Save the date: UWE Conference &AGM Paris

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We are pleased to invite you to the next UWE Conference and AGM , Paris, on 17th – 20th September 2020 to celebrate together the centenary of the French Association of University Women (AFFDU) and 40 years since University Women of Europe (UWE) was founded as regional group of International Federation of University Women (IFUW).

Known as the “City of light”, Paris is often referred to as an “open-air museum” thanks to its architectural and cultural outstanding heritage, its streets overflow of culture, art, beauty and history. Located in the heart of Montparnasse neighborhood of Paris, Reid Hall, a cultural and educational hub, former a residential center for university women after the 1st World War (also housed the French Association of University Women), which hosted international conferences for more than a century, it became Columbia Global Centers – Paris and it is confirmed as the main venue for this event.  

We are looking forward to meeting you with interesting topics: 100 years of women’s rights, gender equality, artificial intelligence and the place of women in the 20th century.  The speakers and a detailed programme will be announced very soon, including information about the registration.

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


Save the Date: UWE Meet &Greet 2020

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We are pleased to invite you to the next UWE Meet and Greet event in Dublin, Ireland on 15th – 17th May 2020.

UCD University Club, Belfield, and the University Club are already confirmed as venues for this event. With literature in its blood Dublin is one of 6 UNESCO cities of literature with four Nobel prizes. The city has four Universities, DCU,TCD, UCD and TUDublin (the Technological University Dublin).

We are looking forward to meeting you. A theme, speakers and a detailed programme will be announced very soon, including information about the registration.

We hope that a number of you will be able to join us in Ireland this May. The Conference is open to all members of the University Women of Europe and their friends.


24 January International Day of Education

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Education is a human right, a public good and a public responsibility.

In 2018 the United Nations General Assembly proclaimed 24 January as International Day of Education, to honor education and its centrality to human well-being and sustainable development.

Without inclusive and equitable quality education and lifelong opportunities for all, countries will not succeed in achieving gender equality and breaking the cycle of poverty that is leaving millions of children, youth and adults behind.

Today, 258 million children and youth still do not attend school; 617 million children and adolescents cannot read and do basic math; less than 40% of girls in sub-Saharan Africa complete lower secondary school and some four million children and youth refugees are out of school. Their right to education is being violated and it is unacceptable.

Celebration of International Education Day at UNESCO

In partnership with the CRI (Centre for Research and Interdisciplinary), UNESCO headquarters organizes on 24 January 2020 a public event in line with the 2020 theme, learning for people, planet, prosperity and peace, this Paris celebration will feature talks and discussions with education leaders from around the world, including youth leaders.

Follow the event live,tarting at 2 p.m. (Paris time)

More information about the programme and event here: Celebration of International Day of Education at UNESCO

Celebration of International Education Day at UN

A celebration event is organized by the Office of the President of the General Assembly in collaboration with UNESCO and other Permanent Missions of member states. The event will bring together the voices of governments, the UN system, civil society, private sector and youth organizations to straighten collective action for education, warning that the world is not on track to achieve Sustainable Development Goal 4.

Under the title “Aligning Inclusive Quality Education Policies with Sustainable Development Goals” the event will call for further commitments to advance the progress towards SDG 4 by leveraging multilateral action to ensure that ecveryone has access to quality education.

More information about the programme and event here:  Celebration of International Day of Education at UN

Celebration of International Education Day by GWI

With over 100 years of experience in advocating for safe access to quality, lifelong education for all women and girls worldwide, Graduate Women International (GWI) recalls its achievements in the field of education such as: numerous policy resolutions concerning the right to education, several Bina Roy Partners in Development programmes strive for educating women in various areas, the five girls supported by the Teachers for Rural Futures project graduated this January, and grants and fellowships awarded each year to support women in accessing education. Collected interviews from its many members around the world in a mosaic video will be published on 24 January on GWI’s website and social media channels.. The participants were asked to answer one of the following questions: What is the role of education today? What more can be done to improve education for women and girls in your country? Why are you a member of GWI?Also, have a look at the Facts & Figures Infographic published.

Sudha Srivastava from British Federation of Women Graduates (BFWG) shared with us her Education Acrostic specially created for Day of Education. Well done, Sudha!

Let’s celebrate the achievements of education together!


Season’s Greetings from University Women of Europe

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Dear friends,

we’ve had a memorable year 2019 celebrating 100 years of Graduated Women International in Geneva, thank you for being with us!

May you enjoy all the happiness that the season can bring!
We wish you a successful New Year filled with peace, love, laughter and hope!

Conference on Global Approach to the Gender Gap in Mathematical, Computing and Natural Sciences/Trieste, 4-8 November 2019

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Thanks to our Treasurer Annelies Pierrot – Bults, who attended  the final meeting of a collaborative project (2017-2019), funded by the International Science Council of eleven major scientific international unions and organizations, to discuss findings, and formulate conclusions and recommendations, we can share with you her report.

Reducing the gender gap is a major challenge for the whole scientific community, in developed as well as developing countries, and concerns everyone, men and women.

The project has concentrated its efforts on three main tasks: the Joint Global Survey with 30,000 respondents (male and female) in more than 130 countries using 8 languages, the Joint Study on Publication Patterns analyzing comprehensive metadata sources of publications of more than 500,000 scientists since 1970, a Database of Good Practices for girls and young women, parents, and organizations.

Some hundred women and a few men participated in the conference, mainly from physics, astrophysics, mathematics, and statistics with a few chemists and biologists and historians.


– Report on the findings and achievements of the three tasks of the project, globally, by scientific discipline (Astronomy, Biology, Chemistry, Computer Science, History of Science, Mathematics, Applied mathematics, and Physics), and by geographical zone (Africa, Caribbean and Central America, South America, Northern America, Central and Southern Asia, Eastern and South-eastern Asia, Western Asia, Eastern Europe, Northern Europe, Southern Europe, Western Europe, and Oceania)

– Discuss and evaluate the results of the project.

– Formulate recommendations and discuss new initiatives.

Some examples of the survey:

Significant differences about lower pay for women is reported for Astronomy, Chemistry, Computer sciences, Mathematics and applied mathematics and Physics.

Sexual harassment was reported for all disciplines by 21-39% of the women and 2-5% by men. Also in all disciplines feelings about gender discrimination were reported by 45-60% of women and 4-7% of men.

Becoming a parent slowed down career opportunities in 28-37% of women and 8-13% of men

Publication patterns in chemistry showed and increase of female authors of about 5 to 20% between 1970 and 2010.

A few recommendations on associations, institutional and personal levels

-work collectively to change culture and norms to reduce the gaps

-address the disproportionate impact of parenthood on the careers of women through improved support systems for parents

-take the steps to assess pay equity and encourage policies to help reduce salary disparities

-encourage the diversification of scientific awards, actively encourage to nominate women

-address potential bias in the editorial and peer-review processes, which would strongly benefit from more transparency on the part of academic publishers

-avoid gender stereotyping and unconscious gender bias in interactions with female students and children

The final report will be published early next year on the website of  the International Science Council

Also you can find information and a toolkit on women in science – SAGA (the STEM and Gender Advancement project) on the website of UNESCO.

Salon de livres de femmes

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On 23 th November, French Association of University Women – AFFDU organized the 12th edition of Women’s book fair in Paris. Unique in France, this special event is dedicated to women authors of essays, it is meant to highlight the diversity of women’s talents by gathering authors from all disciplines: historians, journalists, scientists, philosophers, sociologists.

This edition was a tribute to Nicole Bécarud who organized the first edition of Women’s book fair, reflecting on the possibilities to offer the french people a way to recognize their scientific work excluding novels and poetry, since, in the minds of the public, women seemed to be mostly confined in this category of literary creation.

Doctor in chemistry (she attended the School of Chemistry of Paris) it seems to her quite natural to promote the scientific literature of philosophers, children, women, geographers, linguists, clinicians, chemists, physicists and all others researchers because of her job – (Head of Scientific and Technical Service of National Association of Industries Food) she earned her accession to Rank of Knight of the Legion of Honor in March 1985, then in 2001, in the name of Women’s Rights Secretariat (as President of AFFDU) and Ministries responsible for small and medium-sized enterprises and vocational training and obtained the rank of Officer of the Legion of Honor.

Since its creation, AFFDU promotes gender equality being engaged in many domains: equality, education, women empowerment.

In 1994, she launched the project, and all essay writers who have published in 94 and then in 95, came to expose their works and dedicate them. As member of the “Club de la Mer” whose seat was a barge moored at the foot of the Eiffel Tower on the Seine, she opened this first book fair in a houseboat. The success was immediate: the pool of authors of the AFFDU was vast, and above all, the idea of dedicating a book fair to women essays writers had a huge impact.

The barge proved to be too limited in places and Nicole had to look for a new place to host the event.

Thanks to its efforts, the City Hall of Sixth district of Paris was strongly interested in this very original event and offered his Hall of Festivals. Nicole Bécarud had therefore fully succeeded the mission she received from her association: make known the opportunities for French women to show their scientific qualities.

QUIZ on sexism – International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women

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To mark the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women, the Gender Equality Division of the Council of Europe has just produced a QUIZ which highlights some misconceptions people may have about everyday sexism.

The QUIZ is part of a series of activities of Sexism: See it. Name it. Stop it., a campaign aimed at raising awareness of the Recommendation on preventing and combating sexism. In order to make sexist behaviour visible and to prevent it, the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe adopted a this recommendation in March 2019, which contains the first ever internationally agreed definition of sexism. It spells out how it manifests, the harm it causes, and what can be done to combat it.

Sexism is everywhere: in classrooms and in offices, on football pitches and magazine covers. But it is sometimes hard to pinpoint what it does, exactly, and we often tend to minimise sexist acts as harmless or not so important. However, all the incidents of sexism that accumulate over days and years create a climate that makes violence and discrimination – mostly against women – possible.

So take the QUIZ and then have a look at the information video and the action page, to found out how the Council of Europe is taking a stand against sexism in our everyday lives.

Sexism: if you see it, you should name it and try to stop it!