REGISTRATION OPEN: The Istanbul Convention foundation and defense of women’s rights

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La CLEF (French Coordination for the European Women’s Lobby) is organising the online conference «The Istanbul Convention: foundation and defense of women’s rights » on Tuesday, the 1st of February 2022, 6-8 pm CET (UTC +1).

This event is organised within The French Presidency of the Council of the European Union (FPEU) * in partnership with The University Women of Europe (UWE).

* This event is not organised by the French Government. However, the French Government has authorized the use of the emblem of the French Presidency of the Council of the European Union.

The conference will take place within the monthly conferences “CLEF Tuesdays”.  It will be a webinar on zoom, open to up to 500 participants with free and compulsory registration. An English translation will be available to non-French speakers.
It will take place in two parts of 45 minutes each, the first presenting the Istanbul Convention (the Council of Europe Convention on Preventing and Combating Violence against Women and Domestic Violence) and the second focusing on the role of the EUFP in developing the scope of this fundamental international treaty for the rights of all women.


The conference will be moderated by Dr Anne Bergheim-Nègre, President of UWE and Past Vice-President of the Conference of INGOs of the Council of Europe in charge of Gender Equality.


Jocelyne-Adriant-Mebtoul, President of La CLEF, Founding President of Femmes du Monde et Réciproquement and expert at the International and European Affairs Commission of the High Council for Gender Equality.

First part : The so-called Istanbul Convention of Council of Europe Convention on preventing and combatting violence against women and domestic violence

Claudia Lam, Director of Dunka Mijatović’s cabinet, The Council of Europe Commissioner for Human Rights
Johanna Nelles, Executive Secretary of the Monitoring Mechanism of the Istanbul Convention (GREVIO) [to be confirmed]

Dilek Elveren, Gender Equality Expert, former Gender Officer of the Organisation Internationale de la Francophonie (OIF)
Neil Datta, General Secretary of the European Parliamentary Forum for Sexual and Reproductive Rights

Second part : The role that the FPEU (French Presidency of the European Union) can and must play to consolidate the scope of this essential international treaty for women’s rights

Marie Fontanel, President of the Committee of the Parties to the Istanbul Convention – Delphine O, Ambassador, General Secretary of the Generation Equality Forum 2021 in charge of its follow-up
Claire Fourçans, Policy and Campaign Director, European Women’s Lobby (EWL)


Nicole Ameline, Former Minister for Parity and Professional Equality (2002-2005), former Chair and Vice-Chair (2013-2020) of the Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW).

Call for Papers -Young Economist Prize ECB 2022

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Every year the European Central Bank (ECB) invites PhD students to participate in its Young Economist Prize. Finalists are invited to the ECB Forum on Central Banking, where they are given the unique opportunity to present their research and engage with policymakers and top academics from around the world.
The theme of the 2022 ECB Forum on Central Banking is “Challenges for the post-pandemic economy”. Accordingly, PhD students are invited to submit papers on this theme, including the following topics:
i. the short and long-term consequences of the pandemic on the labour market and modes of work, including on human capital accumulation and productivity;
ii. energy markets in the post-pandemic economy, especially the effects of energy price volatility on inflation and inflation expectations;

iii. globalisation, value chains, production networks and international trade in the post- pandemic economy, in particular the impact of supply bottlenecks on structural and stabilisation policies;
iv. commercial and residential real estate markets in the post-pandemic economy, in particular boom-bust cycles and the implications of cross-country heterogeneity in real estate markets for prudential and macroeconomic stabilisation policies;
v. the role of inflation expectations in monetary policy decisions;
vi. central bank digital currencies and crypto-assets, and their implications for the conduct of monetary policy.

Selected applicants (female applications are particularly welcome) will have the chance to present their research to top policymakers and academics at the ECB Forum on Central Banking in Sintra (Portugal) from 27 June to 29 June 2022 and to win €10,000.

Photo: Award ceremony – Young economists’ competition ECB June 19, 2019

Papers on other topics relevant to euro area central banking (including monetary policy, new means of payment and payments infrastructures, the deepening of Economic and Monetary Union, the functioning of the euro area economy and financial system, financial stability, and banking regulation and supervision) will also be considered.

Click on the link for more details of the call for papers.

Click here to see the Current traineeship vacancies for recent graduates in selected areas of the ECB.

Season’s Greetings from the UWE Board

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Year after year, we look forward to this special time of the year, when all the hustle and bustle of our everyday lives fade away, and we devote ourselves, at least for a short time, to the really essential things in life.

Merry Christmas for those who are celebrating and a Happy New Year! Hope to see you in 2022, together we are strong!

Clck here to watch the short video message from our President Anne Bergheim -Nègre: Season’s Greetings from the Board

There are many positive, but also negative feelings from this year. It is important that we have learned from all and we are looking forward into the next year. Our year 2021 can be characterised as a year of:


We had to change our style of work when we are not able to travel and meet. Online communication became the most important aspect of our daily work.


We like challenge, it gives us the opportunity to learn. During the year we have faced many of them, online conference and meet & greet events, electronic voting at our Annual General Meeting.


Some new projects, webinars and new ideas aroused, which we would like to introduce in the future.


We welcomed new members, two organizations from France and Italy joined UWE.

L’Escalade tradition on the annual dinner of the AGFDU

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This year, the traditional annual dinner of the Association of University Women of Geneva (AGFDU) took place on 26th of November in the heart of the city Geneva. The President, Monica Chirita Lemenager, members, and few men accompanying their partners were present. The Guest of honour was the CER (Coordinator of European Relations) who represents her NFA at the University Women of Europe (UWE).

As every year, this evening was, in anticipation, dedicated to the most popular Festival in Geneva called “l’Escalade”, which celebrates the proud defence of Genevans from the attack of Duke of Savoy’s army in 1602, a strong cultural identity element of deep origin and a cohesive factor of the Republic and the Canton of Geneva. The Duke’s idea was to let his best soldiers secretly climb (“scale”) over the Geneva’s fortification walls to get hold of the city gate from inside, open it and let the troops in. This is where the word escalade comes from – French “escalade” translates as English “scale”, or “climb”.

There is a legend which tells a story of a woman called Catherine Cheynel. It says that while cooking a soup, she was lucky enough to have noticed the attackers approaching from below and poured a large cauldron of hot soup on them while they were climbing on the walls. The noise awakened the entire city and its militia successfuly defended Geneva from the Duke of Savoy’s army.

As a reminiscence of this moment, a special chocolate pot stuffed with marzipan candies is being ceremonially consumed every year as the hallmark of the Escalade celebrations. AGFDU keeps the tradition going on with this ritual. The President invited one of the eldest member, Muriel Joye, to officiate the ceremony of the resistance of Geneva: a large pot of dark chocolate filled with marzipan candies (la marmite) was placed in the middle of the table. After the speech and the rallying song sung by the Dean and the members, a strong punch hit the whole thing and it broke into a thousand pieces, to the joy of all! This ritual is thus transmitted to the new generation for its perpetuation.

In the beginning of the programme there was a new book presentation by AGFDU member Michèle Makki: “Pompei-Le Sang et la Cendre”, published by Editions Baudelaire. Christine Botchi Morel was invited to explain her role as CER in order to promote understanding of this function among members who have just joined the Association. The aim was to help them to understand also the difference between the acronyms CER and CIR (Coordinator of International Relations) at Graduate Woman international (GWI), the worldwide organisation.

It was really a pleasant evening which led to numerous exchanges about literature, biology, chemistry and other scholarly disciplines.

Thank you Christine Botchi Morel – CER AGFDU for sharing your traditions and keeping us updated about AGFDU and the history of Geneva.

AFFDU-UWE Award 2021 at the Women’s book Fair Paris

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On November, 27, AFFDU, the French Association of Women Graduates celebrated its centenary at the Women’s book Fair “Essay Authors’ Fair”, at the town hall of the 6th arrondissement of Paris.

In spite of the restrictions linked to the COVID, limiting the number of authors, we had quality books, known authors too, and unknown ones like me with my book just printed “L’Histoire des Inégalités entre les Femmes et les Hommes”. Luckily I sold all the books present, and the Librairie des Femmes partners were satisfied with the  global sales” Anne Nègre, President UWE.

At this edition, many women authors of essays published during the year were welcomed, the Mayor wishes that this event created 26 years ago, every two years, becomes annual.

This year the event was focused on the AFFDU-UWE Award “Women’s Biographies by Women”. Anna Cabanel, the winner of the 1st edition, received the prize in the presence of the Mayor, Anne Nègre President of UWE, the First Secretary of the Hungarian Embassy and her editor Eric Peyrard of the Ampelos Publishing House. The book “Sur le glaciers en fleur” written by Anna is a biography of a Hungarian scientist, Erzsébet Kol (1897-1980), botanist and explorer. “It was during the search of the American archives Association of University Women (AAUW) in 2015 that I discovered, among the files of scholarship holders of the International Federation of University Women (in French the International Federation of Women Graduates of universities), the journey of a Hungarian botanist: Erzsébet Kol. His unusual subject of study – the snow and ice algae -, his epic scientist across North America in the middle of the 1930s and his university career outside common for a Hungarian woman at that time caught my attention.”

Anne Nègre recalled the genesis of the contest, the renewed support of the Secretary General of the Council of Europe and officially announced that UWE together with AFFDU are launching the second edition of the contest.  The aim will be to make visible all these invisible people who have worked throughout history for scientific, legislative, sports, etc.

The prize is awarded in November next year for a biography in French of an author on the life of women who have lived in France or abroad. The biography must be made available to the AFFDU/UWE Jury on 30 August 2022.

The prize money is the publication of the Biography in French by Editions Ampelos. The laureate undertakes to rework her biography for publication if necessary.

Biographies should be sent before August 30, 2020 to the following e-mail address:

More information here: Prix AFFDU-UWE des Biographies de Femmes

A call for an EU horizontal Directive to combat all forms of violence against women and girls

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Today the International Day to End Violence against Women we kick off the #16DaysofActivism!

Male violence against women and girls (VAWG) is as an international long-term pandemic and has been recognised a fundamental human rights violation whose impacts know no borders. It happens across Europe, affecting over 250 million women and girls, and yet due to a lack of European harmonisation of legislation, the remedies and prevention methods taken by governments are haphazard and a lottery for the women and girls experiencing violence.

Violence against women and girls threatens the security of half of the population in the EU; 1 in 3 of women in Europe are affected by physical and/or sexual violence and 1 in 2 women in the EU have experienced sexual harassment since the age of 15. Furthermore, according to the European Institute for Gender Equality (EIGE), the economic cost for violence against women and girls is estimated to €289 Billion a year – prevention not only saves money, but it saves the lives of women and girls.

Both in the current context of the increase of male violence against women and girls in the Covid-19 crisis and also looking towards the future, we need concerted action and harmonisation at the EU level to ensure all women and girls are treated equally and violence is adequately prevented. EU legal action is needed to ensure equal rights between women and men in all EU member states during times of crisis, at least as much as in times of stability. The development of new types or new ways of perpetrating violence, especially in the digital sphere, has also significantly increased.

The European Women’s Lobby (EWL) calls on the European Commission to urgently move ahead with its commitments, laid out in the Gender Equality Strategy 2020-2025 and in the 2021 State of the Union address by President Von Der Leyen, by adopting a comprehensive legislative framework, grounded in a horizontal Directive that holistically prevents, combats and eliminates all forms of male violence against women and girls, including sexual exploitation and online violence.

Ahead of the release of the European Commission’s proposal on 8 December 2021, the European Women’s Lobby has summarised its views and recommendations in a Paper calling on the European Commission to propose ambitious EU legal actions to fight violence against women and girls. This paper is based on a research project conducted by legal academic experts to evaluate the potential scope and legal basis for the Directive and is the result of consultation with our membership throughout the EU.

EWL’s key recommendations for the Directive include the adoption and enhancement of the gold standards of the Council of Europe’s Istanbul Convention – to date the most comprehensive international treaty on the topic. The Directive must address all forms of violence against women and girls, including work-related, public sphere online or offline, as well as to explicitly address sexual exploitation, and violence against women subject to intersecting forms of discrimination. EWL also underlines the need to ensure the harmonisation of existing EU legislative instruments relative to forms of violence against women and girls.

The paper takes the evolving environment into account and explores adding VAWG to the list of Eurocrimes, as well as other possible legal bases to prevent and combat some forms, if not all, of violence against women and girls.

This is a key moment in the long history of our movement’s fight against male VAWG, and it is crucial that all EU Institutions and Member States step up and play their part: together, we can disrupt the continuum of violence and create an EU where all women and girls live free from violence and the fear of it.

Read the full paper here!

European Women Pharmacists Meeting

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Pharmacists are confronted daily with situations that bring them into ethical conflicts. Professional standards and values can conflict with other interests, such as those of the patient, other caregivers or the health insurer. Careful handling of such situations is important for successful resolution and job satisfaction, perhaps even more so during the Covid-19 pandemic.

University Women Germany (DAB) is pleased to invite all UWE Members to the 15th European Women Pharmacists Meeting to be held ONLINE on Saturday 20. November 2021 (original venue was Cluj-Napoca, Romania).

Online Conference Programme

Register for this conference to listen to the speakers, evaluate ethical issues you have encountered in the workplace, and contribute to the discussion.
Please register at: or via email:

Registration fees:
From 1 November (standard): € 40
Students: € 10 (limited to first 20 to register)

Payments: DAB e. V. Sparkasse KölnBonn,

IBAN: DE19 3705 0198 0002 7923 15 – BIC: COLSDE33XXX
Keyword “EWPM 2021” and name if registered person is not identical with the account holder

Women of Europe Awards 2021

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We are delighted to announce that UWE President Anne Nègre has been shortlisted for the 2021 Women of Europe Awards in the Woman in Business category. She was nominated by the University Women of Europe for her efforts in raising awareness of the Istanbul Convention, organising events at the Council of Europe to understand the obstacles to its implementation, having a recommendation voted by the Conference of INGOs, highlighting women’s movements in various countries and organizing training on LGBTI rights.

The Women of Europe Awards are jointly organised by the European Movement International and the European Women’s Lobby, building upon the national awards of several National European Movement Councils.

In 2021, the Women of Europe Awards’ celebrate its sixth anniversary. Indeed, the Women of Europe Awards were launched in 2016, to highlight the contribution of women in promoting and advancing European issues, and to increase the involvement of women in debates about Europe and its future. While the role of women in the European project remains largely unrecognised, the awards aim to acknowledge and showcase their inspiring initiatives which lend a voice to women across Europe and defend European values such as democracy, inclusion and diversity.

Women of Europe Awards, 2021 Edition
Date: Wednesday, 1 December 2021
Time: 16:00-17:00 CET

This edition of the Women of Europe award ceremony will be held online. The event will be live streamed on the European Movement’s FacebookTwitterYouTube and LinkedIn pages.

This year’s distinguished jury consists of female leaders from all walks of life across Europe, including

– Eva Maydell MEP, Group of the European People’s Party, President of the European Movement International
– Réka Sáfrány, President of European Women’s Lobby
– Maria Atanasova, Volunteer & Advocate for Integration of Roma Youth; winner of the Woman in Youth Activism award in 2020
– Elizabeth Adams, on behalf of the European Federation of Nurses Associations, which won the Women in Action award in 2020
– Sneška Quaedvlieg-Mihailović, Secretary General of Europa Nostra
– Sylwia Spurek MEP, Group of the Greens/European Free Alliance
– Pia Ahrenkilde Hansen, Director General of the Commission’s DG Communications, European Commission
– Federica Mogherini, Rector, College of Europe 
– Asha Allen, Advocacy Director of the Centre for Democracy & Technology Europe
– Pirkko Mahlamaki, Secretary General of the Finnish Disability Forum

Shortlisted nominees in each category include:

Woman in Power | showing extraordinary political leadership in Europe
Kauthar Bouchallikht, Dutch Politician and Climate Activist
Angela Merkel, Chancellor of Germany
Silvia Costa, Extraordinary Commissioner of the Italian Government

Woman in Action | undertaking extraordinary actions at grassroots level in Europe
Jenny Rasche, Founder and Chairwoman of the Association “Kinderhilfe Für Siebenbürgen E.V.”
Ineta Ziemele, Judge at the Court of Justice of the European Union
Gina Miller, Activist and Anti-Brexit Campaigner

Woman in Business | advancing European integration with entrepreneurial spirit
Dr Özlem Türeci, Physician, Immunologist, Lecturer and Entrepreneur
Anne Nègre, Lawyer on Behalf of UWE
Tijen Onaran, CEO & Founder of GDW Global Digital Women

Woman in Youth Activism | for women aged 15 to 30 strengthening the voice of young women in Europe
Greta Thunberg, Swedish Climate Change Activist
Zorana Milovanovic, Project Manager at Evropski Pokret U Srbiji
Zahra Karimy, Activist for Women’s and Children’s Rights

We encourage you to join the discussions on Twitter using the hashtag #WomenofEurope. You can also follow the event organisers @EMInternational & @EuropeanWomen. More information regarding the 2020 Women of Europe Awards edition, including list of shortlisted nominees and winners, is available here.

Save the date! GWI Global North-South Dialog #2: “Connectivity and Partnerships to Empower Women as Agents of Change”

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On Sunday, 31 October 2021 from 7-9 PM CEST, UWE will meet FUWA in a second session dialogue hosted by GWI, Connectivity and Partnerships to Empower Women as Agents of Change, which aims to establish a partnership between the two GWI regional groups through joint projects of common interests. Longer-term partnership goals include working together on a case study that addresses the priority theme for the 67th session of the Commission on the Status of Women in 2023, Innovation and technological change, and education in the digital age for achieving gender equality and the empowerment of all women and girls.

Dialogs will include an Overview of Progress and Challenges in African and European GWI National Federation and Association countries led by Linda Rebecca Williams, FUWA President, Anne Negre, UWE President, and Aisha Alshawaf, UWE Vice President, respectively; the Use of ICT to Empower Rural Women into Leadership led by Nneka Chiedozie, FUWA Vice President; and ICT Literacy and Connectivity as Effective Enablers for FUWA led by Sahar Gamal, FUWA Coordinator of International Relations.

Guest speakers from UWE:

Dr. Flora Vincent will lead a dialog about the danger of gender bias in artificial intelligence for equality between women and men. She is a young French scientist specialized in marine microbiology. A graduate of AgroParisTech,  (the best one in France in that field ) she completed her thesis at the École Normale Supérieure (the highest level in France AN) for the Tara Oceans program, rewarded with the Thesis Prize of the Foundation of the Sea. She now works at the Weizmann Institute of Science on marine viruses where she leads the next Tara expedition to Patagonia. At the same time, she co-founded WAX Science, an association that promotes science without stereotypes by creating and distributing innovative tools. She is co-author of the book “Artificial intelligence, not without it!” a book that explores how algorithms reproduce sexist biases”. She has been invited to speak at the Gender Equality Commission of the CoE.

Pirrko Malhlamäki, the Secretary General of the Finnish Disability Forum, a board member of the European Disability Forum, EDF and a board member of the EWL will speak about connectivity in disability. She has participated in a number of European campaigns and projects, such as the EURADE project to promote participatory research for disability equality. She has been involved in the development and management of personal assistance scheme and independent living arrangements that enable her continued work and study. Trained as translator in English and French, specialized in judicial translations and disability terminology, she is member of the Non-discrimination and Equality Tribunal of Finland. For her contribution to disability rights and anti-discrimination work, she was awarded the Order of Merit of the White Rose of Finland and the Human Rights Award of the Finnish League of Human Rights in 2009.  

GWI-UWE members are invited to register for the event HERE.