Council of Europe Gender Equality Strategy 2018-2023

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Council of Europe – Meeting Room
Council of Europe Gender Equality Strategy 2018-2023 was formally adopted by the Committee of Ministers during its 1309th meeting which took place on 7th March 2018.
As Representative of the Conference of INGOs, dr. Anne Negre, Vice President in charge of Equality has participated to the elaboration of this new strategy which is going to be launched at the Conference “Gender Equality: Paving the Way” in Copenhagen, 3-4 May 2018. Anne Negre has been invited also and will participate.
The Strategy renews the Organisation’s commitment to address current and emerging challenges and remove barriers towards achieving substantive and full gender equality both in the member States and within the organisation.  The focus will be on six strategic areas: Prevent and combat gender stereotypes and sexism; Prevent and combat violence against women and domestic violence; Ensure the equal access of women to justice; Achieve a balanced participation of women and men in political and public decision-making; Protect the rights of migrant, refugee and asylum-seeking women and girls and Achieve gender mainstreaming in all policies and measures.



Invitation to UWE Conference & AGM 2018

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We are pleased to invite you to the next Annual General Meeting of the University Women of Europe in Rome which will be combined, as usual, with a two day conference: 21-24th of June 2018. The conference in Rome, Italy brings together University Women from all over Europe in a wonderful and inspiring environment. The Conference theme is Women in Stem professions, Challenges – Support – Education. We aim to focus on how to create opportunities and support systems for women in STEM professions.

What challenges do they face? How can we combine the technological innovations with empowerment of women and girls? These innovations demand different skills and give different opportunities on the employment market. Women still seem to choose humanistic studies.

How do we improve the working conditions in STEM professions, so more women will chose STEM studies and professions. How do we create equal opportunities for women and girls in a world that changes so rapidly? Those questions and more you will be able to discuss at the UWE Conference 2018 in Rome. As a special event we will present the material on the Pay Gap in several countries on Saturday morning 23rd of June.

We are looking forward to meeting you to exchange ideas and create energy and commitment. The conference is open to all members of the University Women of Europe and their friends.

Welcome to Rome
FILDIS is happy to host the UWE Annual General Meeting 2018 in Rome and invites you to one of the most beautiful cities from all over the world.
ROME is centrally located, easy to reach from all the airports. The conference hotel is right in the middle of the centre of Rome and you can visit all the sights on foot.

Overall Program Women in STEM professions: Challenges – Support – Education

Thursday 21st June 2018

  • Arrival and Registration. Informal welcome and light dinner at Beef Bazar a modern and lively restaurant where modern Roman inhabitants like to go.

Friday 22nd June 2018

  • UWE Conference Day –  SPAZIO EUROPA, via Quattro Novembre 149, 00187 Roma

    • 9.00 – 9.30: Participants registration

    • 9.30 – 10.10: Introductions and Opening/Welcome

    • 10.10 – 11.30: Contributions

    • 11.30 – 11.50 – coffee break

    • 11.50 – 13.30: Contributions

    • 13.30 – 14.30: Lunch break

    • 14.30 – 16.00: Workshops

    • 16.00 – 16.20: Coffee break

    • 16.00 – 17.00: Interventions and Clear venue

    • 20.30: Roman Evening at a classic Roman restaurant Il Giubileo, Via di Porta Cavalleggeri 145, 00165 Roma.

Saturday 23rd June 2018 – 

  • UWE Annual General Meeting –  Valdese Temple, Piazza Cavour 32, 00193 Roma
    • 9.00 – 10.00: Collective Complaint on the Pay Gap

    • 10.00 – 10:20: Coffee break

    • 10.20 – 13.20: Reports on activities by NFAs, elections for President and Secretary General

    • 13.20 – 14.20: Lunch

    • 14.20 – 16.00: Annual General Meeting: date and place next Conference

    • 20.30: Gala dinner at Barberini Palace, Via delle Quattro Fontane 13, 00186 Roma

Workshop proposals

We welcome proposals for workshops on (aspects of) the conference theme. Submit your proposal to ultimately by the 30th of April 2018 including 10 lines as a summary and a maximum of 300 words on the content of the workshop. Workshops should last no longer than 40 minutes, with approximately 15 minutes presentation. A comparison with at least one other European country is preferable. Deadline for workshop proposals: 30 April 2018.

Conference Venue and hotel

The conference will take place in the heart of Rome, not far from the Cicerone Hotel. We have found a wonderful luxurious four star hotel in the Vatican Area a very reasonable price. Hotel Cicerone is right in the centre and you can walk to all the famous monuments in Rome: Saint Peter’s Basilica, Vatican Museums, Castle St Angelo, Mole Adriana, Piazza del Popolo, Spanish Steps and Trevi Fountain. Of course you will also be able to go shopping along the main street as Via Cola di Rienzo and a lively fresh food market. We have a very special arrangement and need to know who is going to visit Cicerone Hotel as soon as possible. Please let us know if you intend to stay at Cicerone Hotel before March 22nd 2018.

Hotel Cicerone ( offers comfortable rooms, including breakfast,

  • Double room (€ 137,00 two persons including breakfast)

  • Triple room (€ 182,00 three persons including breakfast)

  • Single room (€ 110,00 one person including breakfast)

To reserve a room a 30% deposit must be paid in advance of the cost of total stay at the following bank details: putting your name and Cicerone Hotel’s name :

International Language School
IBAN: IT14R0200805007000102096560
Bank: UNICREDIT spa – Fil. Roma Giulio Cesare – Viale Giulio Cesare n. 90 – 00192 Roma
Swift: UNCRITM1003

Please send an email to with the receipt of money sent.

One-day and two-day excursions post
conference. Price approximately € 60,00 / € 150,00. Further information will follow soon on the website: / www. and Facebook.

Sunday 24th June 2018

  • One day guided tour Rome Colosseum; Venice square, Vittoriano, Museum Capitolini, Campidoglio, Imperium Forum, Mercati di Traiano. A busy and exciting day including lunch.  At least ten people maximum 25 (of  course we can form more groups). Price: 40 EUR each person

  • Option to go to one of the many museums or hop on hop off bus.

Monday 25th and Tuesday 26th of June 2018

  • Two day tour Villa d’Este and Villa Adriana. Approximately 30 kilometres out of Rome a lovely historical village with great views . Stay over in a small hotel with hot water baths. From there it is easy to go to the airport. Plan a return trip in the afternoon. Price: 240 EUR per person

Participation Fee Conference
The fee includes documentation, coffee, tea, lunches and dinners during the conference . The gala dinner at Barberini Palace is € 60,00 including beverages.

UWE members
Early bird (paid before 22
 March 2018): € 215,00; one day € 120,00
Young members (born after 1980): € 185,00; one day 110,00
Fee (paid after 22
 March 2018): € 250,00; one day € 150,00

Note: 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, Roman Evening, documentation. If you would like to join us only for the festive dinner at a special location the fee is 45 Euro. 

If you want to attend the conference, please online register here. Early bird registration is open until 22 March 2018!

More information:
Please contact the organisation via attention to Pina Foti and Gabriella Anselmi.

Payment must be made at:

Gabriella Anselmi

causal transfer: G. Anselmi – Rome Conference – AGM UWE 2018


IBAN: IT69Q0329601601000067169493 

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 April 30th 2018

75% after May 15th 2018

100% after June 1st 2018

Any questions? 

Please contact the Organizing Committee:

Gabriella Anselmi and Pina Foti:

Call for candidates – Expert Council on NGO Law

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The Conference of INGOs of the Council of Europe is inviting qualified candidates to apply to serve as Members of the Expert Council on NGO Law from July 2018 to July 2021.
We would be grateful if you could disseminate this call for candidates through your networks and publish it on your websites and social media.
Call for candidates (15 members) – Deadline: 15 April 2018
The role of the Expert Council on NGO Law
Currently, the work of NGOs is impacted by various factors which shrink civic space and impede the collaboration between NGOs and public authorities in different sectors of public policies. The Conference of INGOs of the Council of Europe works relentlessly to support and reinforce the contribution of INGOs to the development of international standards. NGOs are unavoidable players in democratic societies. To accomplish their work, they need a supportive legal framework respecting their independence and international standards. The latter are in constant evolution thanks to the case law of the European Court of Human Rights and new recommendations elaborated by the Council of Europe. 
In 2008, the Conference of INGOs created the Expert Council on NGO Law (Terms of Reference) to ensure the best possible articulation between Council of Europe norms and NGO Law. Through its opinions, the Expert Council advises the Conference of INGOs, NGOs and national authorities, while ensuring a democratic oversight when the national legal framework or legal regulations compromise the rights of NGOs. 
About your role
If you have a legal background and knowledge of the NGO sector in one or several countries and wish to contribute to the creation of an enabling environment for NGOs throughout Europe, by examining national legislation relating to NGOs and its implementation, and by promoting the respect of Council of Europe norms and good practice in this area; if you wish to work with eminent experts specialised in human rights, democracy and the rule of law, the Expert Council is the place for you.
Candidate Requirements
The mandate of the Expert Council (Terms of Reference) requires that the members possess some or all of the following qualifications:
·      Knowledge of NGO law (legislation and regulatory fields), and also other legal subjects (fiscal law, for example), administrative and judiciary practice which influence the status and functioning of NGOs as well as human rights.
·      Experience in the NGO sector, at national and international level, including experience in the management of NGOs and the NGO networks.
·      Knowledge of European norms and good practice in the field of Human Rights and Rule of Law
·      Competences to draft a legal opinion or an analysis of the legal framework
·      Good knowledge of oral and written English and possibly other European languages.
Responsibilities and expectations
The members of the Expert Council shall contribute actively to its work as specified in its Terms of Reference and will be required to:
·         Contribute energy, ideas and time in support of the Expert Council and the Conference of INGOs
·         Participate in the Expert Council meetings (approximately twice a year). Members must also invest preparation time prior to each meeting. 
·         Contribute to/draft reports/studies/legal opinions
·         Flag issues related to the mandate of the Expert Council that require action by the Expert Council or the Conference of INGOs
·         Advise the President of the Conference of INGOs on communiqués and letters to national authorities on matters relating to NGO legislation
·         Participate, if required, in at least a country visit of the President of the Conference of INGOs and contribute to the writing of a report.
Financial aspects
Travel and subsistence expenses of members and small fees for certain studies/legal opinions shall be borne by the Council of Europe, within the limits of budgetary appropriations to the Expert Council and according to Council of Europe regulations.
The mandate of the experts within the Council is three years. It will start in July 2018 and will end in July 2021. 
Call for applications open until 15 April 2018
If you meet the conditions above, please apply by sending an email with the following documents to Ellsworth Camilleri ( before 24:00 CET on 15 April 2018:
–       a cover letter
–       a detailed curriculum vitae
–       optional: letter of recommendation or any additional documents which can help us to assess your competencies
By submitting an application, candidates confirm that they have not been the subject of a judgment that has the force of res judicata for fraud, corruption, involvement in a criminal organisation or any other illegal activity detrimental to the work of the Conference of INGOs.

Anne Negre – New VP of Equality at the Conference of INGOs

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On 24 January,  our colleague Anne Nègre – Gender Equality Expert was elected for three years as Vice-President in charge of Equality at the Conference of INGOs. The former President  Anna Rurka was re-elected  for a 2nd three year term. Congratulations to them, they’ve done a great work!

Meanwhile, for the first time a woman from Bosnia, has been elected as Human Rights Commissioner  by the Parliamentary Assembly of the CoE. The PACE has elected  María Elósegui Ichaso as Judge at the European Court of Human Rights.

Inviation EWL Conference”Loud and United to end violence against women and girls”

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The European Women’s Lobby invites us to a public event “Istanbul Convention: What policies transform commitments into reality” on the 6th of December 2017 from 14h to 17h30, at the Permanent Representation of the Federal Republic of Germany to the European Union (Rue Jacques de Lalaing, 8-14).

You can register to participate in the event here. Registrations will be opened until 29 of November 2017.

Despite progress over the last decades on equality between women and men there is not a single country in the Europe where women and girls are free from male violence. We still have a long way to go to ensure that women and girls can live a life free from violence in the EU. (See EWL Factsheet on Disrupting the continuum of violence against women and girls). Violence against women exists, it is not abstract and women are speaking out about it. As the #MeToo movement has emphasized, it’s time for action. Women’s voices are too loud and too many to be ignored any longer!

 Let’s continue to disrupt the silence and the indifference!


Now is the moment to take stock of the latest developments at EU and at Member State level. The Council of Europe Convention on preventing and combating violence against women and domestic violence, the Istanbul Convention, entered into force 4 years ago, being the most comprehensive treaty on this issue and a key tool to improve legislation and policies. However, at present only 17EU member states have ratified it and more progress is needed to ensure that its provisions are implemented across Europe. At EU Level, there have been important steps in relation to ratification of the Istanbul Convention by the EU and the declaration of 2017 as EU year of focused action to end violence against women. It is crucial that women’s organisations’ continue to monitor this and to ensure that commitments are transformed into reality.

During this event EWL Observatory experts and academics will highlight the key challenges in combating violence against women and in implementing the Istanbul Convention. We will focus on violence against migrant and refugee women and digital violence against women. There will be room for exchange with key CoE and EU decision and several members of the European Coalition to end violence against women will highlight their initiatives.

The event will finish with an inspiring slam poetry performance.

The event will mark the end of a campaign coordinated lead by EWL members which will run from the International Day to Eliminate Violence against Women on 25th November to International Human Rights day on the 10th of December.

EWL Observatory Experts, NGO’s, civil society, women’s rights organisations and representatives of the Council and Europe and EU Institutions will all be present and we call on your participation for this important event!

You can already engage by signing this petition calling for action at EU level to make Europe a safe space for women and girls:

This event acts as a follow-up to the International Conference “Loud and United to end violence against women and girls” organised by the EWL in June 2017 in Brussels city hall. See a brief video with key messages here.

=>For action: EWL Loud & United Social Media toolkit – campaign starting on 25 November!

 We are sharing with you the EWL social media toolkit for the Loud and United EWL social media campaign during the 16 days of activism to end violence against women from 25th November to 10th of December. This social media toolkit aims to provide tools and guidelines for the engagement of members during the EWL social media campaign during the 16 days of activism to end violence against women from 25th November to 10th of December. The toolkit includes 14 social media visuals that you can use and adapt by inserting your key messages and demands on VAWG and your logos – but make sure to read the full social media toolkit carefully first. The toolkit and visuals are available for download on this google drive: drive/folders/ 13EW1zOGAMUb93Ul2AaIZonT72GaSS SqR , and the toolkit is also available on the Living Room here. We will be disseminating the visuals with key messages at EU level in our different social media platforms during the 16 days of activism.

Please, share with us the activities that you are organising during the 16 days of activism so that we can disseminate widely the information.  


“Women’s Movement: Stories of Migration” – IrFUW Conference 2017

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The Queens Women’s Graduate Association (QWGA) will host the annual conference of the Irish Federation of University Women (IRFUW) in the Canada Room of Queen’s University Belfast on Saturday 7 October 2017. This follows the IRFUW Gala Dinner on Friday 6 October in the Great Hall at Queens University Belfast.

The conference title and theme is ‘Women’s Movement: Stories of Migration’.

The conference will explore women’s particular experiences around migration and displacement and to provide a unique opportunity to voice and hear these experiences. The conference will look at the response of institutions, societies, and states and the legal and rights contexts in which women’s migration takes place.

In addition to hearing from delegates, the conference will hear from our keynote speaker, Marie Anderson, the Northern Ireland Public Services Ombudsman, a lawyer with an international reputation in promoting and protecting human rights.

Speakers will address migration in the context of issues including identity, home, memory, and living in diaspora, access to services, legal rights, human rights and security.

Guest speaker: Jane Talbot, Author, Founder of Women Aloud NI Northern Ireland

Conference speakers Themes
Marie Anderson, NIPSO Keynote address
Asma Amro Problems Affecting the Access to Education For Syrian Refugees in Jordan
Dr Patricia Brazil BL Embodied rights: Gender and migration in Irish law’
Dr Evropi Chatzipanagiotidou Law, human rights, migration and diasporas
Dr Johanne Devlin Trew Women’s stories of migration in the Northern Ireland context
Dr Edie Shillue My Granny was a Human Smuggler: Irish/Women in Diaspora
Mimi Unamoyo A Lawyer’s Journey
Dr Ulrike Vieten Personal experience and legal context of EU migration

More details about Conference  and registration here:

IRFUW Conference 2017 details

Booking Form – IRFUW Conference 2017 (2)




Invitation Debate “Return of the death penalty in Europe: genuine threat or populist fiction?”

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Debate: “Return of the death penalty in Europe: genuine threat or populist fiction?”
Date: 10 October, 09.00 – 13.00
Languages: French/English
Location: Room 2, ‘Palais de l’Europe’, Council of Europe

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