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

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

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

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

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

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

WELCOME TO GRAZ

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

TRANSPORTATION

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

CONFERENCE PROGRAMME

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

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

WORKSHOPS

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

CONFERENCE VENUE

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

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OPTIONAL TOURS

23 August 2017 (pre-conference tour):

Tour 1 – An afternoon in Vienna

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

27 August (post-conference tours):

Tour 2 – Graz city tour

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

Tour 3 – Western Styria

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

Tour 4 – Wine Country

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

ACCOMMODATION

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

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

Reservations: hotel@weitzer.com

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

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

Reservations: hellograz@daniel.com

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

UWE Conference 2017

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

CONFERENCE FEE

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

REGISTRATION DEADLINE

FULL CONFERENCE

FRIDAY 25 August

SATURDAY 26 August

Members

Early bird fee

30 April 2017

185 €

Regular fee

30 June 2017

210 €

150 €

100 €

Young member fee

30 June 2017

170 €

Gala dinner

45 €

Non-members

Early bird fee

30 April 2017

210 €

Regular fee

30 June 2017

240 €

Gala dinner

55 €

Click here to register online your participation!

Please pay your fees to the following Austrian bank account:

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

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

 

 

FILDIS and UWE for international meeting on female military force

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A meeting Donne in Divisa” (Women in uniform) organized by FILDIS and UWE, hosted a delegation of US Navy and US Air Force women and a group of Italian military women belonging to the Armed Forces and the Police.

The event, which is part of the International Women’s Day celebrations, was held at the Syracuse University of Catania – SDS Architettura Università on 28 of March, 2017.

The Naval Air Station (NAS) Sigonella Military, from the NAVSUP Logistic Command and the Remote Pilot Aircraft Group of Air Force aeronautical, and the group of Italian military women belonging to the Armed Forces and Order (State Police, Carabinieri, Guard of Finance) shared their professional experiences during a moderate round table by UWE Vicepresident Phd. Elena Flavia Castagnino Berlinghieri  and the Head of Communications at NAS Phd. Alberto Lunetta.

The entry of women into the Armed Forces and the Guardia di Finanza aims to answer the female aspirations and the needs of the Armed Forces. As claimed by the Ministry of Defence, women’s recruitment is in fact the implementation response of a new model of defence, in line with the new tasks and operational scenarios envisaged for the Armed Forces (increase in international missions, peace keeping activities),which is a completely professional and fully integrated tool with those of the European and NATO countries that have, for a much longer time, been female staff in their queues. In this respect, the publication NATO Women in the NATO Armed Forces, published in 2000, is a very useful reference term.

The event, whose purpose is to make the role of women in the armed forces more widely known to the public and to offer ideas for reflection and inspiration on leadership and managerial style, and on how to reconcile work and family, was addressed by Phd. Gabriella Ioppolo, Questore of Syracuse and the delegations of military women of State Police, Guardia di Finanza, Carabinieri, Navy Military and US Military of Sigonella.

Source: Siracusalife

Photo credit: Salvo Trommino

Gender pay gap must be declared by UK companies

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According to BBC News, companies with 250 or more employees will have to publish their gender pay gaps within the next year under a new legal requirement.

The UK gender pay gap is 18.1% for all workers, or 9.4% for full-time staff.

 

Women and Equalities minister Justine Greening said “helping women to reach their full potential isn’t only the right thing to do, it makes good economic sense…today we have made gender pay gap mandatory – a key step to closing the gender pay gap“.

About half of the UK workforce will be affected by the new reporting rules, which encompass 9,000 employers and more than 15 million employees.

Public, private and voluntary sector firms are now all required to disclose average pay for men and women, including any bonuses. Firms must publish a snapshot of their employee pay as at 5 April 2017 if they are a private business or charity, or 31 March 2017 for those in the public sector. All the data will eventually be available on a government database.

A few firms had already published their figures prior to the government’s campaign launch.

The gender pay gap refers to the difference in average pay between men and woman, which the Office for National Statistics works out using median hourly earnings figures for UK employees.

Other countries are also working to eradicate the gender pay gap. Iceland is debating a bill that would require companies with more than 25 employees to prove they do not discriminate between male and female workers.

The country has the smallest gap, according to the World Economic Forum’s Gender Pay Gap Index, while the UK is in 20th place.

 

 

Kit Against sexism

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For the first time, the word SEXISM has entered into the labour code with a new specific “sexist acts” provision.

Manifestations of sexism at work take many forms, they can be experienced differently by those who are victims of it and can have repercussions on the professional lives of employees.

While a certain number of acts and behaviours on the grounds of sex (discrimination on grounds of sex, insults on grounds of sex) or sexual connotation (sexual harassment, etc.) described hereafter (appendix) are already covered by the law, what we call “everyday sexism” has recently been subject to a specific provision in the labour code regarding the banning of “all sexist acts”, arising from the act of 17th August 2015 relating to social dialogue and employment. The act of 8th August 2016 relating to labour, the modernisation of social dialogue and the safeguarding of career paths has strengthened these provisions.

The Higher Council for professional equality between men and women (CSEP), introduces this new legislation to you, as well as three tools to act within your company:

Two awards for the Spanish Federation of University Women – Marbella on International Woman’s Day

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Very proud to announce all our members and friends that on the International Woman’s Day, the Spanish Federation of University Women(SFUW) Marbella has received two awards, one from the Town Hall of Marbella and another from the Diputación of Málaga (the most important political representation in the province of Málaga). Congratulations for their work in empowering women!
The speech at the Town Hall of Marbella thanking the Mayor and the Council of Equality for the award was based on the HE for SHE slogan. Some husbands joined us for the celebration in the Town Hall. Both awards were for our work in empowering women through education. So far we have 16 young women at University thanks to our scholarships” – Garbiñe Larrazabal, President of Marbella Chapter SFUW.
Here with the “He for She cards” in Marbella
Here with The Major of Marbella
The Málaga Award

EWL at CSW61

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Like every year, the European Women’s Lobby (EWL) will take part to the 61st session of the UN Commission on the Status of Women (13-24 March). EWL membership is very active during CSW61, organising side events and influencing the negotiations on the Conclusions which should be adopted by the UN member states at the end of the session.

This year’s priority theme is “Women’s economic empowerment in the changing world of work” and the emerging issue is ’The empowerment of Indigenous women”. Ahead of CSW61, the EWL had sent, together with its members, a joint statement highlighting the situation of women domestic workers. We have also made comments on the zero draft of the conclusions.

During CSW, the EWL is organising two events :

  • A side event co-organised with Belgium and Iceland, on “The Nordic Model on prostitution: a key step to ensure girls’ and young women’s economic empowerment”, on Wednesday 15 March, 8.15-9.30am, in conference room 8 of the UN.

  • A parallel event co-sponsored by NAWO Youth, Unizon, Wagggs, the European YWCA and Rights4Girls, on “#HerFuture: Challenges & opportunities for girls’ and young women’s economic empowerment”, on Wednesday 15 March, 2.30-4pm, at the Salvation Army (downstairs).

Other EWL members’ events:

EWL Secretariat members will also be speaking at:

EWL will take part to the EU-briefing, and will co-facilitate the meetings of the caucus for Europe and North America:

  • Wednesday 15 March, 6.15-7.45pm, Boss room Church Center
  • Monday 20 March, 6.15-7.45pm, 2nd floor Church Center

The list of NGO events is here. The list of official side events is here.

How can culture empower Europe to respond to the refugee crisis?

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We thought maybe you will be very interested  to read this editorial and find about an intensive learning programme, which focus is on the question of culture in Europe’s refugee crisis, especially if you are planning to come to our next UWE Conference 24-17 August, 2017, Graz.

The “Fortress Europe”, the closer economic and political union of diverse peoples built on the exclusion of “Others”, is showing its cracks under the pressure of millions of migrants, refugees and asylum applicants. This is a crucial moment for the European Union, as its members are divided over their responses. Just this month, on 3 February at the Malta Summit, President of the European Commission, Jean-Claude Juncker, spoke with leaders on measures to better manage migration to Europe and save lives. The gathering resulted in the publication of the Malta Declaration which sets out concrete short- and medium term actions to improve the migration situation along the Central Mediterranean route and on the ground in Libya and its neighboring countries. However, this outcome has been controversial. Reactions from civil society have warned the European Union against the potential of stranding refugees by making a deal with Libya, the main launching point for hundreds of thousands of migrants who have crossed to Europe fleeing war and dire conditions. Europe’s refugee crisis is not an easy issue to address for anyone acting at the policy and practitioner level, but as leaders in culture and education we have never turned away or given up from complex issues and challenges. Furthermore, at times of controversy, or when social fabrics and democracy are at risk of being torn apart by rising right-wing politics, increased extremism, and isolation, it is through the power of culture and education that we can defend and reaffirm European values of tolerance, solidarity, and unity that Europe is built on. Committed to empower and train the current and future generation of European cultural leaders, ENCATC will be looking at “The Question of Culture in Europe’s Refugee Crisis” at the occasion of its 6th ENCATC Academy on Culture in External Relations next 27-28 of March in Brussels. The educational programme will focus on how through arts and culture we could deliver a powerful response to the influx of refugees, migrants and displaced communities coming to Europe … ” Note from Editor GiannaLia Cogliandro Beyens – ENCATC Secretary General

Established in 1992, ENCATC is an independent european network of more than 100 member institutions in over 40 countries active in education, training and research in the broad field of cultural management and policy.
The members are higher education institutions, training centers, cultural organisations, consultancies, public authorities and artists in over 40 countries, who make an impact on cultural management and policy as well as the education of students and lifelong learning of cultural mangers worldwide.

ENCATC News is an electronic monthly newsletter produced for ENCATC members by the ENCATC Secretariat in Brussels, supported by the Creative Europe programme of the European Commission. A shorter Digest version is made for non members. In each issue, readers can learn from peers in the ENCATC in Contact interview series, see what other members and cultural organizations are contributing to the field, and consult recently published books, studies, and reports.
Here you can download the latest ENCATC newsletter and read more interesting news and find out how you can take an active part in an educational programme for your work in culture and external relations related to this issue.