Her Majesty Queen Margarita of Bulgaria was guest of honour at an international meeting, which took place at Vrana Palace near Sofia.
The event was organised by the Society of BusinessWomen (SBW) and the International Women’s Club – Sofia (IWC – Sofia). The two entities have agreed upon a future mutual cooperation. The occasion gathered together women from within the diplomatic community as well as from different business areas and many walks of life in Bulgaria. Those who were present expressed their excitement to be personally acquainted with the Queen and to be able to share with her their ideas and projects.
The President of the International Women’s Club – Sofia Angela Bird said that the 21st yearly Charity Bazaar of the IWC will take place on December 6th in Sofia. Guest of honour this year will be Her Majesty, who will also inaugurate the event. 49 countries will be represented with traditional souvenirs, their national cuisine, folklore, etc. All funds collected from the bazaar will be used for the charitable causes of the club. The IWC – Sofia was founded in 1989 and has united foreigners living in Bulgaria mostly from the diplomatic and business community. Only during 2014 the organisation has raised more than 320,000 Leva.
The President of the Society of Business Women Tsvetelina Uzunova announced the major projects of the association for 2016. The most important project will be the organising of the first meeting of Balkan business women in Sofia. SBW is already in contact with similar organisations in Macedonia, Serbia, Greece, Romania and Turkey. Priority will also be given to the campaign Mother on time, supported by Hope hospital, the largest hospital in the country for women’s reproductive health. For this initiative SBW will work in partnership with the Family Policy Institute, led by former Minister of social welfare Hristina Hristova, who was among the guests. Last but not least there will be campaigns dedicated to the prevention of violence against women. Ms Uzunova pointed out that amongst those present were the authors of the Law on protection from domestic violence – Prof. Aneliya Mingova and Marina Dikova. A commitment to the activities of both organisations expressed the popular TV anchor of BNT Mira Dobreva.
During the eventful evening Talisman jewellery boutique showed a lovely selection from their current autumn range whilst Queen Margarita was presented with a small gift – a bracelet in smoky quartz – the stone of harmony.
Photos: Paraskeva Georgieva