Inviation EWL Conference”Loud and United to end violence against women and girls”

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The European Women’s Lobby invites us to a public event “Istanbul Convention: What policies transform commitments into reality” on the 6th of December 2017 from 14h to 17h30, at the Permanent Representation of the Federal Republic of Germany to the European Union (Rue Jacques de Lalaing, 8-14).

You can register to participate in the event here. Registrations will be opened until 29 of November 2017.

Despite progress over the last decades on equality between women and men there is not a single country in the Europe where women and girls are free from male violence. We still have a long way to go to ensure that women and girls can live a life free from violence in the EU. (See EWL Factsheet on Disrupting the continuum of violence against women and girls). Violence against women exists, it is not abstract and women are speaking out about it. As the #MeToo movement has emphasized, it’s time for action. Women’s voices are too loud and too many to be ignored any longer!

 Let’s continue to disrupt the silence and the indifference!


Now is the moment to take stock of the latest developments at EU and at Member State level. The Council of Europe Convention on preventing and combating violence against women and domestic violence, the Istanbul Convention, entered into force 4 years ago, being the most comprehensive treaty on this issue and a key tool to improve legislation and policies. However, at present only 17EU member states have ratified it and more progress is needed to ensure that its provisions are implemented across Europe. At EU Level, there have been important steps in relation to ratification of the Istanbul Convention by the EU and the declaration of 2017 as EU year of focused action to end violence against women. It is crucial that women’s organisations’ continue to monitor this and to ensure that commitments are transformed into reality.

During this event EWL Observatory experts and academics will highlight the key challenges in combating violence against women and in implementing the Istanbul Convention. We will focus on violence against migrant and refugee women and digital violence against women. There will be room for exchange with key CoE and EU decision and several members of the European Coalition to end violence against women will highlight their initiatives.

The event will finish with an inspiring slam poetry performance.

The event will mark the end of a campaign coordinated lead by EWL members which will run from the International Day to Eliminate Violence against Women on 25th November to International Human Rights day on the 10th of December.

EWL Observatory Experts, NGO’s, civil society, women’s rights organisations and representatives of the Council and Europe and EU Institutions will all be present and we call on your participation for this important event!

You can already engage by signing this petition calling for action at EU level to make Europe a safe space for women and girls:

This event acts as a follow-up to the International Conference “Loud and United to end violence against women and girls” organised by the EWL in June 2017 in Brussels city hall. See a brief video with key messages here.

=>For action: EWL Loud & United Social Media toolkit – campaign starting on 25 November!

 We are sharing with you the EWL social media toolkit for the Loud and United EWL social media campaign during the 16 days of activism to end violence against women from 25th November to 10th of December. This social media toolkit aims to provide tools and guidelines for the engagement of members during the EWL social media campaign during the 16 days of activism to end violence against women from 25th November to 10th of December. The toolkit includes 14 social media visuals that you can use and adapt by inserting your key messages and demands on VAWG and your logos – but make sure to read the full social media toolkit carefully first. The toolkit and visuals are available for download on this google drive: drive/folders/ 13EW1zOGAMUb93Ul2AaIZonT72GaSS SqR , and the toolkit is also available on the Living Room here. We will be disseminating the visuals with key messages at EU level in our different social media platforms during the 16 days of activism.

Please, share with us the activities that you are organising during the 16 days of activism so that we can disseminate widely the information.  



“Women’s Movement: Stories of Migration” – IrFUW Conference 2017

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The Queens Women’s Graduate Association (QWGA) will host the annual conference of the Irish Federation of University Women (IRFUW) in the Canada Room of Queen’s University Belfast on Saturday 7 October 2017. This follows the IRFUW Gala Dinner on Friday 6 October in the Great Hall at Queens University Belfast.

The conference title and theme is ‘Women’s Movement: Stories of Migration’.

The conference will explore women’s particular experiences around migration and displacement and to provide a unique opportunity to voice and hear these experiences. The conference will look at the response of institutions, societies, and states and the legal and rights contexts in which women’s migration takes place.

In addition to hearing from delegates, the conference will hear from our keynote speaker, Marie Anderson, the Northern Ireland Public Services Ombudsman, a lawyer with an international reputation in promoting and protecting human rights.

Speakers will address migration in the context of issues including identity, home, memory, and living in diaspora, access to services, legal rights, human rights and security.

Guest speaker: Jane Talbot, Author, Founder of Women Aloud NI Northern Ireland

Conference speakers Themes
Marie Anderson, NIPSO Keynote address
Asma Amro Problems Affecting the Access to Education For Syrian Refugees in Jordan
Dr Patricia Brazil BL Embodied rights: Gender and migration in Irish law’
Dr Evropi Chatzipanagiotidou Law, human rights, migration and diasporas
Dr Johanne Devlin Trew Women’s stories of migration in the Northern Ireland context
Dr Edie Shillue My Granny was a Human Smuggler: Irish/Women in Diaspora
Mimi Unamoyo A Lawyer’s Journey
Dr Ulrike Vieten Personal experience and legal context of EU migration

More details about Conference  and registration here:

IRFUW Conference 2017 details

Booking Form – IRFUW Conference 2017 (2)




Invitation Debate “Return of the death penalty in Europe: genuine threat or populist fiction?”

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Debate: “Return of the death penalty in Europe: genuine threat or populist fiction?”
Date: 10 October, 09.00 – 13.00
Languages: French/English
Location: Room 2, ‘Palais de l’Europe’, Council of Europe

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Call for applications: International Marie S. Curie FRIAS COFUND Fellowship Programme (FCFP) 2018/19, Deadline 10.10.2017(2)

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Thanks to Dr.Katrin BrandtProject Coordinator – Fellowship programmes Freiburg Institute for Advanced Studies – FRIASUWE Board received this call for applications: International Marie S. Curie FRIAS COFUND Fellowship Programme (FCFP) 2018/19, Deadline 10.10.2017


For the fifth time the Freiburg Institute for Advanced Studies (FRIAS, which is the University of Freiburg’s international research college publishes a call for applications of the international Marie S. Curie FRIAS COFUND Fellowship Programme (FCFP), now for the academic year 2018/19.

About 25 fellowships will be awarded through a highly competitive, strictly merit-based selection process.


This programme offers outstanding international researchers, both on the junior and the senior level, an opportunity to apply for an extended research stay here at the Institute. 

We therefore ask you to consider this opportunity for yourself and/or to pass it on to colleagues to whom this call might be of interest.


The programme, which is co-financed by the European Union’s Marie Skłodowska-Curie Programme, is open to all disciplines; the financial conditions are internationally competitive.


Fellowships of 3 to 10 months may be applied for in the senior scheme, while in the junior scheme the fellowship duration is 12 months. Successful applicants will conduct their fellowship between September 2018 and September 2019.

For the fellows at FRIAS, the programme offers outstanding research opportunities, not only in the research environment of a leading European research university, but also with the added advantage of being part of a community of fellows from different disciplines.

FRIAS provides its female researchers with targeted information on attractive offers relating to mentoring, coaching and training. Special attention is given to fellows who plan to come to Freiburg together with their families. FRIAS makes every effort to provide tailor-made solutions with regard to suitable accommodation, child care and educational facilities.


Further information can be found at: fcfp-fellowships.


The deadline for application is October 10, 2017.


FRIAS is looking forward to your application and feels indebted to you for passing on this information to your colleagues!


Vicepresident Candidacy Pina Foti

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UWE Board is pleased to announce second candidacy for Vice President: Giuseppina Foti.

Click on the links to read her CV and motivation letter 

Click on the link to read the letter of recommendation from FILDIS signed by President Prof. Gabriella Anselmi.

The candidate is required to present herself during 5 minutes at the UWE Conference in GRAZ AUSTRIA 24-26 August 2017 to be elected at the AGM. Looking forward to meet Giuseppina!


To the attention of Presidents and CER’s

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Amsterdam 20th of August 2017

Dear Presidents and CER’s , 

I am so happy to announce the conference in Graz is fully overbooked. The VAO – the University Women of Austria and especially Graz have done a marvelous job. It will be a great conference in a wonderful city and I am looking forward to meeting 120 women from all over Europe. We can all celebrate the 95th Anniversary of VAO! Congratulations!
We will post news during the conference on Facebook and of course there will be a report on our website. We hope also to get your reports even when your not able to come. They serve as inspiration to us all.

Not only the influx of migrants in Europe is changing our cultures. Which is the theme of the conference. In some countries accomplishments of our mothers and grandmothers are in danger of being overruled by governments. Another issue is that the crisis has hit women more so then men, as women in most countries had smaller jobs, had lower paid jobs and were on short contracts. Furthermore the changes in pension dates in many European countries have thrown thousands of women in the arms of poverty as they don’t have enough savings to cover the pension gap. And last but not least, the violence against women is rising while still lots of governments have not ratified the Istanbul Convention. There is still lots of work to do. To stand united I would like to draw your attention to two very important proposals at the AGM in Graz.

Support the Collective Complaint for Equal Pay
anne negreThe UWE has great news. As you know we have a collective complaint in fifteen countries against the social charter on the subject of Equal Pay. ( equal-pay-for-equal-work/) We can compliment Anne Negre, our representative at the INGO conference of the Council of Europe for her work as the complaints are admissable. It means we will get answers of the governments as to why the feel they don’t need to take measures of adapt their policies to make sure women and men are paid equally in their countries. We will receive those by September. It means by the end of October our answers will have to be ready. So the UWE proposes to organize a meeting of three days in Amsterdam for the experts and lawyers of each country involved. It will be around half October. Please look around you for experts on Equal pay and some excellent writers. The proposal at the AGM will be to host the meeting including a lunch and dinner. So the associations or individual members will have to pay their own trip and accomodation.

Support the changes in the constitution The UWE stands for an important decision. To stand united in Europe or face losing our representation in Europe. For this reason we have proposed some changes in the constitution allowing non GWI members to be members of UWE. This is in line with the changes GWI has done and will help to keep associations like Finland, Germany, Romania, Lithuania etc on board. Please support this. If there are issues you wish to raise on the matter please let us know in advance so we can prepare answers or propose changes so we can decide this AGM. So in short, please support our proposal. Send us your additional comments or questions in advance. When your not able to come you can write us at your decision and we will vote by proxy.

For the board, Edith Lommerse, President UWE