Meet & Greet – BFWG/IFUWA/UWE -19 June 2021

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The President and members of the British Federation of Women Graduates (BFWG – The British Federation of Women Graduates) have invited the President of Graduate Women International, Terry Oudraad, and members of University Women of Europe to join the members of the Indian Federation of University Women’s Association to stand in solidarity with India and other countries suffering from this humanitarian crisis, COVID-19. 

19th June 2021 when women across the world will join together to show their support for the people of India and countries still in the grip of the virus, BFWG President Jasmit Phull will welcome all the members and this will be followed by a candle lighting ceremony to pay tribute to all lives lost due to COVID-19. Terry Oudraad, the Graduate Women International President, will address our members followed by IFUWA President Ranjana Banerjee and UWE President Dr. Anne Negre. Our speaker will share her recent true-life story, when she travelled from UK to India to look after her mother, who had COVID-19. Members will get a chance to share their own stories and thoughts. A moving global event shared through friendship and unity by the women graduates. The event will end with Peace Music. 

Meet & Greet on Saturday 19 June 2021 at 3.30pm for BFWG members

4.30 pm CEST for UWE members and 8 pm for IFUWA members

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Meeting ID: 825 6968 9019  Passcode: 065039

BFWG invites GWI President Terry Oudraad and members from UWE & IFUWA to join in solidarity with India

and other countries going through the humanitarian crisis due to Covid

An event not to be missed!

Sarah Claydon (BFWG Administrator) will help with the Zoom,

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TCAUW action for Domestic Violence Law

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Turkish Cypriot Association of University Women (TCAUW) informed the Board of University Women of Europe about some of their recent activities.

Two of the most significant events are inter-related as follows:

Firstly, TCAUW organised and hosted a zoom conference on ‘Women and Laws’, approximately 60 women from Cyprus and other countries attended. The conference was held in Turkish and the invited speakers were 3 activists and lawyers from Cyprus and Turkey.

Secondly, they have written a statement on ‘Domestic Violence Law in TRNC (Turkish Cyprus)’ addressing each one of the 50 Members of the Parliament and with the support of  23 associations and organisations. A group of women representing their respective organisations went to the Parliament Building on May 3rd to read the letter in the presence of local media.

In the letter it was stated:

“….As the signatory associations and organizations below, and within the framework of your duty to represent all segments of our society;

we are hereby asking you to pass  the Domestic Violence Law in line with international  and the EU laws in order to prevent violence against women and children in our country…

In addition, necessary legal arrangements should be made in cooperation with non-governmental organizations (NGO’s) for a more effective operation of the Women’s Unit….”

Well done, brave ladies, we at University Women of Europe are proud of your action!

The 3rd annual scholarship award of IAUW-Tel Aviv

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The Israeli Association of University Women (IAUW) under President Adv. Yemima Peretz Gabay holds a women scholarship award event twice a year: in Jerusalem for students studying for their doctorate and in Tel Aviv area for girls studying for their first degree.

The branch association in Tel Aviv chaired by Adv. Shiri Malka has managed to have members, volunteers ready in different ways to help women, including girls who had been removed from their homes by court order. These girls remain in the institutions until age of 18 .

This year, Vice President and CER Ora Sharon informed us that 19 girls received scholarships in total of NIS 6,000. President Dr Anne Negre sent a video greeting message from University Women of Europe. Greetings were extended by Deputy Mayor of Hod Hasharon and School directors.

Chair of the evening, Shiri Malka congratulated the scholarship recipients, she praised the volunteers for their untiring effort “it is easy to talk about helping these girls but our volunteers give all their heart and the work becomes integral part of their lives and they feel it is a privilege. Our aim is to give these young women the message that we are here for them to help and guide them whenever they need us. Hopefully we will increase the circle of volunteers.”

Women & MBA Online Event

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In June 2021, talented women from around the world, of all walks of life and with different academic backgrounds, will join speakers from Top ranked US, Canadian and European business schools in a career and personal development event.

Join the next Access Online Women & MBA event on Thursday, 10 June 2021 & Saturday, 12 June and:
– Attend interesting webinars and workshop sessions for women empowerment through MBA
– Gain useful insights of how to grow professionally in your studies or career
– Get “Know-how” from successful women in business

Meet personally with female representatives from world’s leading business schools, committed to promote women in leadership such as HEC Paris, UC Berkeley, UBC-Sauder School of Business, WU Executive Academy, ESCP Business School, Warwick, IESE Business School, MIP Politecnico di Milano and many others.

Find out more about the schedule and choose your suitable date here.

Access MBA is a project of Advent Group, an independent media agency established in 2004 and specialised in Higher Education. The company is comprised of over 100 experts from 10+ nationalities that provide personalised services for international business schools and prospective students. A unique matching service aims to connect 50,000 qualified candidates with over 200 top business schools through the organization of over 125 international events per year.

EWL’s 2021 General Assembly

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European Women’s Lobby GA

After a year that has affected the lives of all of us, European Women’s Lobby GA is a chance for the members and staff to discuss the disproportionate effect of the Covid-19 pandemic on women and girls. With hopes of this being the last virtual General Assembly, EWL members will reflect on the work achieved in the challenging months behind and discuss ways forward in the midst of a backlash against women’s rights to see how we can mobilise together in the next year to have the greatest impact in advancing women’s and girls’ rights as part of our vision for a Feminist Europe.

We would like to send our best wishes to EWL members as they embark on this important meeting this weekend. This particular GA will be especially relevant, as our Treasurer Annelies Pierrot has finished her period of office as EWL Treasurer and executive board member, her almost 7 years work is much appreciated.

A new Board will be elected and it will coincide with the election of a new President. We wish all the happiness and success to the departing president Gwendoline Lefebvre.

Our Vice President Aisha Alshawaf will be standing for election as representative of UWE on the board of EWL. We support her and wish her all the best .

Online Meet and Greet Programme

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We are pleased to invite you to our first online UWE Meet and Greet “Celebrating European Women” hosted by the Irish Federation of University Women (IrFUW) on Saturday 15th May 2021, 10:30 am -1.00 pm* (BST)/( +1 CEST)

10.30am – 10.40am WELCOME / FÁILTE Frances Patton, President IrFUW

Dr. Anne Nègre UWE / NFA Greetings

10.40am – 11.15am Dr. Angela Vaupel, Women in European Film

Introduced by Leighanne Montgomery, QWG Belfast, CER

Followed by Questions and Discussion

11.15am – 11.50am Dr. Síghle Bhreathnach-Lynch, The Oratory, Dun Laoghaire

Introduced by Dr. Máire O’Connell, Vice- President IrFUW.

Followed by Questions and Discussions

11.50am – 12.05pm Veronica Campbell, TWG Dublin and Felix Campbell.

A Taste of Ireland: Irish Brown Soda Bread and Irish Coffee.

Introduced by Martina Mulrine TWG Dublin

12.05pm – 12.30pm Lunchtime Entertainment

A Medley of Irish Songs sung by Colette Grant UCD WGA

Some Irish Tunes played on the flute by Sophie O’Neill RIAM

Introduced by Margaret Watchorn, former President UCD WGA

12.30pm Finland UWE AGM update and invited UWE Young Members Reports

1.00 pm Zoom Meeting concludes.

Registration Details
This is a free event. To attend please register here via Eventbrite . Following registration, you will receive the Zoom link to the event within the Confirmation email. You will also receive an event reminder with the zoom link 24 hours before the event.

‘Meet and Greet’ Speakers.

Dr Angela Vaupel is a Senior Lecturer in International Studies in St. Mary’s University, Belfast.

Her main areas of expertise include the teaching of European Culture, Literary History and film as well as the study of conflict and minority experiences in Europe. Her research interests are interdisciplinary and focus on multilingualism, the promotion of transcultural competencies and the representation of minorities in European film.

Dr. Shíghle Bhreathnach-Lynch is an Irish Art Historian. She is a Lecturer, writer and former Curator of Irish Art at the National Gallery of Art, Merrion Square, Dublin. She originally studied languages at UCD and returned to study Art History as a mature student. She completed a PhD and became a Lecturer in UCD as well as a regular guide and speaker at NGI. In 1998 she was appointed as the first Curator dedicated exclusively to the Irish Collection in the Gallery. Dr. Bhreathnach-Lynch has written extensively on Irish Art. Among her writings are:

  • ‘50 Works of Irish Art you need to know’ (2015).
  • ‘Art, Nation and Gender: ethnic landscapes, myths and mother-figures’ (2018).
  • Landscape, Space and Gender: Their Role in the Construction of the Female Identity in Newly – Independent Ireland (1997).

Click here to see the recipes for Lunchtime open sandwich suggestions, Multi-seed Brown Soda Bread, Irish Coffee – Please prepare in advance if you wish to join in! .

Relax and enjoy.


Save the Date: online Meet and Greet 15th May 2021

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We are pleased to invite you to our first online UWE Meet and Greet “Celebrating European Women” hosted by the Irish Federation of University Women (IrFUW) on Saturday 15th May 2021, 10:30 am -1.00 pm*(BST/+1CEST).

We may not travel to Ireland which is why we are bringing Ireland to you. After we will will be introduced to Women in European Film, we will take a virtual tour to the Oratory of the Sacred Heart, Dun Laoghaire, a taste of Ireland will be told through the Irish coffee, Irish Brown Soda Bread and a medley of Irish songs. There will be enough time left for questions and discussion between us.

We are looking forward to meeting you. Speakers and a detailed programme will be announced very soon, including information about the registration.

We hope that a large number of you will be able to join us on zoom. The Event is open to all members of the University Women of Europe and their friends.

Online Survey Gender Scan 2021

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Katalin Kariko, Laurence Devillers,
Esperanza Martinez Romero, Ritu Karidhal,
Catherine Ngila.

Have you heard of them: Katalin Kariko, Laurence Devillers, Esperanza Martinez Romero, Ritu Kharidal, or Catherine Ngila ? No ? And yet these women from 5 continents have initiated some of todays’ key innovations. Katalyn Kariko has invented the ARN technology now used in COVID-19 vaccines. Laurence Devillers is a pioneer of Ethical IA, a major issue to protect civil rights, freedom and democracy on our digital age. Esperanza Martinez Romeo had developed bacteria that improve agriculture productivity while preserving the environment. Thanks to Ritu Kharidal India is the 4th country in the world to have reached Mars. And Catherine Ngila leverages the power of nanotechnologies to detect pollution in water, and enable a sustainable management of water resources.

In fact the list of unknown women is incredibly long. Nonetheless there are are! In front lines! Each of her contributes to a fight that is vital today to all of us!

Yet the obstacles women face to make it in STEM are countless. As soon as they enter schools, they have to face stereotypes according to which girls are not as good as boys in math, a nonsense as now clearly demonstrated by scientific research! As a result less women enter scientific and technical studies, where they only represent 34% of all STEM graduates in the world. This situation worsens on the job market in part due to sexism, where the proportion of women drops to 28% among scientists and engineers. For the past 5 years, in partnership with an increasing number of organizations Gender Scan highlights issues, as well as first accomplishments on this topic ! (Gender Scan, reference survey on women in STEM disciplines, see Women in STEM disciplines, Springer, 2017. Following implementation of gender balanced policies 20% improvement of women satisfaction on work organization and career management in tech groups, Gender Scan 2019)

It is now more urgent than ever to leverage the competences and skills of half of the world population which are needed to address the increasingly difficult challenges we face collectively.

Gender Scan  with a collective of hundreds of organizations around the world and ECLS in France to suggest the implementation of a simple action: publication by each country of an official rankings of STEM tertiary studies by proportion of graduated women. To count and to measure is essential, scientific know that. Public and private decision makers know that too. Implementing this action would enable to measure the ability of STEM studies to attract educate and retain women now needed by public research and the private sector. It would accelerate the implementation of actions to address this issue.

As partner of Gender Scan, University Women of Europe offers each individual to make the difference by simply taking a few minutes to complete online survey Gender Scan 2021. Constructed and developed with experts, researchers, and associations from all countries the online survey provides teenagers, students, entrepreneurs, independents and employees with a chance to get heard. The goal ? Enable the emergence of new Katalin Kariko, at long last recognized and well-known for who they are : human beings who change the world, and strengthen our chances to invent a Post Covid economic recovery. Successful because gender balanced !

Call for Candidates UWE Board

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The UWE Board is pleased to invite applications from candidates interested in the position of Vice President of the UWE.

Starting September 10, 2021, the Board has two vacancies for Vice President.

The ideal UWE-Vice President should have collected some experience in working within her national federation/association (NFA) or a similar organization. She is familiar with the European Situation on Gender equality and is interested in the lobby for equal opportunities in all aspects of society for women and men.

She enjoys travelling and is keen to work in a European team. Preferably she does not have an official function within her own NFA to avoid conflict of interest.

Applications by the NFA in a letter of recommendation should be accompanied by a CV, photograph and a motivational letter stating the candidate will accept the Vice Presidency should the AGM elect the candidate.

The candidate is also required to present herself during 5 minutes at the UWE AGM &Conference in Helsinki, FINLAND 10-12 September 2021.

Applications should be made to  to arrive ten days before the AGM, i.e., by 1st of September 2021 at the latest.

The board meet twice a year, at the AGM and mid-term. We convene via zoom and work together via the internet. We are looking for Vice Presidents interested in seeking contacts with other international NFA’s to work on proposals and actions. We have no office and no secretariat except for the Secretary General responsible mostly for PR.


  • Fluent in English (both written and orally) and preferably French
  • digitally able: e.g., Skype, Zoom; WordPress, Facebook, etc.

–  Collective governance adept

–  Knowledge of the EU and Council of Europe


The duties of the UWE vice-president will be divided in the board and can be:

  • Preparing projects
  • Networking
  • Representing the UWE
  • Supporting the president by visiting other NFA’s time to time for special celebrations etc.
  • Contributing to the UWE strategic and working plan
  • Writing the annual report
  • Sending news and articles for the website

Note: The UWE gives a small remuneration which covers the travel costs in part. In practice a Vice President of UWE spends approximately 1500 Euro per year additionally.

GWI and all her members urge the Government of the Republic of Turkey to reconsider its withdrawal.

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With regret and intolerance GWI notes Turkey’s withdrawal from the Council of Europe Convention on the Prevention and Combatting Violence Against Women and Domestic Violence (the “Istanbul Convention”).

GWI reiterates the concerns expressed by the United Nations in Turkey, UN Women and numerous civil society organisations. GWI’s international network of graduate women, jointly express concern for all Turkish women, and stand in special solidarity with our Turkish sisters of Türk Universiteli Kadinlar Dernegi, (Turkish Association of University Women).

This action comes at a time when concerted international action and commitment to end violence against women and girls is critical as violence against women and girls, especially in the home, has increased considerably due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

At the Commission on the Status of Women 65, currently meeting virtually, many (women) organisations are reporting on the increased violence against women and girls and are urging states and institutions to take bolder and game-changing actions
that continue to move civil society forward, to ensure that women and girls live free from violence, in line with the principle of gender equality and the commitment to “leave no one behind” of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

GWI and all her members urge the Government of the Republic of Turkey to reconsider its withdrawal from the Istanbul Convention, which builds on the standards enshrined in the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women as well as its general recommendations. We urge the continued protection of human right of all women and girls to live free from violence.

Here you can read the full Statement by Graduate Women International (GWI) on Turkey’s withdrawal
from the Istanbul Convention