Agenda AGM

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Please send us your proposals for the agenda ultimately 1 august 2017 at boarduwe@gmail.com. Due to personal circumstances we were not able to present the draft agenda earlier That is why we urge you to send us your questions and proposals asap. the link for the program of the full conference is here Conference Program June 2017

Annual General Meeting Agenda – GRAZ, 26th of AUGUST 2017

08.45 – 09.00 am  Registration. To be able to vote at the AGM either the known CER (as known on the website) or a delegate with a proxy from the NFA must present themselves as such at the registration desk on the day of the AGM. Only NFA’s that have paid their dues on the 15th of August will be allowed to vote.

  • 09.00 am 11.00 Welcome
    EU Strategy Gender Equality, by Isabelle Trimaille Vice President UWE
  • Sharing reports NFAs: please use the ppt draft report as we will have a “inspiration Market”. Meaning we will use lunch also as a moment to get more info on the main subjects and themes of NGAs. There will be a slide show during the whole conference during breaks and of course on our website and Facebook.

12.30 lunch – voting and meeting up with Cers

13.30 second part AGM

1. Adoption agenda

2. Minutes the minutes  were published on this site within a month after the AGM in Winchester.  Minutes AGM 2016

3. Reports

a. overall report by the President

b. Vice Presidents

c. Financial statement 2016. Election of members financial committee; we call for members of the financial committee

Financial statement and proposal will follow shortly.

4. Proposal to host a seminar Equal Pay in Amsterdam half October 2017
The 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.

Collective Complaint 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 organises 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.

5. Adaptation of the UWE Constitution UWE Constitution new   and Bye Laws.

Reasons for changing the constitution   

Current UWE Constitution

UWE Constitution remarks

Background: In 2015 it was decided that because of the name change of the IFUW into GWI the UWE Constitution needed to be adapted. A committee was installed to adapt the UWE constitution and bye-laws. The committee was led by CER of Finland and lawyer Marita Salo and consisted of three other lawyers: Annelies Pierrot, Anne Negre and Georgeta Stoican. Besides the name change of IFUW to GWI the UWE board proposes to adapt the deadlines for proposals and plans as it is now possible to communicate digitally. Also the possibility of electronic vote is part of the new constitution and lastly to accept associated members. Last year we had an extensive discussion during the AGM and came up with a possible solution. Namely to introduce the concept of “friends of UWE” as members like GWI has in 2016 in Cape Town. 

6. Proposal Next AGM 2018 and Meet and Greet 2018
Due to circumstances in Sicily the planned Meet and Greet 2017 could not be held. Fildis has made it known to us that they have the intention to host a Meet and Greet in April 2018. 

We hope to receive invitations for the AGM.

Proposal to host 2018 UWE AGM & Conference in Rome

7. Budget 2018 and Proposal dues 2018. The balance will be presented under the reports. Because we have less members in 2016 still hoping to get more  with allowing for associate members, the Board proposes… The proposal will follow shortly. 

8. Any other business.

Invitation to the UWE Conference 2017 in Graz, Austria 24-27 August

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We are pleased to invite you to the next Annual General Meeting of the University Women of Europe in Graz. As usual, the AGM will be combined with a two-day conference. This year, the conference theme is: “Changing Cultures”. The large number of refugees from Islamic countries present a challenge for Europe and are sometimes perceived as a threat to women. Our focus will be on the issues and chances arising from the current situation of refugees in Europe.

What does this process of migration mean for the women fleeing their home countries, but also, what does it mean for the women in the countries accepting refugees? How does the social climate change? How do the traditional and arriving cultures interact with each other? What impact does all this have on women?

We will try to find ideas on how to deal with encountering different cultures and different values, while also being concerned with equal rights and respect for women. In addition to this, we will investigate possible ways in which refugee women can become part of the European society. 

We are looking forward to meeting you, exchanging ideas and continuing to be engaged in the work towards an improvement of women’s lives in Europe and all over the world.

The conference is open to all members of the University Women of Europe and their friends.

WELCOME TO GRAZ

The Austrian Federation of University Women (VAÖ) is happy to host the UWE Annual General Meeting 2017 in Graz. The city of Graz is located in southern Austria and is known for its Mediterranean atmosphere and relaxed life style. With about 300.000 inhabitants and over 50.000 students, it is a very lively city with lots of interesting things to do and to see. The conference will take place in the city’s historic center, a UNESCO world cultural heritage. You will find magnificent Gothic, Renaissance and Baroque architecture as well as romantic inner courtyards and hidden alleys all over the city. There are numerous museums, churches, theaters and an opera house, countless cafés and restaurants.

TRANSPORTATION

Graz can be reached easily by various means of transport: The city has an international airport with several daily flights to Vienna and many other large European transport hubs. If you fly to Vienna, you can take a direct bus (from the airport or the city center) to the center of Graz (www.flixbus.at) or use the national railway service (www.oebb.at). Within the city, the public transport system is well-structured with trams and busses – a three day ticket can be purchased online for 12 € prior to your arrival (https://ticket.holding-graz.at).

CONFERENCE PROGRAMME

  • Thursday 24 August: Arrival and registration, welcome reception.
  • Friday, 25 August: Welcome notes, keynote speeches and workshops followed by a country evening with traditional Austrian music and food. On this evening we will also celebrate the 95th anniversary of the VAÖ.
  • Saturday 26 August: UWE Annual General Meeting; Gala Dinner in the evening.

A detailed schedule of the conference programme will be available on the UWE website.

WORKSHOPS

We welcome proposals for workshops on the conference theme. If you are interested in leading a workshop, please send us a proposal consisting of a ten-line summary (max. 300 words) about the workshop. Workshops should take no longer than 60 minutes, including a presentation of approximately 20 minutes. Please submit your proposal no later than 30 April 2017 to boarduwe@gmail.com.

CONFERENCE VENUE

The Franciscan monastery in the city center of Graz will serve as our conference location. It is a historic site with beautiful architecture and a long, interesting history. The buildings were recently renovated and were turned into a modern conference center. 

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OPTIONAL TOURS

23 August 2017 (pre-conference tour):

Tour 1 – An afternoon in Vienna

An afternoon in Vienna with a guided city tour through the city’s historic centre. This tour is ideal for participants arriving in Vienna and wishing to explore Austria’s capital before travelling on to Graz. (Approx. 20 €) You can either spend the night in Vienna or go to Graz by train or bus the same evening.

27 August (post-conference tours):

Tour 2 – Graz city tour

Guided city walking tour of Graz, showing beautiful hidden treasures and historical highlights of the city. Duration: approximately 2 hours. (11 €)

Tour 3 – Western Styria

A bus tour to the western part of Styria, visiting the Lipizzaner stud (the white Lipizzaner horses bred there perform in the renowned Spanish Riding School in Vienna) and a church designed by the celebrated Austrian artist F. Hundertwasser. Lunch will be provided. Duration: approximately 6 hours. (Approx. 70 €)

Tour 4 – Wine Country

A bus tour of the wine country in the southern part of Styria, often referred to as “Austrian Tuscany”. This tour includes a traditional Styrian lunch (“Brettljause”) at a typical local restaurant and a wine tasting. Duration: approximately 6 hours. (Approx. 70 €)

ACCOMMODATION

Hotel Weitzer: www.hotelweitzer.com, just across the bridge (200 m) from the conference location.

Double/single room: 80 € per night (+15 € for optional breakfast)

Reservations: hotel@weitzer.com

Hotel Daniel: www.hoteldaniel.com, next to the main train station, 10 minutes by tram from the conference location.

Double/single room: 69 € per night (+ 15€ for optional breakfast)

Reservations: hellograz@daniel.com

When making a reservation in one of the hotels, please use the following code:

UWE Conference 2017

For people who need barrier-free access, there are some single rooms (35 € per person, no breakfast) available in the monastery/conference location. There will also be a limited number of single rooms available in the VAÖ dorm (20 € per person, incl. light breakfast), located approximately 20 minutes from the city centre by tram. If you are interested in staying at one of these two accommodations, please write to club@graz-vaoe.at as soon as possible.

CONFERENCE FEE

The conference fee includes conference registration and documents, all lunches, coffee/tea and the Austrian evening (95th Anniversary of VAÖ). Registration deadline: June 30.

REGISTRATION DEADLINE

FULL CONFERENCE

FRIDAY 25 August

SATURDAY 26 August

Members

Early bird fee

20 May 2017

185 €

Regular fee

30 June 2017

210 €

150 €

100 €

Young member fee

30 June 2017

170 €

Gala dinner

45 €

Non-members

Early bird fee

30 April 2017

210 €

Regular fee

30 June 2017

240 €

Gala dinner

55 €

Click here to register online your participation!

Please pay your fees to the following Austrian bank account:

Verband der Akademikerinnen Österreichs
BIC: STSPAT2GXXX
IBAN: AT41 2081 5020 0010 1374

For any additional inquiries about the conference, please contact VAÖ: club@graz-vaoe.at and use the subject line: UWE CONFERENCE 2017

 

 

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. (https://uweboard.wordpress.com/collectivecomplaint- 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 boarduwe@gmail.com your decision and we will vote by proxy.

For the board, Edith Lommerse, President UWE

Proposal to host 2018 UWE AGM & Conference in Rome

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The Board is glad to announce we’ve received a letter on behalf of FILDIS – Federazione italiana Laureate e Diplomate Istituti Superiori, signed by President Prof. Gabriella Anselmi, to host the AGM Conference 2018 in the beautiful city of Rome.

Rome is one of the most beautiful cities in the world to return frequently. It gathers open arms. It also constitutes an Open Air Museum.
The Powerpoint will show you some of the places where we will choose the locations for our events.
FILDIS will be happy to host the 2018 UWE Conference in Italy.
We will gladly welcome you to Rome.
We inform you that all costs will be borne by the participants.
FILDIS can not support all these expenses.
Looking forward to see you in Graz next week!
For the board,
many regards,
Roxana Elena Petrescu
Secretary General University Women of Europe

Aisha Alshawaf – UWE Vice President Candidate

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UWE Board is pleased to announce first candidate for Vice President: Aisha Alshawaf, immediate past Vice-President of The British
Federation of Women Graduates.

Click on the link to read her application form

Click on the link to read the recommendation letter from British Federation of Women Graduates signed by Dr G.E. Banner PhD,  Immediate Past President.

She also has the support of their CER Jenny Morley.

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.

Other applications by the NFA in a letter of recommendation should be accompanied by a CV, photograph and a motivational letter stating the candidate will accept the Vice Presidency.

Applications should be made to boarduwe@gmail.com to arrive ten days before the AGM, i.e. by 15th of August 2017 at the latest.

 

Why don’t women earn more? the BBC pay gap story

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Is it the culture? Is it men? Or is it women, afraid to ask for what they’re worth? The reality is that it’s a messy combination of all these things. But only one of them can be changed quickly: how women feel about themselves and their value.

The BBC is facing a backlash from female stars over pay after revealing that only a third of its 96 top earners are women and the top seven are all men. 20 wealthy women at the BBC are paid the same as 40 wealthy men. It’s about the millions of women elsewhere who feel uncomfortable about saying: “Can I have a 20% pay rise this year?” This is the internalised pay gap, and it’s everywhere. Or at least anywhere where women in well-paid jobs feel able to have a say. Let’s not even get started on the low-skilled and low-paid who never get the opportunity to negotiate their own pay.

Privately, many women will admit their internal barriers are a problem. And they’ve had enough. In fact there’s an intriguing trend running alongside the BBC pay story. Rapidly gaining momentum over the past 12 months, a new branch of self-help has emerged that calls itself “money mindset mentoring”. It’s aimed at women and is an American trend – of course – but it has an international audience. The term “money mindset” has over 33m results on Google and rising.

This idea is championed by Jen Sincero, author of You Are a Badass at Making Money (yes, this is a real book title), Marie Forleo (“Oprah for the next generation”) and Australia’s Denise Duffield-Thomas (motto: “Get rich, lucky bitch”). I interviewed Sincero recently at an event where the nearly all-female audience was hanging on to her every word. Her books are New York Times bestsellers and have been translated into over 20 languages. Wasn’t she duping women, I asked, by telling them, for example, that they just needed to trust “the law of attraction”? (This is the self-help idea that if you ask the universe nicely for something, it will give it to you.) She slapped me down. This isn’t about wishing on a star, she said, this is about making concrete plans and naming what you want.

Clearly some of these coaches have indeed figured out how to get rich: by getting you to buy their books and courses. But others do seem on a genuine mission. Duffield-Thomas, who has just launched a new online “money bootcamp” for women, quotes a 2016 American Express report about the United States, where 38% of businesses are owned by women: “Women-owned businesses account for 4% of the nation’s revenues, a figure that has not changed in the past 20 years.” Her mission is to change this by helping women to bust through their “money blocks” (“I don’t deserve this”, “I can’t ask for too much”, “I’ll only sabotage myself”).

Knowing Your Value author Mika Brzezinski
Photograph: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images
 ‘There’s no harm in following advice from the likes of author Mika Brzezinski (photo): show your boss what you could do in six months and put a number on it.’

Such advice, even if it is couched in psychobabble, could be the necessary corrective. Some of these gurus are addressing in simple language what most of us are afraid to admit: a lot of women have subconscious prejudices about what they are entitled to ask for.

In my first job in journalism 20 years ago, I found out a male colleague with similar responsibilities to mine was being paid almost double my salary. “We pay enough to keep you in shoes, don’t we?” was my editor’s response. It was true. I had a lot of great shoes. Although at that particular moment I wished I had been coming in in a pair of old flip-flops. I secured a job offer from a place where I didn’t really want to work but would have gone if I’d had to. They matched the salary immediately.

Yes, yes, yes, I know. No one should have to do this. It should all just be fair and equal. And everyone should get a warm glass of milk before bedtime. But there’s a reason L’Oréal poured millions of advertising dollars into the slogan: “Because you’re worth it”. If most women already thought they were worth it, this wouldn’t need to be said.

 

Of course there are unconscious biases on both sides of the conversation about pay. One US study by researchers at Harvard and Carnegie Mellon University showed that women were seen as “tough and unlikable” in salary negotiations and judged accordingly. Men were not. If women are judged more harshly for asking for more money, the impact of this particular bias is obvious.

One fascinating aspect to the BBC story is that many of the women in question would not have been negotiating their own salaries. So did their agents (male or female) also internalise ideas about their clients’ worth? Gary Lineker’s agent said that the lower pay was the fault of “female agents” not asking for enough. Although he also said that he would “never buy a house off a woman” because they negotiate too hard. It seems we are all saddled with preconceptions about money and gender that will take years to unravel.

In the meantime, why not risk being disliked? Ask for what you’re worth. Be prepared to demonstrate it. Back it up with examples and counter-offers. There’s no harm in following advice from the likes of Mika Brzezinski, author of Knowing Your Value (and latterly the TV presenter better known for “bleeding from a face-lift”, according to Donald Trump): show your boss what you could do in six months and put a number on it. Don’t talk too much while you’re asking, let them take it in. Never say: “I’m sorry to ask” or “I have childcare issues”. (“No one cares about you and your issues.”)

Transparency and legislation are crucial, of course. And perhaps the playing field will begin to level in the UK when it becomes law – from April 2018 – for companies employing at least 250 workers to publish wage figures. But such measures are slow and will not solve everything. Meanwhile the pay gap will take as much busting from inside as from outside. The message from Sincero, badass money mentor woman, is this: “Uncover what’s holding you back from making money.” Certainly, the culture is. But women are the culture too. Change happens with repeated, individual micro-actions. Or at least that’s how it looks from where I’m standing, looking tough and unlikable in these jewel-encrusted flip-flops.

 

by Viv Groskop, writer and standup comedian

Source: The Guardian

“Migrantes 2017” at TAOMODA

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Presented on 19 th June, just before World Refugee Day, at the Greek Theater of Taormina, the project “Fildis Syracuse – Migrantes 2017”  is the result of an international cooperation of promotion women’s talents and professionalism for social and cultural integration of immigrant women. Invited by Elena Flavia Castagnino Berlinghieri President Fildis Syracuse and UWE Vicepresident, UWE Board represented by President Edith Lommerse, Treasurer Annelies Pierrot -Bults and Secretary General Roxana Elena Petrescu, attended on 15 July the TAOMODA opening event  in the presence of personalities from fashion and television gathered together in the centre of wonderful city of Taormina. A unique piece of clothing designed to support the “Migrantes” Project by Filly Cusenze promoted by volunteer associations Fildis Syracuse and the University Women of Europe was sold at the contemporary exhibition with auction organised on this occasion and with gathered funds will go on buying sewing machines to be donated to migrant women, thus addressing them to a new perspective of professional integration in the fashion industry.

 

“I have created a Suk-spice warm-colored dress, the Tunisian markets that look so much like the Sicilian ones and want to explain the beauty of the different colors. In the decoration, it was created a face that, bored by the usual white or black skin, asks designer Filly Cusenza to have two colors: brown and pink. A woman’s face that wants to open to different cultures of the world to enrich her experiences. The union of different cultures creates wealth, creates beauty.”

 

Next day, surrounded by a beautiful landscape at Taormina Excelsior Palace Hotel we had the honour to attend together with Fildis Syracuse to a fashion design Masterclass led by the designer Filly Cusenza for the brand FILLY BIZ with a group of migrant women from our international Project Migrantes promoted by volunteer associations Fildis Syracuse and the University Women of EuropeFifteen immigrant women participated and together with Filly created tailored made accessories for one piece of dress material to tell their stories and emotions.

 

The purpose of ‘Migrantes project‘ is to create an evolving perspective on the human side of immigration, migration, refugees, asylum-seekers and social justice which is now particularly difficult to cope especially in the Sicilian context.

More than other countries in Europe, Sicily is facing a “biblical exodus” for people moving between Arab countries, Middle East and south Asia escaping from their own realms to reach Europe.

IOM (International Organization of Migration) reported that deaths of all migrants and refugees attempting to reach EU by sea in 2015 now total 2,373: most of them have drowned in overcrowded boats heading for the coasts of Italy. As crossroads in the middle of the Mediterranean, Sicily welcome women that had left their homes with their children in great haste, fleeing before the civil war in search of a future. Their husbands had stayed behind, either because they had joined the combat forces or because they had fallen victim to the bloody conflicts. For these women, the death of their menfolk means there can be no return to their previous lives, even after the war ends. Projects aimed at helping migrants are facing renewed political opposition in some countries. Even facing such an uncertain future, the refugee crisis shows no sign of abating.

The main aim of this project is giving women refugees in Sicily the hope of a brighter future and work opportunities by combining social, fashion and design on the art of tailoring thanks to specially designed training.

In 2016 we started the project with the well-known fashion designer Loredana Roccasalva from Modica (Sicily), to create a special DRESS inspired by woman refugees and their stories. In 2017 the desiner is Filly Bizz.  As sympathetic woman close to social issues, Filly fully agree and crafted for us a stunning dress by using different fibres and patterns from all over the Mediterranean, she tailored a sort of mosaic-overcoat coupled with a pure-white silk dress with flowers evoking positive outlook and hope to reborn (see attached immage). Thanks to Agata Saccone, the Director of Taomoda Fashion Week, the 16 of July 2017 the “Migrantes Project” will performe a masterclass with with first training in sewing, fashion design and embroidery skills. The majority of women, between 18 and 50, are married, with children. For most women, the income they generate will support the entire family.