Call for three interns to join EWL team in Brussels!

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Join the European Women’s Lobby team in Brussels, during the 6 month period March 2019 – August 2019!

European Women’s Lobby is recruiting three paid interns for full time positions focusing on the following particular working areas :

Support to European Political Campaigning

Supporting work on our European Parliament 2019 election campaign and a special focus on combating commercial sexual exploitation, tasks include:

  • Assist and support the EWL’s working groups;
  • Assist and support EWL member-led 50/50 campaign in light of the 2019 European elections;
  • Assist and support the development of major international events, including political advocacy strategy development;
  • Assist and support the EWL’s working groups on ‘Women in Politics’ and ‘SRHR and Sexual Exploitation’;
  • Assist and support in membership engagement in activities;
  • Assistance to the roll out of campaign and lobbying activities.

Gender Budgeting

Assist and support the implementation of the EWL’s Gender Budgeting project, tasks include:

  • Project planning: some experience of Project Cycle Management or equivalent is welcome;
  • Organise a capacity building workshop in the first quarter of 2019 and, building on outcomes, prepare a follow-up workshop to take place in the latter part of 2019;
  • Assist and support the Expert Group;
  • Liaise with EWL team members working directly on the project (research, communications) and indirectly (programme unit, finance/budgets, membership);
  • Assist with the development of information materials and communication tools on the project for internal (EWL members, EWL feminist economics working group, funders) and external stakeholders;
  • Assist in liaising with and reporting to funders.

Membership and Communications


  • Support the Membership and Governance Coordinator with organising the annual European Women’s Forum with EWL Members and the young feminist summer camp;
  • Work with colleagues to improve engagement with EWL Members through internal communications (newsletters, etc) and information management (update database, etc);
  • Assist and support the management of website and social media content (with input of EWL staff and members);
  • Work with the Communications and Media Officer to develop communication actions, supporting EWL advocacy and fundraising objectives;
  • Prepare information and publicity materials (invitations, posters, logos, flyers, gadgets, videos, banners, postcards) for various audiences.

Please read this call for applications before you apply. All information on how to apply, tasks, necessary skills and conditions is here.

Interested candidates are requested to submit  by e-mail to mentioning in the subject line ‘Application for EWL internship 2019 / YOUR NAME’:

  • A CV in Word or PDF (name your file as follow ’Last name-CV’)
  • Filled-in application form in Word or PDF (name your file as follow ’Last name-application form-title of preferred internship’)

Closing date for applications is 16 January at 23:59 CET.


Sad news about Dr. Helen S. Dunsmore of Graduate Women Scotland

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On January 7, 2019,  we’ve learned with sadness,  about the death of a beautiful figure of our movement,  Helen Dunsmore.
Helen has a PhD in Electrochemistry and  she was the first woman President of Glasgow Association of Women Graduates. Her brilliant career dedicated to science has made her very early on sensitive to the few women in this sector.  She became involved in our movement, and her qualities brought her to the presidency of IFUW and she has became one of the first presidents of UWE.
She was a friendly lady specially for the young members and as Terry Oudraad said «  she was a wonderful source of information in her charming Scottish accent for the new Young Member » when she met her.
The professor with whom she worked as a young student was an excellent friend with his wife of my parents, which had created a special bond between us.
On your behalf, we extend our deepest condolences to her family and to our Scottish and English friends.

From the Board,

Dr. Anne Negre
President University Women of Europe
Vicepresident of the Conference of INGOs – Council of Europe

Season’s Greetings

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Dear UWE friends,


Thank you for being with us in 2018,

We wish you a joyful holiday and a successful New Year filled with peace, love, laughter and hope!


For the Board,

Roxana Elena Petrescu

Secretary General


The recommendation of the Council of Europe on the need to strengthen the protection and promotion of civil society space in Europe

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The Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe has adopted a recommendation to member States to take effective measures to protect and promote civil society space.

Civil society organizations are invited to bring this recommendation to the attention of national authorities, ask for its translation into the national language and monitor its implementation by their governments.

Adopted by the Committee of Ministers at the 1330th meeting of the Ministers’ Deputies, on 28 November 2018, the recommendation calls on member states to ensure an enabling legal framework and a conducive political and public environment for civil society organisations, human rights defenders, individuals, groups, and national institutions for the protection and promotion of human rights (NHRIs) to freely carry out activities,  on a legal basis, consistent with international law and standards, to strive for the protection and promotion of all human rights and fundamental freedoms.

Governments of member States are asked to ensure that the principles set out in the Recommendation are complied with in relevant national legislation and practice, to monitor and evaluate the effectiveness of the measures taken and to examine, within the Committee of Ministers, the implementation of this Recommendation in five years’ time.

Member States are also called to ensure a wide dissemination of this Recommendation among competent authorities and stakeholders, including the translation in the National language, where appropiate.




Report UWE President Anne Nègre – Council of Europe’s World Democracy Forum 2018 and Human Rights

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The Council of Europe’s World Democracy Forum held from 19 to 21 November 2018 in Strasbourg on “Gender Equality and Women’s Rights” saw a variety of interventions showing clear progress but also brakes.

On the official website you can find the programs, in and out, the interventions, the podcasts of Labs.

Moderating Lab 7 –  Will closing the gender gap in the economy lead to greater political equality? was a pleasure, in front of the 3 initiatives also sponsored by the Department of Bas-Rhin. The 3 initiatives lead to raising awareness of the world of work on equality issues in three different ways, one created by the State, the second starting from the base and the last of a self-referral of women executives in companies
“Talent naar de top” is presented by the Talent to the Top Foundation Netherlands, offers companies a Talent to the Top Charter, an employers’ code to make a voluntary commitment for an effective and sustainable gender diversity policy.
The second initiative, “Fearless Futures”, from the United Kingdom, answers personal questions including homophobia, racism, to move towards awareness of inequality through training that reinforces a community of lived experiences that focus on fight for equality.
Finally, the third initiative, “Le Cercle Inter’Elles“, a network of networks, started with women in specialized technology and science companies, stating the stumbling blocks of careers, salaries and women in decision-making positions, with an articulation of professional life. and family life. Men think with them, and act within companies.
Moreover, faithful to our voted Resolution on the use of the expression Human Rights instead of Human Rights, I addressed the question in plenary to Marlene Schiappa, Secretary of State to the Prime Minister, in charge Equality between women and men and the fight against discrimination, France, 19 November 2018 in the morning.
In response she said that since March 8, 2018, Jean-Yves Le Drian, Minister of Europe and Foreign Affairs, France, supports the expression human rights in places and places of Human Rights.  For more information, in french:
So we must spread this important news that unblocks the situation since it is the French state that prevented the use of this expression. Nothing else opposes it.


Dr. Anne Nègre
President University Women of Europe
Vice President of the Council of Europe’s Conference of INGOs

Sudden Death of Former UWE President Willemijn Van Der Meer

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IFUW Board 2010-2013 at the 91st Council Meeting represented by (from left to right):Treasurer Catherine Bell , Vice Presidents Willemijn Van Der Meer, Jenny Strauss, Anne Negre, President Marianne Haselgrave and Leigh Bradford Ratteree, the Secretary General


Dear Friends,
We have just learned about the sudden death of our friend  Willemijn van der Meer with great sadness.
For years, she was a figure of young women involved in IFUW, tireless advocate for working with her. Always devoted, she became president of UWE then we were at the same time vice president of IFUW from 2010 to 2013 under the presidency of Marianne Haselgrave.
On behalf of you all, I extend the most sincere condolences to her family.
For the Board,
Anne Nègre
President University Women of Europe

Unequal Pay Day – call for improved gender equality in the workplace

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31 October marks the Equal Pay Day, the day from which women effectively work for free until the end of the year compared to their male counterparts. The gender pay gap currently stands at 16,2% in the European Union, exceeding 20% in countries like Estonia and Czech Republic. This adds to the gender inequalities women face across their life-cycle and affects each one of them differently, depending on their race, ethnicity, migratory status, disability, level of education, location and other social or personal circumstances. 

European Women’s Lobby and University Women of Europe are calling for increased efforts to end the gender pay gap. Even though the principle of equal pay for equal work was enshrined in the 1957 founding Treaty of the EU, European women continue to face discrimination in the job market and to earn less than men.

In addition, because women are paid less, they contribute less to their pensions and this translates into a wide pension gap and higher risk of poverty for older women. Their pension income is negatively influenced both by the gender pay gap and by the time spent out of the labor-market to care for children and other dependent family members, together with women’s over representation in part-time work and in low paid sectors of the economy.

To effectively tackle the gender pay gap, it is necessary to address its multiple and complex root causes, starting from the lack of high quality, accessible and affordable care services. As we have seen, women are penalized throughout their lives for the things they do to keep society functioning, that is care responsibilities. There are a number of important mechanisms already in place or in the pipe-line at the EU-level to lift this weight from women’s shoulders, and the EU Institutions need to demonstrate political will in putting them to use without delay.

One such measure is the so-called “Work-life Balance Directive”, for which the Council agreed its negotiating position (general approach) in June. The Proposal entails the strengthening of parental leave by making the 2 months period non-transferable, the introduction of a carers’ leave and the extension of flexible working arrangement for carers. While the scope of these measures has been sensibly reduced in comparison with the original Commission’s proposal, their adoption would enable women to retain their economic independence while having children and to return swiftly to payed work.

Therefore, we call for a swift adoption of the Proposal for a Directive on Work-Life Balance, followed by enforcement and monitoring. While it is not a magic wand, we believe that this would be a first step towards closing the gender pay gap and ensuring a more equal society for everybody.

Read the statement by the European Commission
Find here the action by PES Women for Unequal Pay Day

For More Information

The gender pay gap in the EU

Work Life Balance Eurobarometer

Work Life Balance proposal

EIGE’s gender equality factsheets based on the results of EIGE’s Gender Equality Index 2017.