8 March 2022 Jubilee Webinar: 100 Years of Finnish Graduate Women’s Worldwide Advocacy Work

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Finnish Federation of Graduate Women was founded a century ago, in spring 1922. It is now our great pleasure to invite our sisters across the Europe to celebrate our international co-operation to the FFGW’s jubilee webinar on International Women’s Day, 8 March 2022 at 16.00 – 18.00 CET (+1 hr in Finland and Romania).

The online event is open to anyone interested in our international work but we do kindly request all the participants to register beforehand at https://forms.gle/BhA8uKNmpACkJZKC9. The registration closes 1.3.2022.

Tuesday, 8 March 2022 at 16.00 – 1800 CET
@ Zoom

16.00–16.05 Welcome: Pauliina Inervo, Co-Coordinator of
International Relations at the FFGW

16.05–16.10 FFGW’s international work and its history: Kirsi
, President of the FFGW

FFGW’s Advocacy Work at the UN

16.10 – 16.20 International Helvi Sipilä Seminar at the CSW since
2005: Pauliina Inervo, Co-Coordinator of International Relations at the

16.20 – 16.35 Finnish network for UNSCR1325: Women, Peace and
Security: Jaana Hirsikangas, Director for UN Women Finland

16.35 – 16.50 Introducing Graduate Women International: Terry Oudraad, President of GWI

16.50–17.00 Break

FFGW’s Advocacy Work in Europe

17.00 – 17.15 Pay Equality Now: Complaint to the Council of Europe: Anne Negre, President of University Women of Europe

17.15 – 17.30 End Violence against Women: Istanbul Convention Treaty and Ratification in Europe: Sirpa Pietikäinen, Finnish Member of European Parliament

17.30 – 17.45 Erasmus+ project 2019 – 2022: Spreading Good Gender
Equality Practices: Marco Ciminiera, Project Coordinator of NET-POWER – Network for Promotion of Women Empowerment Recognition

17.45–17.55 Information about the forthcoming international events
• UWE Meet and Greet 2022 hosted by the Israel association
• UWE Conference and AGM 2022 hosted by the Turkish Cypriot association
• Baltic Sea Conference 2022 hosted by the Swedish association

17.55–18.00 Conclusion
Pauliina Inervo, Co-Coordinator of International Relations at the FFGW

Invitation to zoom talk by BWFG – Canterbury

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Canterbury & District Association of Women Graduates

The local branch of The British Federation of Women Graduates

is organizing a Zoom talk:


19.30 GMT (20.30 CET) on Thursday 17 February 2022

when Francesca Vitelli the President of ‘EnterprisinGirls an Italian organisation (a new member of UWE) will be the invited Speaker

Francesca studied Political Science and has twenty years experience of dealing with labour and gender culture. Francesca will talk about:

  • EnterprisinGirls mission to create opportunities and synergies for personal and professional growth
  • A new online/off line model which has become recognised as best practice by two different European entities
  • How EnterprisinGirls meets the specific needs of micro enterprises, small professional studios, artisans and artists
  • How EnterprisinGirls meets the needs of women of all ages, from all sectors and with different experiences.

All our UWE members are invited to join this meeting.


Meeting ID: 867 7476 1066
Passcode: 405059

2022 marks 100 years of the Italian Federation of Women Graduates (FILDIS)

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This year the Italian Federation of Women Graduates (Federazione Italiana Laureate e Diplomate Instituti superiori), member of University Women of Europe (UWE) is celebrating 100 years.

FILDIS was established in Rome in 1922 under the presidency of the philosopher Isabella Grassi who firmly believed that personal commitment, including international ones within associations, “raised women culturally, socially and spiritually“; it is present on the national territory with 12 local FILDIS sections; the activity was suspended from 1935 to 1944 due to disagreements with the fascist government, it was reactivated in 1945 under the guidance of Prof. Libera Trevisani Levi Civita.

FILDIS was awarded a special medal by the President of the Italian Republic Giorgio Napolitano for its 90th anniversary; It is part of the Lazio Regional Women’s Council, the Network for Equality, the CNDI Regional Coordination, the Joint Action for Equal Democracy, collaborates with other women’s associations that also operate at national and international level and with the “Female Toponymy” group, included in the Permanent Workshop: THE HISTORICAL CITY FROM A GENDER POINT OF VIEW.

Starting from December 7, 2019, the legal seat is in Syracuse. To celebrate the centenary, the members have decided to remember the past years with events in which they will trace the path of FILDIS from 1922 to today. The first meeting has been held online this Saturday 5th February. Professor of History of Political Doctrine, Fiorenza Taricone, past National President, honorary member and the author of the book ‘A mosaic tile’ dedicated to the history of the Italian Federation reminded the past moments of FILDIS from 1922 to 1992, tracing its profile since the early years of its establishment.

Together with other members, she begun to write a second volume that talks about their commitment during the last 20 years, until today. “The Statute is an example of mature and participatory democracy. Our attention is also turned to women who come from other countries and to the needs of their children, their families, to the need for a fruitful school-family collaboration. This is why we are available to listen, to take care of situations at risk and we are committed to teaching foreign mothers the Italian language that we consider a vehicle of affection in our country which should put in place a real form of welcome”.

In the archives of International Federation of University Women (IFUW) in Amsterdam, FILDIS was present at the 1st AGM in London and signed the documents when UWE was founded in 1981. Congratulations on this milestone celebration!

SCGES Webinar: Gender Equality in Mathematics

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We celebrate the International Day of Education today, sharing with you the latest news from Standing Committee for Gender Equality in Science (SCGES),  established in September 2020.

A new Webinar Series will be launched this year. A motivation for this event is the possibility of taking advantage of the global and interdisciplinary structure of the Committee. The aim of the Webinar Series is to create exchanges and interactions related to issues around the Gender Equality in Science among various scientific communities.

Six to nine sessions of the SCGES webinar series will be organized in 2022, with SCGES partners taking turns in organizing them.

The first session will take place on Wednesday February 16th, 2022, at 4 pm to 6 pm CET. It is organized by the International Mathematical Union (IMU) and the International Council for Industrial and Applied Mathematics (ICIAM), two founding unions of SCGES, on the topic of Gender Equality in Mathematics. Speaker Colette Guillopé will present the results of the Gender Gap in Science project on mathematics and applied mathematics. Speakers Linda Rothschild, Cathy Kessel, and Kathryn Leonard will talk about the 50 years of activities of the Association for Women in Mathematics (AWM) and its efforts and success to reduce the gender gap.

The Webinar will be held online. Attendants are expected to register to get the details to attend the event.

Here is the page for the event on February 16th, 2022 and the registration form:


The second session organized by GenderInSite will present the report “Gender Equality in Science: Inclusion and Participation of Women in Global Science Organizations, Results of two global surveys”.

REGISTRATION OPEN: The Istanbul Convention foundation and defense of women’s rights

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La CLEF (French Coordination for the European Women’s Lobby) is organising the online conference «The Istanbul Convention: foundation and defense of women’s rights » on Tuesday, the 1st of February 2022, 6-8 pm CET (UTC +1).

This event is organised within The French Presidency of the Council of the European Union (FPEU) * in partnership with The University Women of Europe (UWE).

* This event is not organised by the French Government. However, the French Government has authorized the use of the emblem of the French Presidency of the Council of the European Union.

The conference will take place within the monthly conferences “CLEF Tuesdays”.  It will be a webinar on zoom, open to up to 500 participants with free and compulsory registration. An English translation will be available to non-French speakers.
It will take place in two parts of 45 minutes each, the first presenting the Istanbul Convention (the Council of Europe Convention on Preventing and Combating Violence against Women and Domestic Violence) and the second focusing on the role of the EUFP in developing the scope of this fundamental international treaty for the rights of all women.


The conference will be moderated by Dr Anne Bergheim-Nègre, President of UWE and Past Vice-President of the Conference of INGOs of the Council of Europe in charge of Gender Equality.


Jocelyne-Adriant-Mebtoul, President of La CLEF, Founding President of Femmes du Monde et Réciproquement and expert at the International and European Affairs Commission of the High Council for Gender Equality.

First part : The so-called Istanbul Convention of Council of Europe Convention on preventing and combatting violence against women and domestic violence

Claudia Lam, Director of Dunka Mijatović’s cabinet, The Council of Europe Commissioner for Human Rights
Johanna Nelles, Executive Secretary of the Monitoring Mechanism of the Istanbul Convention (GREVIO) [to be confirmed]

Dilek Elveren, Gender Equality Expert, former Gender Officer of the Organisation Internationale de la Francophonie (OIF)
Neil Datta, General Secretary of the European Parliamentary Forum for Sexual and Reproductive Rights

Second part : The role that the FPEU (French Presidency of the European Union) can and must play to consolidate the scope of this essential international treaty for women’s rights

Marie Fontanel, President of the Committee of the Parties to the Istanbul Convention – Delphine O, Ambassador, General Secretary of the Generation Equality Forum 2021 in charge of its follow-up
Claire Fourçans, Policy and Campaign Director, European Women’s Lobby (EWL)


Nicole Ameline, Former Minister for Parity and Professional Equality (2002-2005), former Chair and Vice-Chair (2013-2020) of the Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW).

Call for Papers -Young Economist Prize ECB 2022

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Every year the European Central Bank (ECB) invites PhD students to participate in its Young Economist Prize. Finalists are invited to the ECB Forum on Central Banking, where they are given the unique opportunity to present their research and engage with policymakers and top academics from around the world.
The theme of the 2022 ECB Forum on Central Banking is “Challenges for the post-pandemic economy”. Accordingly, PhD students are invited to submit papers on this theme, including the following topics:
i. the short and long-term consequences of the pandemic on the labour market and modes of work, including on human capital accumulation and productivity;
ii. energy markets in the post-pandemic economy, especially the effects of energy price volatility on inflation and inflation expectations;

iii. globalisation, value chains, production networks and international trade in the post- pandemic economy, in particular the impact of supply bottlenecks on structural and stabilisation policies;
iv. commercial and residential real estate markets in the post-pandemic economy, in particular boom-bust cycles and the implications of cross-country heterogeneity in real estate markets for prudential and macroeconomic stabilisation policies;
v. the role of inflation expectations in monetary policy decisions;
vi. central bank digital currencies and crypto-assets, and their implications for the conduct of monetary policy.

Selected applicants (female applications are particularly welcome) will have the chance to present their research to top policymakers and academics at the ECB Forum on Central Banking in Sintra (Portugal) from 27 June to 29 June 2022 and to win €10,000.

Photo: Award ceremony – Young economists’ competition ECB June 19, 2019

Papers on other topics relevant to euro area central banking (including monetary policy, new means of payment and payments infrastructures, the deepening of Economic and Monetary Union, the functioning of the euro area economy and financial system, financial stability, and banking regulation and supervision) will also be considered.

Click on the link for more details of the call for papers.

Click here to see the Current traineeship vacancies for recent graduates in selected areas of the ECB.

Season’s Greetings from the UWE Board

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Year after year, we look forward to this special time of the year, when all the hustle and bustle of our everyday lives fade away, and we devote ourselves, at least for a short time, to the really essential things in life.

Merry Christmas for those who are celebrating and a Happy New Year! Hope to see you in 2022, together we are strong!

Clck here to watch the short video message from our President Anne Bergheim -Nègre: Season’s Greetings from the Board

There are many positive, but also negative feelings from this year. It is important that we have learned from all and we are looking forward into the next year. Our year 2021 can be characterised as a year of:


We had to change our style of work when we are not able to travel and meet. Online communication became the most important aspect of our daily work.


We like challenge, it gives us the opportunity to learn. During the year we have faced many of them, online conference and meet & greet events, electronic voting at our Annual General Meeting.


Some new projects, webinars and new ideas aroused, which we would like to introduce in the future.


We welcomed new members, two organizations from France and Italy joined UWE.

L’Escalade tradition on the annual dinner of the AGFDU

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This year, the traditional annual dinner of the Association of University Women of Geneva (AGFDU) took place on 26th of November in the heart of the city Geneva. The President, Monica Chirita Lemenager, members, and few men accompanying their partners were present. The Guest of honour was the CER (Coordinator of European Relations) who represents her NFA at the University Women of Europe (UWE).

As every year, this evening was, in anticipation, dedicated to the most popular Festival in Geneva called “l’Escalade”, which celebrates the proud defence of Genevans from the attack of Duke of Savoy’s army in 1602, a strong cultural identity element of deep origin and a cohesive factor of the Republic and the Canton of Geneva. The Duke’s idea was to let his best soldiers secretly climb (“scale”) over the Geneva’s fortification walls to get hold of the city gate from inside, open it and let the troops in. This is where the word escalade comes from – French “escalade” translates as English “scale”, or “climb”.

There is a legend which tells a story of a woman called Catherine Cheynel. It says that while cooking a soup, she was lucky enough to have noticed the attackers approaching from below and poured a large cauldron of hot soup on them while they were climbing on the walls. The noise awakened the entire city and its militia successfuly defended Geneva from the Duke of Savoy’s army.

As a reminiscence of this moment, a special chocolate pot stuffed with marzipan candies is being ceremonially consumed every year as the hallmark of the Escalade celebrations. AGFDU keeps the tradition going on with this ritual. The President invited one of the eldest member, Muriel Joye, to officiate the ceremony of the resistance of Geneva: a large pot of dark chocolate filled with marzipan candies (la marmite) was placed in the middle of the table. After the speech and the rallying song sung by the Dean and the members, a strong punch hit the whole thing and it broke into a thousand pieces, to the joy of all! This ritual is thus transmitted to the new generation for its perpetuation.

In the beginning of the programme there was a new book presentation by AGFDU member Michèle Makki: “Pompei-Le Sang et la Cendre”, published by Editions Baudelaire. Christine Botchi Morel was invited to explain her role as CER in order to promote understanding of this function among members who have just joined the Association. The aim was to help them to understand also the difference between the acronyms CER and CIR (Coordinator of International Relations) at Graduate Woman international (GWI), the worldwide organisation.

It was really a pleasant evening which led to numerous exchanges about literature, biology, chemistry and other scholarly disciplines.

Thank you Christine Botchi Morel – CER ASFDU for sharing your traditions and keeping us updated about AGFDU and the history of Geneva.

AFFDU-UWE Award 2021 at the Women’s book Fair Paris

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On November, 27, AFFDU, the French Association of Women Graduates celebrated its centenary at the Women’s book Fair “Essay Authors’ Fair”, at the town hall of the 6th arrondissement of Paris.

In spite of the restrictions linked to the COVID, limiting the number of authors, we had quality books, known authors too, and unknown ones like me with my book just printed “L’Histoire des Inégalités entre les Femmes et les Hommes”. Luckily I sold all the books present, and the Librairie des Femmes partners were satisfied with the  global sales” Anne Nègre, President UWE.

At this edition, many women authors of essays published during the year were welcomed, the Mayor wishes that this event created 26 years ago, every two years, becomes annual.

This year the event was focused on the AFFDU-UWE Award “Women’s Biographies by Women”. Anna Cabanel, the winner of the 1st edition, received the prize in the presence of the Mayor, Anne Nègre President of UWE, the First Secretary of the Hungarian Embassy and her editor Eric Peyrard of the Ampelos Publishing House. The book “Sur le glaciers en fleur” written by Anna is a biography of a Hungarian scientist, Erzsébet Kol (1897-1980), botanist and explorer. “It was during the search of the American archives Association of University Women (AAUW) in 2015 that I discovered, among the files of scholarship holders of the International Federation of University Women (in French the International Federation of Women Graduates of universities), the journey of a Hungarian botanist: Erzsébet Kol. His unusual subject of study – the snow and ice algae -, his epic scientist across North America in the middle of the 1930s and his university career outside common for a Hungarian woman at that time caught my attention.”

Anne Nègre recalled the genesis of the contest, the renewed support of the Secretary General of the Council of Europe and officially announced that UWE together with AFFDU are launching the second edition of the contest.  The aim will be to make visible all these invisible people who have worked throughout history for scientific, legislative, sports, etc.

The prize is awarded in November next year 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 2022.

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

More information here: Prix AFFDU-UWE des Biographies de Femmes

A call for an EU horizontal Directive to combat all forms of violence against women and girls

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Today the International Day to End Violence against Women we kick off the #16DaysofActivism!

Male violence against women and girls (VAWG) is as an international long-term pandemic and has been recognised a fundamental human rights violation whose impacts know no borders. It happens across Europe, affecting over 250 million women and girls, and yet due to a lack of European harmonisation of legislation, the remedies and prevention methods taken by governments are haphazard and a lottery for the women and girls experiencing violence.

Violence against women and girls threatens the security of half of the population in the EU; 1 in 3 of women in Europe are affected by physical and/or sexual violence and 1 in 2 women in the EU have experienced sexual harassment since the age of 15. Furthermore, according to the European Institute for Gender Equality (EIGE), the economic cost for violence against women and girls is estimated to €289 Billion a year – prevention not only saves money, but it saves the lives of women and girls.

Both in the current context of the increase of male violence against women and girls in the Covid-19 crisis and also looking towards the future, we need concerted action and harmonisation at the EU level to ensure all women and girls are treated equally and violence is adequately prevented. EU legal action is needed to ensure equal rights between women and men in all EU member states during times of crisis, at least as much as in times of stability. The development of new types or new ways of perpetrating violence, especially in the digital sphere, has also significantly increased.

The European Women’s Lobby (EWL) calls on the European Commission to urgently move ahead with its commitments, laid out in the Gender Equality Strategy 2020-2025 and in the 2021 State of the Union address by President Von Der Leyen, by adopting a comprehensive legislative framework, grounded in a horizontal Directive that holistically prevents, combats and eliminates all forms of male violence against women and girls, including sexual exploitation and online violence.

Ahead of the release of the European Commission’s proposal on 8 December 2021, the European Women’s Lobby has summarised its views and recommendations in a Paper calling on the European Commission to propose ambitious EU legal actions to fight violence against women and girls. This paper is based on a research project conducted by legal academic experts to evaluate the potential scope and legal basis for the Directive and is the result of consultation with our membership throughout the EU.

EWL’s key recommendations for the Directive include the adoption and enhancement of the gold standards of the Council of Europe’s Istanbul Convention – to date the most comprehensive international treaty on the topic. The Directive must address all forms of violence against women and girls, including work-related, public sphere online or offline, as well as to explicitly address sexual exploitation, and violence against women subject to intersecting forms of discrimination. EWL also underlines the need to ensure the harmonisation of existing EU legislative instruments relative to forms of violence against women and girls.

The paper takes the evolving environment into account and explores adding VAWG to the list of Eurocrimes, as well as other possible legal bases to prevent and combat some forms, if not all, of violence against women and girls.

This is a key moment in the long history of our movement’s fight against male VAWG, and it is crucial that all EU Institutions and Member States step up and play their part: together, we can disrupt the continuum of violence and create an EU where all women and girls live free from violence and the fear of it.

Read the full paper here!