Call for facilitators and participants for young women’s engagement workshop

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Call for facilitators for young women’s engagement workshop – deadline 15 July

European Women’s Lobby has just published a call for facilitators to develop and deliver the workshop on young women’s engagement this November. You can find all the information on their web page, including the full call for facilitators and application process.

=> Action: Please read the call for facilitators and share with your own members and networks – deadline for applications is 15 July.

Call for participants for young women’s engagement workshop – deadline 8 July

The full call for participants includes a description of the workshop and the questions asked in the application form. Here is the key information:

  • Who can apply? Young women aged 18 to 30 linked to your organisation or to your members can apply so please share with your members and networks. There are also spots for members who do not have to be under 30 years old – for example Board members, working group members, observatory experts, members of members, etc – so if you or someone you know is keen to take part, you also need to apply using the same application form.
  • Deadline? The deadline for ALL applications is 8 July by midnight.
  • Dates of workshop? The workshop takes place from 8 to 11 November included, in Brussels.

=> Action: please share the call for participants with your members and networks, and if you want to apply directly, make sure to do this by midnight on 8 July using the online application form.


Memorandum of understanding UWE and IAUW

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The Boards of University Women of University Women of Europe (UWE) and the Israel Association of University Women (IAUW) hereby announce that a Memorandum of Understanding has been signed between the Presidents of the two organisations, Anne Negre (UWE) and Yemina Peretz – Gabay (IAUW).


The purpose of this agreement is to establish a framework within which IAUW can enhance friendly relations and cooperation within UWE framework including it’s members of European Associations.  IAUW is a member of GWI and promotes lifelong education for women and girls, international cooperation, friendship, peace and respect for human rights for all, irrespective of their age, race, nationality, religion, political opinion, gender and sexual orientation or other status, advocates for the advancement of the status of women and girls and encourages and enables women and girls to apply their knowledge and skills in leadership and decision-making in all forms of public and private life.

UWE will welcome a representative of IAUW to attend and to participate in CER meetings held during its Annual General Meeting. This will promote the mission of organisation in relation to education and professional opportunity for women.

The Boards of UWE will  welcome NFA and IAUW initiatives, projects and visits that will cement this cooperation and develop it further to achieve its full potential. 

Special thanks to our Vice President Aisha Alshawaf and all the members of the Constitutional Committee for their remarkable work on issuing this document.


Call for candidates – Treasurer for UWE Board

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The UWE Board is pleased to invite applications from candidates for the UWE Board. As our Treasurer elected in June 2016 has three years mandate, the UWE Board will have a vacancy for the post of Treasurer.


  1. Applications for the positions of Treasurer, should consist of a CV, photograph and a letter indicating the candidate’s willingness to accept the post should she be elected. The NFA which nominates the candidate should send an accompanying letter pointing out how the candidate fulfills the requirements and criteria of a the post.

  1. Candidates will also be required to make a five-minute presentation at the Annual General Meeting- Geneva 28 of July 2019 in which they introduce themselves, outline their experience and qualifications for the position and indicate how they would propose to contribute to promoting the overall aims of UWE if elected.

  1. Applications should be made to by 16 th of July 2019 at the latest.

  2. Each board member will be asked to fulfill the requirements as described in the Profile of the UWE board member and the duties of a board member. In addition the Treasurer has specific profiles and duties.

PROFILE UWE Board member

Ideally a candidate for the UWE Board should have experience of working within her own National Federation/Association (NFA) or in a similar organization. She should be committed to furthering the aims and objectives of UWE, familiar with the European situation regarding gender equality and interested in lobbying for equal opportunities for both women and men in all aspects of society. She should enjoy travelling1 and be keen to work as a member of a European team. In order to avoid conflict of interests it would be preferable if she did not have an official function within her own NFA.


  • Excellent Fluency in English (both written and oral) and preferably also in French;

  • Competence in I.T.: e.g. Skype; WordPress, Facebook, Excel etc.

  • Competence in collective governance and administration of organizations

  • Knowledge of the EU, Council of Europe and European Women’s Lobby


  • high level of competence in teamwork and networking;

  • knowledge of the workings of EU subsidies and project funding possibilities

  • experience in budgeting and bookkeeping

The specific duties:

  • Collecting the dues

  • Budgeting

  • Payment of the budgeted invoices/reimbursements

  • Managing Travel Fund

  • Collecting the membership-dues

  • Encouraging donations

  • Applying for subsidies, tax opportunities etc.

  • Two monthly report on finance to the President

  • Compiling a Financial Report for the General Assembly

  • Contributing to the UWE strategic and work plan


UWE gives a small remuneration which partly covers travel costs. In practice a member of UWE spends approximately 1500 Euro per year additionally.

Reflection on EWL GA Brussels 7-9 June

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Board members EWL and Aisha Alshawaf, Observer

Two of our board members attended the General Assembly for the European Women’s Lobby in Brussels 7-8 June:  Annelies Pierrot – Bults, executive member of the assembly, Treasurer  and Aisha Alshawaf as an Observer.

The theme was making Europe work for women, EWL envisions a society in which women’s contribution to all aspects of life is recognized, rewarded and celebrated .
We had an interesting, stimulating and productive agenda dealing with strategic review emphasizing gender equality in EU manifesto and Gender equality in trade policy .
Our time during those days contributed to Alliances with other organisations to influence change we defiantly have shared strategy with like minded organisation cross the board from European countries. A time well spent and will bring positive energy to UWE, hopefully you will join us in Geneva and get more details from Annelies on her work with EWL economic working group.

Call for candidates Jans Gremée Award

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The UWE Board and the JGA Committee call for candidates for the Jans Gremée Award 2018. Nominations should be entered before the 16 th of July 2019 including a motivation maximum 400 words, a colour picture of the candidate and CV.

Criteria for nomination for the JGA

  • The award can only be awarded to a female citizen of Europe.

  • The contribution for the nomination for the award must enhance European Matters and should be innovative.

  • It is not obligatory that the award-winner is a member of UWE/GWI. This is to make UWE outward-looking and innovative oriented.

Jans Gremmée founder of UWE in 1981
At the occasion of the 16th IFUW Conference in Karlsruhe, Germany, a small group of participants took the initiative for the European associations/federations to start studying the consequences of the European developments for their organizations.

Several meetings were held and in 1975, Jans Gremmée inquired at the IFUW now GWI headquarters if and how headquarters could help to further nomination of capable European women in positions of influence and decision-making in the new Europe. GWI answered that it would undertake activities on a global level only. This meant that for any actions to the further interests of women in Europe, European associations/federations had to bundle their forces at a regional, European level.

In 1977 a few European participants at the 19th IFUW Conference Stirling, Scotland, took up the initiative to realize the Consultative Status for a new NGO to be founded for the University Women in Europe. A proposal thereto was launched by German DAB’s Gisela Kessel (†) and the Dutch VVAO’s Jans Gremmée in 1978. Several meetings were held and during a meeting in Luxembourg 28-29. November 1981 UWE started its official life. At that time, fourteen European NFAs (countries) participated. The Seat was to be in Switzerland. In 1982 the first Executive was chosen, with Jans Gremmée as its president.

Nowadays UWE is a network of Associations of University Women from sixteen European countries working in partnership with the Council of Europe and the European Women’s Lobby to address issues impacting the lives of academic women throughout the European community. Its aim is to work towards an achievement of the goals of the Council of Europe and also to cooperate with all other European governmental and non-governmental organizations dealing with European matters and in particular questions affecting the lives of academic women.

The Jans Gremmeé award was proposed by the Dutch NFA to encourage and compliment women for their work for a peaceful Europe and a better position for women and girls.

Candidates can be proposed by any NFA.

Please let us know ultimately 16 th of July 2019 at


Briefly about UWE Meet & Greet – Dundee

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What a time to be in Dundee, congratulation Graduate Women of Scotland for hosting such a wonderful event and many thanks to all the speakers and our participants for being a part of it.

On day one, we were welcomed on a sunny weather at the University of Dundee by Dr Ajit Trivedi Director Department of Equality and Diversity, showing us no wonder why we are here, gender stuff profile being mostly women.

Then Dr Fiona Sutherland introduced UWE Board participants : VP Aisha Alshawaf with a message from President Anne Negre not being present, VP Pina Foti, Secretary General Roxana Elena Petrescu with a short presentation of UWE and our work, Treasurer Annelies Pierrot Builts joined us immediately after the tea break.

After Catherine Bell former President of GWI sharing her identity and her story and Dr Eileen Focke-Bakker reminding us about the most expected event of the year “GWI Triennal Conference – Geneva”, we were getting excited to see inspirational women telling their stories about how their career/life has not taken the route they initially planned.

Erica Hensens, Director of Quality & Academic Standards at the University of Dundee telling her story from leadership of a male dominated Students Union to directorship of one of the top MBA programmes in the world.

Dr Sarah Haq, Saudi Arabia origin moved to Pakistan, studying Dental Public Health, currently a Masters Student at the University of Dundee , involved in many philanthropic and fundraising activities: offering free dental treatments and helping families to have access to clean water facilities and dental health in Pakistan, calling education “a long journey to become herself”.

Angie Foreman with an impressive empowerment work with women, she has created award winning social enterprises, community empowerment models and Corporate Social Responsibility programmes for the Coca Cola 5 by 20 projects, to the benefit of hundreds of women, her vision is “pulling together “all women that want to start a business regardless of their social/cultural background or economic situation.

Dee Gates with an incredible story, changing from man to woman, today legally classified woman, somehow reminding us of the book by David Ebershoff – “The Danish Girl”.

Why My Identity, My Story? Rachel Marsh – GWS explained there will be an ebook that will commemorate the delegates who attend the 2019 UWE Meet & Greet by highlighting their lives and achievements, everyone has a unique story that has helped to shape our identity, there is still time to email it to by 10 June 2019.

Later on, all the delegates where officially welcomed by Dundee City Council in the City Chambers of Dundee and first evening ended with a welcome meal in Dundee Rep. Restaurant.

On our second day, we had thoughts from three different women:

Pushing the boundaries of forensic science and daring to think with Professor Niamh Nic Daeid, Director of the Leverhulme Research Centre for Forensic Science, University of Dundee, the only woman to receive the Pete Ganci Award for Fire Investigation and the Distinguished Forensic Scientist award from the European Network of Forensic Science Institutes.

What women don’t say publicly about careers in academic science, but should with Dr Ishbel Duncan, Director of Scottish Informatics and Computer Science Alliance, University of St. Andrews, currently on the Gender Pay Equality committee and a veteran of Athena Swan bids,  introduced MSc programmes and supervised many MSc and PhD dissertations students, she is vocal against stress caused by work overload, dealing with student stress and anxiety, her Labrador is a recognized therapist for use in the University.

Women in Games, Applied Games by Professor Ruth Falconer, Leader of Games Technology and Mathematics Division, School of Design and Informatics, University of Dundee, interested in the broader use of games technology including games engines, graphics hardware and related infrastructure to develop intuitive and playable models of complex systems, current areas of application Water – Energy  – Food – nexus, Microbial Ecology, Health, Social Care.  Recently appointed as an executive board member for Women in Games to ensure there is equal opportunity and treatment for those entering the games industry, she’s working to increase gender diversity on the games programming and technology courses at Abertay University.

Then the most expected moment of the day – storytelling “Pechakuchas”, 20 slides presentations for 20 seconds of commentary each (6 minutes total) and they did it admirably to the audience’s delight:  Ora Sharon,  Aisha Alshawaf, Fiona Sutherland, Rachel Marsh and Susie Schofield.

We went to hear another story about Dundee’s jute at Verdant WorksScotland’s Jute Museum for lunch and an interesting tour, learning more about women on trades, it was Dundee’s womenfolk on whom the city”s prosperity was built.

Our evening Ceilidh successfully competed Eurovision song contest with sing-along-a-graduate women, everybody singing or dancing or simply having fun.

And finally, after two superbe days spent together in Dundee, some of us went on tour to visit Glamis Castle -the childhood home of Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother-to recharge batteries and find inspiration for our life stories.



Campaign for #genderequalEU – Women are majority in the EU. Why not in the European parliament?

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In May 2019, the new composition of the European Parliament will be voted by European citizens. The decision of the elections will also have an impact on the face of the new European Commission and will have an influence on European politics, taking on the present and shaping the future of women and girls in Europe.

We hope that you can join us in the campaign for #genderequalEU, data show that women are still very much second-class citizens in the European Union (EU) –  2018 Report on equality between women and men in EU 

1. Vote for women candidates who promote women rights and gender equality issues. We need more #womenasexperts in the parliament, see here  Women in the EU Parliament
Did you know that women make more than half (51 %) of the EU population? And yet, our share of political power in the EP is currently down to 36 %. Yes, even less than in spring 2017 (picture). We need to change that.
2. Encourage others to vote. Spread the word to your NFAs, friends, relatives, colleagues…The percentage of people voting in the EU elections is decreasing. In 2014 elections, only 42 % of the EU electorate voted.
#ThistimeImvoting campaign reminds us that “as Europeans we face many challenges, from migration to climate change, from youth unemployment to data privacy. We live in an ever more globalized, competitive world. At the same time, the Brexit referendum has demonstrated that the EU is not an irrevocable project. And while most of us take democracy for granted, it also seems under increasing threat, both in principle and practice.”
3. Support the EWL’s 50/50 campaign. “With the campaign 50/50: Women for Europe – Europe for Women, the European Women’s Lobby wants to achieve parity in the European Parliament, but also among the Commissioners and regarding the top EU jobs. We also want the EU to realize that ensuring equality between women and men and integrating a gender perspective in all policy and financial frameworks is an obligation of the European Union as per the EU Treaties.”
4. Sign the petition for a Feminist Europe on the EWL’s website.  
5. Utilize social mediaFeel free to use this photo in Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.
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6. After the elections, encourage your government to put forward a woman as your candidate for European Commissioner.  
As you can see, there weren’t too many of them in the 2014 – 2019 commission.
7. Also, remind your elected MEPs that gender equality deserves more than 1 % of the EU budget