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University Women of Europe et Femmes pour le Dire- Femmes pour Agir, with the support of the Conference of International Non-Governmental Organizations of the Council of Europe have the honor to invite you to a webinar on an important topic: WOMEN WITH DISABILITY IN EUROPE WHAT PROGRESS NEEDED?

November 14, 2022 from 6 to 8 pm, CET, Paris time

Dead line for registration November 9th, 2022 at the following link: https://us06web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_sItyQxRmR12eU_I5sk1wqQ
and in return you will receive the details of the zoom

Interpretation in French & English, with real-time captioning



Reka Safrany, Hungary, President, European Women Lobby

Gerhard Ermisher, Austria, President, Conference of INGOs, Council of Europe

Moderation : Anne Bergheim-Nègre, Luxembourg, President, University Women of Europe, UWE

Part 1 : The legal situation at European level

  1. Dunja Mijatović, Commissioner for Human Rights, Council of Europe

Addressing the rights of women with disabilities in Europe: observations and perspectives

  1. Ana Pelaez, Spain, Secretary general of the European Disability Forum, Vice President of the CEDAW Committee

Role in Europe of the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, December 13, 2006, and Recommendation 18, CEDAW Committee

  1. Luis Jimena Quesada, Spain, Former President of the European Committee of Social Rights, Council of Europe

The Social Charter, its assets to protect the rights of women with disabilities

Part 2 : What actions to take?

  1. Andreia Lourenço Marques, Portugal, President, Gender Equality Commission, Council of Europe

The progress made by the CoE Member States and the obstacles to be removed

  1. Claire Desaint, France, Women’s Committee of the European Disability Forum, Vice- President of Femmes pour le Dire, Femmes pour Agir

Civil society action structures in Europe to overcome obstacles to social life

  1. Pirkko Mahlamäki, Finland, Finnish Disability Forum, Executive European Disability Forum, Women’s Committee of the European Disability Forum representative in the European Women’s Lobby

What advocacy actions are carrying out?

4 Richard Leteurte, France, Director of an Establishment of Help by Working, Theater Eurydice, Association Sauvegarde de l’Enfance, l’Adolescence, et l’Adulte, Yvelines. Projection of a film of performances at the European Festival Orpheus, Theater and Disability

Closing: Béatrice Fresko-Rolfo, Monaco, first Vice-President of the Equality and Non- discrimination Commission, Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe, Rapporteur on Preventing and combating violence against women with disabilities

Thank you for your attention to this webinar, for registering to join us on November 14 and for spreading the word in your networks.

Medal of Honor awarded to UWE President

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We are pleased to share that Dr. Anne Nègre, President of University Women Europe, is recently awarded with the “Medal of Honor from the Award Committee of the Conference of International Non Governmental Organisations of the Council of Europe (CoE) “for the constant and exemplary commitment of Mrs. Negre to the associations for solidarity, European citizenship, understanding and approaches between peoples, civil society and human rights”.

This medal was given by  Mr. Gerhard Ermischer, President of the  Conference of INGOs of the CoE on the 5th October 2022 in Strasbourg, France. 

Programme UWE Conference & General Assembly

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23-25 September 2022 

Venue: Acapulco Conference and Convention Centre, Kyrenia, Cyprus

Thursday 22nd September:  Informal welcome and cocktail at 8.00 pm

Hotel Acapulco, Reception Area 

Friday 23rd September: Conference “Women and Sustainable Environment” 

     Acapulco Convention Centre Acapulco, Hall: Premier 3 

The Conference is recorded and it will be available on our youtube channel starting September 24th: Universitywomenofeurope

9.30 – 10.00    Registration 

10:00 – 10.15  Welcome by Dr. Ferdiye Ersoy, Organising Committee; Gülden Plümer Küçük, CIR and Inan Barlas, President, TCAUW.

10.15 – 10.30  Welcome by Dr.Anne Bergheim Negre, President UWE 

10.30– 11.00   Presentation on Climate Change, Environmental Health, Public Health by Ceren Barlas,a young member of the Turkish Cypriot Association of University WomenMSc in Environmental Health at Harvard University, USA, Research  Associate in LCAT/DyME Group, at University of Exeter, UK

11.00 -11.30   Coffee Break 
11.30 – 12.00  Presentation on Marine Turtle Conservation Project (Mtcp) – Northern   

Cyprus Spotby Meryem Özkan as the project leader https://cyprusturtles.org/    

12.00 – 12.30  Presentation on Wildlife Conservation in CyprusJourney of Cyprus Wildlife Research Institute by Rianne Pilgrims

12.30 – 13.00  Presentation on Environment and Women by Prof. Serife Gündüz and Assist.Prof. Burak Ali Çiçek

13.00– 14.00    Lunch (a separate lunch for Presidents & CERs)

14.00 – 15.00     Workshop “Women’s Vulnerability in Climate Change” by 

  Dr. Başak Ovacık, VP Graduate Women International, CER Turkish     

  Association of University Women

15.00 – 15.30     Results and discussion

18.00                   Departure from Acapulco (place to be indicated at a later time) 

    Buses will be arranged to transport the UWE members attending

20.00 pm            Dinner at the Merit Hotel in Alsancak near Kyrenia

Saturday 24th SeptemberAnnual General Meeting UWE, Hall: Premier 3

09.30 – 10.00       Registration 

10:00-10:05        Welcome – President Anne Bergheim-Nègre

10:05-10:15        Adoption Agenda  

                            Minutes Report AGM 2021

10:15-11:00        Reports 

  • President Report by Anne Bergheim-Nègre 

  • VP’s Reports by Aisha Alshawalf, Pina Foti
  • Financial statement 2021, Budget 2022/2023 and proposal dues 2023, the

                        Balance sheet by Treasurer Annelies Pierrot – Bults 


  1. Collective complaints on violence against women, Anne Bergheim-Nègre
  2. Collective complaints against the 16 Members States of the CoE who accepted violence against women as violations of Social Charter. A vote is required to respect our Statutes, article 17 ” Only the Assembly can take the decision whether to take or defend any legal action. In an emergency an Extraordinary General Meeting of the Assembly shall be called”.
  3. Designation Anne Bergheim-Negre and a member of the board, Pina Foti. 

A vote is required to respect our Statute, article 18  “The Assembly will be represented in legal actions both as plaintiff and as defendant by the president and one member of the Board designated to that effect by the Assembly, who do not, by such representation, accept any personal liability in relation to any such actions”. Anne Bergheim- Negre is also designated as an attorney at law

  •  Erasmus project NETPOWER, Pina Foti

11:00-11:15        Elections

  • Presentation of the Candidate, 5 min
  • Presentation of the Candidate, 5 min

11:15– 11.30        Coffee break and voting

11:30 – 12.30       Annual Reports of the NFAs, 5 minutes each

12:30 – 12.35       Presentation Next Conference & AGM 2022

12:35 – 12.40       Proposals Next UWE Meet & Greet  

12:40 – 12.45       Election results

12:45 – 12.50       Farewell message Secretary General Roxana Elena Petrescu 

12:50- 13.00       Any other business

13.00 – 14.00      Lunch

17.30                    Departure from Acapulco (place to be indicated at a later time) 

     Buses will be arranged to transport the UWE members attending.

20.00 pm             Dinner at the ‘Tree of Idleness‘ Restaurant in Bellapais

     Brief visit to the historical Bellapais Abbey

     Buses will be arranged to transport the members attending.    

Sunday 25th September:  Optional tour (meeting time and place to be confirmed) 

Departure from the Acapulco  Hotel. Nicosia tour includes a professional guide and local lunch in historical Nicosia Büyük Han.

Professional Certificate In Strategic Education Planning

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Three places remaining for the professionally accredited, four-day training programme – the Professional Certificate in Strategic Education Planning taking place via Zoom from the 24th – 26th October 2022.

The Institute of Leadership and Management (ILM) has approved this training course. ILM combines years of research, knowledge and innovation to champion the leadership agenda for all and since 1947 they have carried out extensive research into the knowledge, skills, attitudes, behaviours and values of great leadership

A comprehensive analysis of the mechanisms behind strategic education planning will be provided, with subjects to be discussed including:

  • Education, economic growth and social development
  • International policy and education: the post-2015 education and development agenda
  • Demography and enrolment forecasting for education planning
  • Efficiency concerns in an education system: value for money
  • Gender and education
  • Education in the margins: conflict, marginalised peoples and minorities

By the end of the course the delegates will be able to:

  • Understand the principles of developing, constructing and implementing strategic plans
  • Contribute to effective organisational change
  • Apply the key principles of education planning in their country or organisation
  • Assess and develop individual and institutional capacity
  • Analyse, enhance and evaluate performance
  • Better meet stakeholder needs 

To join this training please register online or contact  directly the International Centre for Parliamentary Studies.

The costs of gender-based violence in the European Union

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Although a price cannot be put on women’s lives and suffering, estimating the lost economic output and public spending on health, legal, social and specialised services with regard to gender-based violence can create a better understanding of the extent and associated costs of this phenomenon.

Gender-based violence is a widespread phenomenon in the European Union, affecting women disproportionally – in 2012, one in three women aged 15 or over experienced physical and/or sexual violence.

Recently, some Members States of CoE and EU have started to evaluate the cost of violence against women. The sums are very important with the lack of success that we know. Moreover, in these reports that I was able to read, the methodology was specific to each state so the comparisons were difficult. But it was a start to see that prevention is essential because it is effective and costs less. While knowing that the physical and psychological damages are difficult to quantify in money and that they are obviously less important in the framework of prior actions to stop violence against women.

This EIGE study on The costs of gender-based violence in the European Union can provide  you some information  about the progress of these reflections, about this prevention on which our actions could be based.Dr. Anne Bergheim-Nègre, President of University Women of Europe

The cost of Gender based violence in EU study can be downloaded here 

This report focuses on updating estimates of the costs of gender-based and intimate partner violence in the United Kingdom in 2019. These estimates are then extrapolated from the United Kingdom to EU Member States. This updated study on the costs of gender-based violence in the EU is accompanied by a critical review of studies carried out within the EU to estimate the costs of gender-based and intimate partner violence that have been published since EIGE’s 2014 study. This review provides a set of lessons learned for future costing studies at European level and recommendations for estimating the costs of gender-based violence at Member State and EU levels.

This study is accompanied by a technical report, which provides details on the method and data used for the cost estimation for the UK case study, as well as the extrapolation of the results to the EU Member States.

EIGE: https://eige.europa.eu/publications/costs-gender-based-violence-european-union

Call for participants: supporting civil society organisations in raising awareness on the Istanbul Convention

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The Council of Europe in co-operation with the Women Against Violence Europe Network (WAVE) and UN Women are organising an on-line event with the participation of civil society organisations from all over Europe.

The main aims of the event are to:

The event will take place on 14 September 2022, at 09:30-12:00 CET.

The meeting will be hosted by the BlueJeans videoconferencing platform and the working language will be English.

Participants are invited to register on this link.The deadline for registrations is 12 September 2022, and the connection link will be made available after this deadline.

For more information, read the programme of the event.

European Women Pharmacists Meeting in Münster

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Deutscher Akademikerinnenbund e.V. (DAB) is pleased to invite you to the 16th European Women Pharmacists Meeting on 3.09.2022 in Münster. The theme of this year’s meeting is “Sustainable Practice in Pharmacy” and will feature lectures on green initiatives in all pharmaceutical branches by speakers from Germany, Romania, England, Iceland and the Netherlands.

The conference is aimed at pharmacists, scientists and engineers with a connection to pharmacy and/or sustainable technologies. You will find all the details on registration in the flyer here below – registration should have been done by 25.07.2022, but is also possible later. You can also click here to download the conference programme.

A certificate of attendance will be issued – accreditation of the training at the Chamber of Pharmacists of Westphalia-Lippe has been applied for. In addition to the interesting conference, you can expect a varied social programme from Friday evening to Sunday lunchtime, so it is also worth bringing your partner or family to Münster.

Marie Curie FRIAS Cofund Fellowships 2023/24

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With the Marie Skłodowska-Curie FRIAS COFUND Fellowship Programme up to 15 fellowships per year (juniors and seniors) are available to researchers from all nationalities and disciplines giving the opportunity of spending three to twelve months working on their own research project at the Freiburg Institute for Advanced Studies (FRIAS), the international research college of the University of Freiburg.

» Junior fellowships (completed PhD plus one to six years of post-doctoral experience)

(12-month fellowships between September 1 st, 2023 and August 31st, 2024)

» Senior fellowships (completed PhD plus a minimum of six years of post-doctoral experience or a tenured professorship or equivalent permanent position)

(3- to 10-month fellowships between September 1 st, 2023 and August 31st, 2024)

Fellowships of 3 to 10 months in the Senior scheme and of 12 months in the Junior scheme may be applied for. They will allow researchers to conduct their own research projects. FRIAS offers the opportunity for FCFP Junior Fellows to prolong the fellowship for up to three months for secondments in and collaboration with non-academic partner institutions in Freiburg and the region. Junior Fellows must apply for this option eight months into their fellowship.


In general, all fellowships will be awarded to individuals with challenging and innovative research projects of top academic quality through a highly competitive, strictly merit-based selection process (expected success rate: ~15% of eligible applications). The all-important selection criterion is the academic excellence of both the applicant and the project proposal. Personal qualifications with regard to experience and capability to conduct the research project will also be taken into account during the evaluation of the applications.

Applications are welcome from all disciplines that can be supported at the University of Freiburg. Applicants are encouraged to learn about the University of Freiburg’s profile of particular research strengths: https://uni-freiburg.de/research/research-profile/.

According to the EU mobility rule, applicants may not (a) have resided or (b) have carried out their main activity (work, studies, etc.) in Germany for more than a total of 12 months during the 3-year period prior to the application deadline. Compulsory national service and/or short stays such as holidays are not taken into account.

FRIAS is particularly interested in applications from female candidates for this position and therefore, strongly encourages women to apply.


Successful applicants will become FRIAS fellows with all the corresponding rights and obligations for the requested funding period. Fellows without a work contract at their home institution will obtain an attractive salary (Junior: ca. 4.600 € per month pre-tax; Senior: W3-equivalent professorial salary, ca. 7.000 € per month pre-tax). Senior fellows who stay on paid leave of absence from their home institution during the time of the fellowship will instead receive an additional contract as a guest professor at the University of Freiburg (ca. 3.050 € per month pre-tax) to compensate them for the extra costs of their stay in Freiburg. Fellows accompanied by at least one child receive an additional monthly family allowance of 250 €. Each fellow will receive a research cost contribution (theoretical sciences: up to 450 € per month, experimental sciences: up to 1.050 € per month). All fellows will have at their disposal a budget for individual training, a travel allowance to cover the costs of the inbound and outbound journey and a mobility allowance to cover relocation costs.

Career guidance is offered to each Junior fellow. Since one of the aims of FRIAS is to foster cross-disciplinary communication, full-time presence at FRIAS is mandatory.

The FCFP call for applications is co-financed by the European Union through the Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme “Marie Skłodowska-Curie Action, People, Co-funding of regional, national and international programs (COFUND)” and the State of Baden-Württemberg. The rules and ethical principles for Horizon 2020 and the state regulations apply.

The Marie S. Curie Actions pay particular attention to physical accessibility and inclusion of researchers and provide financial support by means of a Special Needs Lump Sum Allowance (SNLS) for recruited researchers with disabilities whose long-term physical, mental, intellectual or sensory impairments are such that their participation in the FCFP would not be possible without extra financial support.


Please upload the completed FCFP application form together with the required documents via the application portal for Senior fellowships ( https://www.frias.uni-freiburg.de/fcfp-senior-fellowships) or Junior fellowships ( https://www.frias.uni-freiburg.de/fcfp-junior-fellowships) and submit the complete application by August 15 th, 2022; 24.00 h CET.

Information on the programme, the application and the selection process (required documents, guidelines on eligibility, evaluation criteria, timeline and stages of the selection process) is provided at: https://www.frias.uni-freiburg.de/en/funding-programmes/cofund.

For further details please contact  FRIAS via e-mail fcfp-fellowships@frias.uni-freiburg.de

The constitutional right to abortion erased in USA

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On June 24th, six judges of the Supreme Court of the United States decided to reverse the Roe v Wade decision authorizing abortion, the 1973 case that legalised abortion nationwide, and Planned Parenthood v Casey, the decision that extended it (with modifications) in 1992. The Supreme Court has never before withdrawn a constitutional right that so many Americans have relied upon for so long.

Six people are having a disproportionate impact on women’s lives by depriving them of their right to control their own bodies, and it affects us all.

We see regressions after decades of progress like in Poland on the same subject.  Yet women have fought for the decriminalization of abortion in Colombia, Ireland, the Harvey Weinstein’s are brought to justice, the #MeToo movement has opened a global breach, women have won the right to love and marry whoever they want.

We are half human, and in new obstacles, punishments, appropriation like Afghanistan, opportunities lost, rights violated, we will always be where the Justice is and we will fight for our rights.

Together, again and again, we must fight for our Rights.” Anne Bergheim Negre, President University Women of Europe


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We are pleased to invite you to the next Annual General Meeting of the University Women of Europe in Kyrenia, Northern Cyprus. This year, the AGM will be combined with a one-day conference, the theme is: “Women and sustainable environment”. 

Women play a key role in the management, conservation, exploitation and utilization of natural resources as consumers and educators, our focus will be on the issues and the impact of women arising from the current situation in Europe.

Why does sustainable development depend on women? How to build equal sustainable development? 

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 Turkish Cypriot Association of University Women (TCAUW) is happy to host the UWE Annual General Meeting 2022. The city of Kyrenia is the hidden jewel of the Mediterranean full of magnificent historical monuments that provide timeless glimpses of glorious days gone by. The Kyrenia Harbour is a great example of the town’s rich history, with streets of old Kyrenia town exuding Ottoman architecture, leading up to the Venetian-built Kyrenia Castle beautifully towering over the harbour. The list continues with the breath-taking St. Hilarion Castle up on the mountain top and the Bellapais Abbey in set in one of the most beautiful villages on the island, as well as museums housing relics of the past. 


Kyrenia city can be reached by individual or collective taxi services that can be organised by your hotel or that can be taken once you land at the two international airports (ERCAN and LARNACA) which have several daily flights to Cyprus.  Ercan Airport can be accessed mainly by Turkish Airlines (https://www.turkishairlines.com/en-gb/flights/booking) regular flights from anywhere in the world as well as by some other charter companies such as Pegasus Airlines, Corendon Airlines with a touch down in Turkey. You can also have direct flights to Larnaca departing from many cities in Europe. (Easy Jet, Austrian Airlines, British Airways, Lufthansa Airlines, Ryan Air, Jet 2, Aegean Airlines LOT Polish Airlines etc.).

Please check the best flight option from your nearby airport.


  • Thursday 22 September: Arrival and registration, informal welcome and a cocktail reception
  • Friday 23 September: Welcome notes, keynote speeches, lunch and workshops followed by a Turkish Cypriot festive dinner with traditional food 
  • Saturday 24 September: UWE Annual General Meeting, Gala Dinner in the evening.

A detailed schedule of the conference programme will be available on our newsletter blog.


The Acapulco Resort Convention Spa nearby the beach will serve as our conference location. This amazing 5*hotel is located on the east of the city. 20 minutes from Ercan airport, nearby the Kyrenia Castle and Bellapais Monastery. We recommend our participants to book their rooms here at a special price.


The conference location Hotel Acapulco

To book your room follow the Instructions payment link , then click the payment link

Double room: 80 € per night/person, Single room: 120 € per night/ person *Breakfast included

When making a reservation at the hotel, please use the following code: UWE 2022 *These special prices are available until 31st of July!


Sunday, 25 September: KYRENIA & NICOSIA Tour – 35 EUR (including transport & lunch)

After departing from the hotel we drive to the beautiful village of Bellapais where the ‘Bellapais Monastery’ is located. This monastery is one of the most amazing ones with its architecture and location. We walk to the house of ‘Laurence Durell’ who lived in this village and wrote his famous book called ‘The Bitter Lemons of Cyprus’. We’ll then drive to Kyrenia centre and visit the ‘Kyrenia Castle’ which is located by the marina. It was built by Byzantines and many additions were made by Lusignans, Venetians, Ottomans, and by English. ‘The Shipwreck Museum’ is located in the castle and must be visited. A shipwreck, amphoras, almonds, fig seeds and many other objects are been exhibited which all date back to 300BC. After a short walk in the marina we hop on our bus and drive to Nicosia. 

We drive to the walled city of Nicosia which has been the capital of the island since 11th century. We’ll walk to the city centre from ‘Kyrenia Gate’ on foot. This gate is one of the 3 gates which surrounds the walled city of Nicosia. We stop at ‘Dr. Fazıl Kucuk Museum’ who was the Vice President of Cyprus when Republic of Cyprus was formed in 1960. We pass by ‘Samanbahce Houses’ which were the first social houses that were built for the people who were in need in 1900. We walk to ‘Venetian Column’ which is located in the centre of the city. ‘St. Sophia Cathedral’ (Selimiye Mosque) is one of the nicest gothic style buildings that was built by Lusignans. We walk to ‘Buyuk Han’ which was built in 1572 by the Ottomans and have our lunch in ‘Buyuk Han’. After some free time on our way to the bus we pass by ‘Dervish Pasa Mansion’ and visit the place which will be the last stop of the day.


The conference fee includes conference registration and documents, all lunches, coffee/tea and the Turkish Cypriot festive dinner evening. Registration deadline: August 25. The optional tour will be paid separately. Non-members will pay 30 Euro’s extra for a year membership fee of University Women of Europe. The conference fee includes conference registration, all lunches, coffee/tea and conference, Turkish dinner and documentation. If you would like to join us only for the gala dinner at a special location the fee is 35 Euro.

Early bird fee31 July 2022110 €100 €
Regular fee25 August 2022120 €110 €
Gala dinner 35 € 
Early bird fee31 July 2022140 €130 €
Regular fee25 August 2022150 €140€
Gala dinner 35 € 

Click here to register online your participation

Please pay your fees to the following bank account:




IBAN:               TR 22 0006 4000 0026 8090 0789 17


For any additional inquiries about the conference, please contact TCAUWersoy.ferdiye@gmail.com or guldenkucuk@yahoo.com and use the subject line: UWE 2022.

Bank to Bank Transfer – Please use your name as a reference for your booking.

Should you for any reason decide not to come the following cancellation rules apply for the participation fee conference:

50% after July 15 2022 / 75% after August 25 2022 / 100% after September 1st