86-10) 522-5363 or 522-5364 or 522-5365 or 522-1 133, ext. 3006. Fax: (86-10) 522-5326 or 522-5329 or 238-5431 or 238-4294.

Latin American household workers from the Confederation of Household Workers in Chile, Paraguay and Guatemala have still not received HCLs and have begun to give up hope of visas after sending faxes and express mail messages of enquiry to Beijing. Only 3 representatives of the household workers, all from Brazil, have received HCLs.

2. General Information: The Fourth World Conference on Women (FWCW): Action for Equality, Development and Peace will be held at the Beijing International Convention Centre (BICC). The address is: FWCW, c/o BICC, N0.8 Beichen East Road, Chaoyang District, Beijing 100101. Tel: (86-10) 493-8247/493-8244. Fax: (86-10) 491-0256/499-3993. The time distance between BICC and the centre of Beijing is approximately 25 minutes; between BICC and Beijing Capital Airport is 20 minutes; between BICC and Huairou (NGO For um on Women) is about one hour; between Beijing Capital Airport and Huairou is about 40 minutes. (All of these times are in non-peak hour traffic...)

On the morning of Monday, September 4, a welcoming ceremony for the FWCW will be held in the Great Hall of the People. The formal opening of the FWCW will take place at 3 pm in the Plenary Hall (Hall 1) of the BICC. A centre for registration of participan ts and issuance of access/Identification passes to the FWCW will open at 9.30 am on Friday, 25 August, at the Tennis Hall of the Beijing Recreation Centre (BRC). Registration of accredited intergovernmental and NGOs will begin 28th August at the Tennis Ha ll. The official languages of the FWCW are Arabic, Chinese, English, French, Russian and Spanish. Official documents of the FWCW will be made available in these languages.

3. Latest IWTC Publications on Beijing: Three new publications have been completed by IWTC:

4. HELP WANTED! IWTC is in desperate need of volunteers to work with us at the various programmes with which we are involved at the NGO Forum, particularly the independent global women's bookstore being facilitated by Women, Ink. We are hoping people will join us for 2 to 4 hours a day for Week 1 or Week 2, and we offer on the job training! Also, for every hour volunteered, you will earn a point, redeemable at the end of the NGO Forum with a t-shirt, book or poster!