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.


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.


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 ( or use the national railway service ( 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 (


  • 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.


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


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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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 €)


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

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


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

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


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 as soon as possible.


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



FRIDAY 25 August

SATURDAY 26 August


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 €


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
IBAN: AT41 2081 5020 0010 1374

For any additional inquiries about the conference, please contact VAÖ: and use the subject line: UWE CONFERENCE 2017



“The Time is Now to End Child Labour Through Education and Peacebuilding”

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Graduate Women International (GWI) and University Women of Europe (UWE) join the international community in marking 2017 World Day against Child Labour and the alarming, merciless impact of conflicts and disasters on child labour. We join those governments, employers and workers organizations, civil society, as well as millions of people from around the world who determinedly strive to eliminate child labour.

Children in conflict zones lead unimaginably horrific lives and GWI joins the global commitment to break the cycle.  Many children caught in child labour situations are drafted as soldiers, others are forced into labour as sex workers, drug dealers and servants. Child labour in conflict zones is widespread and to a large extent invisible. Children in the aftermath of natural or manmade disasters suffer similarly. At the mercy of gangs, children are expected to participate in all manner of illegal activities as they are inculcated into a culture of abuse and violence” says GWI President, Geeta Desai. 

Clearly child labour interferes with children’s education, depriving them of the opportunity to attend school, maintain their health and lead peaceful lives. This is an implausibly disturbing injustice to children and an inequality with maximum possibility for change. GWI recognizes that both boys and girls are equally vulnerable and universally defenceless against child labour (UNICEF 2016). In most regions, girls are as likely as boys to be engaged in child labour:

Percentage of children aged 5 to 14 years engaged in child labour at the time of the survey, by the sex of the child and by region

*Excludes China

Notes: Regional estimates represent data from countries covering at least 50 per cent of the regional population of children aged 5 to 14. Data coverage was insufficient to calculate global estimates by sex and regional estimates by sex for CEE/CIS and South Asia.

Source: UNICEF global databases, 2016, based on DHS, MICS and other nationally representative surveys, 2009-2015.

Yet, let’s make no mistake, girls suffer the shortcomings of child labour more than boys. Girls are at a colossal disadvantage and are at a considerably higher risk to be denied an education, be abducted by child traffickers, and live a life deprived of even the most basic human rights. Education is the agent of change for conflicts and manmade disasters and GWI accepts the challenge to eliminate child labour by 2025.

As graduate women, let’s raise our voices and unite our membership in the global commitment to rid the world of all forms of child labour.  We especially declare our opposition to the reprehensible level of child labour in conflict and disaster zones and ensure our fight continues for girls to have access to education and the normalcy of childhood to the greatest extent possible.

Muhammed 12, works in a brick factory in Najaf, Iraq. He makes 15,000 Iraqi Dinar (about US $13) per day. Photo: UNICEF/UN020426/KhuzaieIn-house

The International Labour Organization (ILO) launched the World Day Against Child Labour in 2002 to focus attention on the global extent of child labour and the action and efforts needed to eliminate it. Each year on 12 June, the World Day brings together governments, NGOs, civil society, as well as millions of people from around the world to highlight the plight of child labourers and what can be done to help them. Globally over 1.5 billion people live in countries that are affected by conflict, violence and fragility. At the same time, around 200 million people are affected by disasters every year. A third of them are children. A significant proportion of the 168 million children engaged in child labour live in areas affected by conflict and disaster. The 2017 World Day Against Child Labour focuses on the impact of conflicts and disasters on child labour – United Nations

Equality now, or…? / L’égalité maintenant, ou…?

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Equality now, or?
Collective complaints have been lodged against the fifteen Member States of the Council of Europe which accept them by the European Group of University Women, GEFDU / University Women of Europe, UWE, on the initiative of Anne Nègre, barrister, Bar of Versailles, France, for violation of the European Social Charter regarding equal pay for equal work between women and men. This is a historic first!
Reminder of the European procedure:
GEFDU / UWE at the initiative of Anne Nègre, voted unanimously in a general assembly in Utrecht, the Netherlands, to obtain as International Non Governmental Organization the qualification by the Council of Europe to file collective complaints for violation of the European Social Charter, 1961 Treaty of the Council of Europe. Which is possible since 1995. Which has never been done against 15 States and on such a violation. Anne Nègre obtained the required qualification of the GEFDU / UWE by the Council of Europe and launched the fifteen collective complaints on behalf of the GEFDU / UWE in August, 2016.
Document collective complaints:
After a long period of research, documentation, etc., she filed collective complaints against the 15 Member States of the Council of Europe accepting them, as barrister of the GEFDU / UWE, on August 24th, 2016: Belgium, Bulgaria , Croatia, Cyprus, France, Greece, Ireland, Italy, the Netherlands, Portugal, the Czech Republic, Slovenia, Sweden, and Norway the only country not also in the European Union.
These complaints concern the violation concerning equal pay for equal, similar or comparable work between women and men of the European Social Charter.
The reply of the majority of States: denial
Various states have agreed to challenge the admissibility of the GEFDU / UWE, considering that this INGO, which has been accredited for many years before by the Council of Europe, does not have the qualifications required to file collective complaints. Associations of more than 90 years for some of them constitute GEFDU / UWE. They have been in all the struggles for the emancipation of women, but they shouldn’t be competent? We are waiting for the position of the European Committee of Social Rights, which must decide on the admissibility of GEFDU / UWE. What do these Member States fear? If GEFDU / UWE is declared admissible, the next step will be on the merits . None of those countries are respecting equal pay for equal job. They could be condemned, they should be condemned.
Equal pay is therefore far from being a reality in Europe … It is urgent to act, to mobilize for equality to progress.
L’égalité maintenant, ou ?
Des réclamations collectives ont été déposées contre les quinze États Membres du Conseil de l’Europe qui les acceptent par le Groupe Européen des Femmes Diplômées des Universités, GEFDU / University Women of Europe, UWE, à l’initiative d’Anne Nègre, avocate au barreau de Versailles, France , pour violation de la Charte Sociale Européenne en matière de salaire égal pour un travail égal entre les femmes et les hommes. C’est une première historique!
Rappel de la procédure européenne :
GEFDU/UWE à l’initiative d’Anne Nègre, a voté à l’unanimité en assemblée générale à Utrecht, Pays Bas, de devenir une Organisation Internationale Non Gouvernementale habilitée par le Conseil d’Europe à déposer des réclamations collectives pour violation de la Charte Sociale Européenne, Traité de 1961 du Conseil de l’Europe. Et à déposer des réclamations collectives, possibles depuis 1995, ce qui n’a jamais été fait contre tous les Etats et sur une telle violation. Anne Nègre a obtenu la qualification requise du GEFDU/UWE par le Conseil de l’Europe et a lancé les quinze réclamations collectives au nom du GEFDU/UWE.
Documenter les réclamations collectives :
Ensuite après un long travail de recherches, de documentations, etc., elle a déposé comme avocate du GEFDU/UWE, le 24 aout 2016, des réclamations collectives contre les 15 Etats Membres du Conseil de l’Europe qui les acceptent : Belgique, Bulgarie, Croatie, Chypre, France, Grèce, Irlande, Italie, Pays Bas, Portugal, République Tchèque, Slovénie, Suède, et la Norvège le seul pays qui ne soit pas également dans l’Union Européenne.
Ces réclamations portent sur la violation des dispositions concernant le salaire égal pour un travail égal, semblable ou comparable entre les femmes et les hommes de la Charte Sociale Européenne.
La réponse de la majorité des Etats :le déni
Divers Etats se sont concertés pour contester la recevabilité du GEFDU/UWE, estimant que cette OING accréditée depuis de longues années auprès du Conseil de l’Europe, n’a pas la qualification requise pour déposer des réclamations collectives. Des associations de plus de 90 ans pour certaines constituent le groupement GEFDU/UWE. Elles ont été de tous les combats de l’émancipation des femmes, mais ne seraient pas compétentes… On attend la position du Comité Européen des Droits sociaux qui doit décider de la recevabilité de GEFDU/UWE. Que craignent ces Etats ? Si GEFDU/UWE est déclarée recevable que sur le fond ils soient condamnés pour non respect de l’égalité salariale entre les femmes et les hommes pour un travail égal ?
L’égalité des salaires est donc loin d’être une réalité en Europe… Il est urgent d’agir, de se mobiliser pour que l’égalité progresse..

European Women’s Forum

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European Women’s Forum is a dynamic five days of feminist activities. The events of the week, from EWL General Assembly to the public street event “Loud and united to end violence against women and girls” , will be a chance to come together and celebrate the success of the European’s Women’s Movement. 


General Assembly agenda and documents 

This year all documents for EWL General Assembly will ONLY be available through EWL members’ forum, the Living Room (and not sent as attachments). The draft agenda, the applications for EWL candidate Board Members, all the documents for the GA  are available on the agenda page, except for the 2017 Emergency Motions paper which will be made available this week.

Public event and street action “Loud and United” on 8 June, followed by EWL members’ dinner


This year, the European Women’s Lobby is marking the 20th anniversary of the establishment of the EWL Observatory on violence against women and girls (VAWG). The Observatory is a unique structure that brings together more than 30 experts, professionals, women’s rights defenders, and front-line NGOs activists, from all over Europe. On 11 May 2017, the EU publicly declared its intention to sign and ratify the Istanbul Convention, the first legally binding treaty in Europe that criminalises different forms of violence against women. With this declaration, the EU sends the world a message about its commitment to fighting the violation of women’s rights.

On 8 June, EWL wants to give visibility from Belgium and around Europe to their tireless work and achievements at the forefront of the fight against VAWG.

A conference with the EWL Observatory on violence against women and girls and globally recognised feminist activist, Gloria Steinem, takes place on 8 June from 14.00 to 16.30, followed by a street demonstration starting at 17:00, Mont des Arts, Place de l’Albertine, 1000 Brussels (Facebook event :

All the information you need about the event including the agenda is also available for EWL members on the Living Room: viewtopic.php?f=57&t=93  

After the demonstration, EWL Members are then getting together with Gloria Steinem for dinner at Brasserie de la Presse from 18.30. 

Find the full agenda and other information on EWL website:

Other updates

 You might want to sign and share with your networks a call on to a CSO 6th scenario for the Future of Europe from the SDGWatch Europe and Friends of the Earth: viewtopic.php?f=12&t=91 

Invitation to International Conference of Cultural Studies – Baia Mare, 6-8 October, 2017

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Technical University of Cluj-Napoca, North University Centre of Baia Mare, Romania


Quebec Council for Geopolitical Studies, Laval University, Quebec, Canada


Invite you to take part in the 2nd International Conference of Cultural Studies “Multiculturalism and the Need for Recognition”

with the theme:  “The Border:  world reconfigurations of  the 21st Century” – Baia Mare, 6-8 October, 2017


In a world that seems to question, more than ever before, the efficiency of globalization and its effects, walls tend to be erected in order to prevent the increased mass exodus of displaced and exiled people. The whole history of humanity has reached its climax in what concerns the number of refugees throughout the 21st century, the causes behind this record being wars, dictatorships and poverty.

In order to support and plead for the future prevention of this unforeseen mass dispersal a series of countries are ready to give up their belonging to some high power control structures in order to preserve their sovereignty and unitary government, Great Britain being a good example in this respect, while others turn their backs on free-trade commercial agreements. The problem of boundaries, of borders that seem, contrary to generalised evidence, to get increasingly closed, has been taken into discussion a lot recently (Douzet and Giblin 2013; Roche 2014). If, on the one hand, we are witnessing the closure of a significant number of existing frontiers, or their reinforcement (India-Bangladesh, Israel-Palestina, Mexico-The United States (Soule 2013)), this fact does not represent an obstacle meant to prevent the fluidity of space, but a method of control and management (Gonon si Lasserre 2003; Gonon 2011; Lasserre et al 2012).

The analysts, however, claim that, currently, the free passing of borders represents the predominant model of mass mobility (Foucher 2016). The frontier, far from being closed, far from representing an insurmountable milestone, often constitutes an interface that attracts various economic activities around it (Reitel et al. 2002; Bennafla 2002; Sohn 2016), or ratifications of regional cooperation (Reitel et al 2002; Soule 2010); it fuels discourses and anchors identity projections or representations.

The border is a social construct that has its own history. Classical Antiquity defined it in terms of a limit, the limit of the known, nearby space (more precisely the cultivated fields), a boundary that marked the beginning of the unknown. The Middle Ages’ terminology concentrated on a derivative of the word front, the meaning making reference to the line that separates two armies on the battlefield. The 19th century, known as the century of the national state, stressed the idea of a frontier that demarcates two sovereign states, two judicial orders, two political and monetary systems, and, last but not least, two national histories (Foucher 2016).

This academic endeavour attempts to get people engaged in an analysis or/and debate about the very subject of borders, focusing on four thematic axes: spatial borders, cultural and religious borders, (inter)disciplinary and artistic borders and economic borders. In view of the already mentioned ideas, we invite scholars from all fields of research (philosophy, philology, social sciences, politics, linguistics, arts, law, business and education, science and technology) to explore issues related to the concept of border and border-related problems in order to reflect on changes, distances, reconciliations, social transformation, migrational movements that are currently taking place at this restless beginning of the 21st century.

The languages of the presentations might be Romanian, English, French and German.

Submit a 250-word abstract by August 15th, 2017 along with your professional details (name, title affiliation) to lect. dr. Tomoiaga Ligia ( and lect. dr. Falaus Anamaria (

The time allotted to the presentation of a paper is 15 minutes, followed by 10-minute sessions of questions and answers.

After the papers are accepted, their authors will receive information about the accommodation and the bank coordinates in view of their paying the tax (50 Euros for international participants paying by 1 July 2017 and 60 Euros for the rest of them; 150 lei for Romanian participants paying by 1 July 2017 and 200 lei for the others).


For any additional information do not hesitate to contact:

lect. dr. Tomoiaga Ligia (

lect. dr. Falaus Anamaria (



Invitation International Conference – Kaunas

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Lietuvos universitetų moterų asociacija (LUMA), Reg. Nr. 190731123

Lithuanian university women association (LUWA)

K. Donelaičio g. 73, 8 68839781

AB bankas „Swedbankas“, a/s LT 107300010090694876, b.k.73000




Dear university women of the Nordic-Baltic countries, Academic women and  members of Graduated Women International in Europe,

Lithuanian University Women association is branch of Graduated women international.

We organize International Conference “Migration and Europe future: women organisations to strengthen women’s rights in community and state decision making‘‘.

It will be held in Kaunas in 29th of September – 1st of October, 2017

National organisation (non-governmental organisation) works in the area of improving the status of women in Lithuania with the regards to women employment issues.

LUWA aims is to represent Lithuania’s women in international organisations; support culture and education; collects and disseminates material about Lithuania’s prominent women; encourages women’s intellectual work and their professional development as well encourages women to lobby the governmental institutions and municipalities for decisions in favour of equal opportunities, women activities and issues related with their health and daily life.

Association supports international cooperation of women having higher education as well their aspiration to participate in activities of state and public organizations.

In preparing this conference, we‘d like kindly ask you, please send the following information:

Additionally, for those, who intend to participate at this conference, please complete your delegation (number of participants) and individual registration by June 15, 2017. This is deadline.

Conference reports examples in English please send us till June 30, 2017.

All participants will be accomodate in hotel Kaunas, 4 star hotel. Cost of living for 1 person are around 55 – 60 Eur a night.

Preliminary work programme:

2017, September 29. 7 p. m.. Wellcome Place – Kaunas Town Hall, (Kaunas officers palace)

2017, September 30. conference in Kauno Municipality Central Hall 9.30a.m. – 6 p.m.

2017, September 30 – Evening party in Kauno officers Palace (Mickevičiaus g. 19).

2017, October 1 Pleliminary meeting 10 a.m. – 1p.m..

WELCOME Registration for participants 2017, September 29 till 5 p.m.

For more information regarding general registration, please contact:

Dalia Poškienė, President of LUWA –

Audrone Jurevičiute, chairman of Kaunas branch –

Margarita Aušra Pleseckiene, secretary –

Ilona Katiliute, CIR –

We are looking forward to meeting you in Kaunas!

Mrs. Dalia Poškiene

LUWA Prezident

Questionnaire – Kit against sexism

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The Gender Equality Commission of the Council of Europe (GEC) helps to ensure gender equality mainstreaming in all policies of the 47 member States. The Committee of Ministers has asked the GEC to prepare a draft recommendation to combat sexism. The final objective is to fight sexism in order to have more equality, less violence, less hate speech and cybercrime etc., in the different member states. As representative of the Conference of INGOs, Anne Negre have been invited to participate in the drafting committee of the draft recommendation. The drafting committee would like to have your opinion on this issue and I invite you to answer the following questions to strengthen our impact in the elaboration of this document:

  • What areas do you consider should be covered by a Council of Europe recommendation to prevent and combat sexism?
  • Who should be the target groups included in such a recommendation?
  • What type of measures would you suggest to be included?
  • Could you please highlight good practices in this area?
  • Do you have other points?

Please find enclosed links to two documents on the subject. You will also find here an interesting « Kit against sexism »that could be useful in your INGO:

Please feel free to forward these questions to other INGOs or NGOs. The deadline for replies is 1 June 2017.