Women’s Biography Award

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Awarded in November each year, the prize is created by the French Association of University Women and University Women of Europe.

The prize is awarded for a biography in French of an author on the life of women who have lived in France or abroad.

The biography must be made available to the AFFDU/UWE Jury on 30 August 2020.

The laureates may only compete once. The prize money is the publication of the Biography in French by Editions Ampelos. The laureate undertakes to rework her biography for publication if necessary.

Biographies selected by the jury may be published online on the websites dedicated to this purpose.

Abstracts of the biographies presented for the prize will be published online on the websites of the associations AFFDU and UWE, as well as on the Publisher’s website.

Biographies should be sent before August 30, 2020 to the following e-mail address: bio@affdu.fr.


In electronic format:

  • a compressed file with the first names, surnames, etc., will be sent to the Editor.
  • The text with a maximum of 160 000 characters including spaces, its annexes may be a bibliography of 2 000 characters including spaces and a maximum of 18 illustrations in pdf format.
  • A 5,000 character biography summary, including spaces, without footnotes, in word format. The abstract should include a definition of the subject of study, a brief presentation of the sources and the problem, and the main results of the research.
  • In French, if the text also exists in another language, it can be attached in the following languages
  • The author’s telephone, electronic and postal contact information
  • A resume.
  • Authorization for publication by edition and on the web
  • If the author is a University graduate, she will become a member of the AFFDU. If the author is not a University graduate, she will become a related member or will make a donation equivalent to the AFFDU membership fee. In this way, she will subscribe to the corporate objects of the AFFDU as well as to those of the UWE which inspire this competition.

And in paper format:

  • A simple mailing, no registered mail, we will not be able to receive them, including two paper copies of the Biography and its possible appendices
  • two hard copies of the abstract
  • two copies of your telephone, electronic and postal contact information and CV
  • these documents will not be returned
  • at the following address: AFFDU/UWE, REID HALL, 4 rue de Chevreuse 75006 Paris – France

Only complete files will be considered.

Abstracts of the biographies that have competed for the prize may be published in the journal Diplômées and on the UWE website.

The members of the jury

President: Anne Nègre, UWE

Vice President: Sonia Bressler, AFFDU

Eric Peyrard, Editions Ampelos

Nicole Fouché


Here at this link terms& conditions in french 

UWE Meet & Greet 2020 – cancelled

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With great regret, due to current circumstances, Corona outbreak, after communicating with the Irish Federation of University Women (IrFUW) we’ve been advised that UWE Meet & Greet 2020 event due to be held in May will be cancelled for this year.

We would like to thank the Irish Federation of University Women for the amount of work and for the organisation there has been already planned, the safety of our members is VITAL.

Even though our meeting is in May, we strongly feel we need to be cautious about planning future events.

For the members who have already payed their registration, arrangements has been confirmed with the organizers, they will get their refund through bank transfer.

Our thoughts are with our members, soon it will be announced an online forum  to share our thoughts during this difficult time.

COVID-19 Educational Disruption and Response

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UNESCO/Shutterstock.commThe number of children, youth and adults not attending schools or universities because of COVID-19 is soaring.

In response, UNESCO convened a global video conference of high education officials to step up the emergency response and share strategies to minimize learning disruption worldwide.

Seventy-three countries were represented including 24 education ministers and 15 vice ministers from China, Croatia, Egypt, France, Italy, Lebanon, Mexico, Nigeria, Japan, the Republic of Korea and the Islamic Republic of Iran.

According to data released up to date by UNESCO, the crisis is now impacting close to 363 million learners worldwide, from the pre-primary to tertiary level, including 57.8 million students in higher education. One in five students worldwide is staying away from school due to the COVID-19 crisis and an additional one in four is being kept out of higher education establishments.

Governments in 113 countries have closed educational institutions in an attempt to contain the global pandemic. Since March 16, fifteen countries have ordered nationwide school closures and 14 have implemented localized closures, spanning Asia, Europe, the Middle East and North America.

We are entering uncharted territory and working with countries to find hi-tech, low-tech and no-tech solutions to assure the continuity of learning,” said UNESCO Director-General Audrey Azoulay. “As countries try to prepare their response, international cooperation is vital to share the most effective approaches and support students, teachers and families. UNESCO is stepping up its support to ensure this crisis promotes innovation and inclusion and does not exacerbate learning inequalities.”

To steer the global response, UNESCO announced the creation of a UNESCO-COVID19 Emergency Task Force that will support national responses and share effective policy responses with a focus on the most vulnerable countries. A wider community of practice will be established to enhance knowledge sharing, peer learning and capacity building on distance and open learning. UNESCO aims to mobilize all actors involved, including the private sector. Partners such as Microsoft have already lent technical support to the Task Force.

Government representatives shared approaches and best practices during their exchange to ensure continuity of learning during school closures, the duration of which is unpredictable at this stage.

UNESCO published a list of educational applications and platforms to help parents, teachers, schools and school systems facilitate student learning and provide social caring and interaction during periods of school closure. While these solutions do not carry UNESCO’s explicit endorsement, they tend to have wide reach, a strong user-base and evidence of impact. Most of the solutions are free and several support multiple languages.

Also a list of national learning portals and tools to help assure the continuity of education during COVID-19 school closures.

International Women’s Day 2020: 25th anniversary of the Beijing Declaration

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In 1995, the UN’s 4th World Conference on women adopted Beijing Declaration, a resolution regarding the empowerment and advancement of women around the world. It set out strategic objectives to achieve gender equality in 12 areas, including the economy, violence against womenwomen in power and women and the environment. 


In light of increasing global concerns of the spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) a conference to mark the anniversary of the Beijing Declaration planned by European Parliament’s women’s rights committee for 5 March was cancelled, the 64th Session of the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW64) was significantly sized down to a one-day procedural meeting with Member States’ New York-based representatives. Although the political statement and multi-annual work programme has been approved at this meeting, women’s civil society organisations from around the world missed this unique moment to bring the collective voices of women and girls, in all their diversity, to the international political table.

Sadly so far, the UN and UN Member States have not been forthcoming to reassure us or propose other ways in which Women’s Civil Society voices will still be brought to the . This lack of commitment is part of the broader concern of the increasingly shrinking space of women’s civil society. The UN system and the Member States must take proactive steps to support feminist women’s organisations, to ensure they are included and financially supported within upcoming UN processes for 2020, including the Generation Equality Forums in Mexico and Paris, and the UN General Assembly in New York.

In times like this, we must remain vigilant and stand strong in the face of uncertainty, adversity, and instability. We continue to recognize the incredible work of women’s activists and feminists everywhere, and their ongoing efforts to ensure a feminist world where women and girls live free, equal and dignified lives. While we are physically divided, we are united in our vision for a feminist world.” Gwendoline Lefebvre, President, European Women’s Lobby

Ahead of International Women’s Day on 8 March, EWL has published its report 25 years of the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action (1995-2020): THE TIME TO DELIVER IS NOW!” The report looks back at progress made in the EU in the last five years in relation to some of the BPfA’s critical areas of concern, highlights key actions of EWL and its members, and identifies remaining obstacles, to which we present our demands.

Meet & Greet Programme

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UWE Meet & Greet Dublin 15th – 17th May 2020

Illuminations and Inspirations’

Illuminated and Inspired – we are women

Hosted by the Irish Federation of University Women (IrFUW)

Cónascadh Banchéimithe na hÉireann

Friday 15th May 2020

1.30: Registration. Tea & Coffee, University Club, University College Dublin (UCD).

2.20: Welcome and Outline of the Day: Frances Patton, IrFUW President,

Past President UCD Women Graduates Association (UCD WGA)

2:35: Welcome to Belfield: Dr Linda Deeks (UCD).

2.50: Dr Anne Nègre, President University Women of Europe (UWE).

3:00: Dr Margaret Ward, Hon. Senior Lecturer QUB, Feminist Historian and Author:

Maud Gonne – An Irish Feminist.

3.45: Comfort Break

4.00: Dr. Mary E. Daly, President The Clinton Institute, Professor Emerita UCD, former President Royal Irish Academy: An Historical Perspective.

4.45: Open discussion, chaired by Dr. Meadhbh Hand, President Trinity Women Graduates (TWG).

5.30: Closing Remarks.

7:30: Drinks Reception (Location: to be confirmed)

8.00: Welcome Meal in University Club, Belfield


Saturday 16th May 2020

09:15: Registration

10.00: Welcome and Outline of the Day: Dr. Máire O’Connell, IrFUW Vice-President, Former CER, Galway Association of Women Graduates (GAWG)

10:10: Dublin City Councillor Hazel Chu, Chairperson of the Green Party / An Comhaontas Glas.

11.00: Tea & Coffee

11.30: Dr Síghle Bhreathnach-Lynch, Art Historian and Author, former Curator of Irish Art at the National Gallery of Ireland: Inspired by Art. (TBC)

12.15: Panel Discussion: Chaired by Martina Fitzgerald, Author ‘Madam Politician’

Introduced by Oonagh Ferrity, Queen’s Women Graduates’ Association (QWGA), Member UWE Constitution Committee.

Panel: Alice Leahy, Martina Devlin + 2 others to be confirmed.

1.15: Sharon Bowers, TWG, GWI Representative at CWS64, CSW64/Bejing+25.

1:30: Closing Remarks.

* Own arrangements for lunch. Club Café open until 3 p.m.

Afternoon: See List of ‘Places of Interest’ provided for your choice of individual visit.

Or Guided Walking Tour: UCD Belfield Campus / Trinity College Campus

7.30: Drinks Reception in University Club, Belfield.

8.00: Dinner at University Club, Belfield.

Sunday 17th May 2020


Optional Tour of Newbridge Silverware, Newbridge, Co. Kildare

(Optional, but highly recommended)

For more information visit: https://visitnewbridgesilverware.com


10.00: Pick up by coach at UCD University Club, Belfield (TBC)/Talbot Hotel

11.15: Newbridge Silverware Factory Tour

12.15: Lunch may be purchased on site at Café Carleton.

1.45: Newbridge Silverware Museum of Style Icons Tour

3.00: Return to Dublin

4.15: Drop off at UCD University Club, Belfield /Talbot Hotel (TBC)


Cost of the Newbridge Silverware Tour is €35 per person and includes:

  • Transportation
  • Factory Tour
  • Museum of Style Icons Tour

Numbers are limited. Places allocated on first come first served basis.

* Must be booked in advance.

Some items in the Museum of Style Icons, Newbridge Silverware.

Lady Diana’s India Dress, Engagement Blouse and ‘Revenge Dress’

Marlyn Munro’s dusty rose coloured chiffon jacket from ‘The Prince and the Showgirl’ (1957)

The Beetles’ wool and mohair suits worn on their promotional tour of ‘A Hard Day’s Night’ (1964


See List of ‘Places of Interest in Dublin’ for Saturday afternoon and/or Sunday visits if not travelling to Newbridge Silverware.


Supporting Information

Price Early Bird – €120 before 5pm, Friday 17th April 2020

Standard Rate (after 17th April) – €135.

Price includes Dinner and Drinks Reception both evenings, teas/coffees.

Optional Tour of Newbridge Silverware

€35 per person, includesTransport, Factory Tour and Museum of Style Icons Tour. Lunch purchased separately on site in Café Carleton.

Payment Details

Irish Federation of University Women

Current Account: 64 27 33 90

Branch: Bank of Ireland University Branch Montrose





Booking Form

Please submit your registration online HERE

Recommended Accommodation

We suggest staying at the Talbot Hotel, Sillorgan. See the reduced rate below.

149 Single occupancy per night / €159 Double occupancy per night.

This rate is available when booked before 31st March 2020 with Reference.

Reference when booking: Meet and Greet 2020

To book Talbot Hotel, Stillorgan, Dublin 4.

Phone: 353 (0) 1 2001800

Email: reservations@talbotstillorgan.com


Additional Suggested Accommodation

Clayton Hotel, Burlington Road – https://www.claytonhotelburlingtonroad.com/

Hampton Hotel, Morehampton Road – https://www.hamptonhotel.ie/dublin-hotels.html

Radisson St.Helen’s Hotel, Stillorgan – https://www.radissonhotels.com/en-us/hotels/radisson-blu-dublin-st-helens

B&B’s in Donnybrook or Stillorgan

*Aircoach 700 from Dublin Airport, Direction Leopardstown/Sandyford

*Aircoach 700 stops outside Talbot Hotel and UCD Stillorgan Rd. Entrance.

Tickets €10 single / €16 Return. Tickets may be purchased online and on the bus.

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.