Good bye Rome Conference 2018!

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Good bye Rome!

We had conference, annual general meeting, enjoyed opera moments, italian food, impressive tours in the eternal city and around.

First day of the Conference, presidents of UWE and FILDIS welcomed almost one hundred university women at the beautiful building of Spazio Europa (European Parliament affiliated venue). Key note speakers, women in STEM professions were giving their speeches sharing the positive steps and highlighting the challenges on this important topic. In the afternoon we all continued with the workshops on solving the issues women are encountering in such professions and  increasing women’s participation in science, technology, engineering and math with additional focus on how to create opportunities and assist systems for women in STEM professions.


GWI President, Mrs. Geeta Desai, provided a video message expressing her concern about STEM fields becoming increasingly male centric, failing to serve half of the global population without female contribution, the overwhelming number of women who are currently unable to take advantage of STEM opportunities because, from an early age, they have been discouraged from studying these male dominated subjects.
Next day at the AGM we enjoyed a very pleasant atmosphere, a new President Anne Negre giving a presentation and update about collective complaint on the pay gap has been elected , thank you Edith Lommerse for all your work and inspiration as UWE President. The delegates voted unanimously that I will stay for another 3 years as SG keeping up the good work the Board has done, thank you all for your trust, it meant a lot to me. Another special presence at this special reunion was Israeli delegates giving a wonderful speech about gender inequality.


In the end we had a presentation and  invitation from GWI announcing the 33rd Triennal and Centenary Celebration in Geneva Switzerland, followed by a prosecco break for 100 years of GWI.

Later on we gathered for gala dinner on a wonderful luxury roof top one Michelin Star Restaurant to share impressions, gifts and say thanks to our host from Fildis: Gabriella Anselmi and Pina Foti.

British Federation Women Graduates were awarded the prize of 2018 UWE Association of the Year for surviving for 111 years and providing hundreds of post graduate research scholarships to women since 1912.

Congratulations  and thank you all for being with us in Rome for another UWE Conference.

More pictures in our google album: UWE Rome Conference 2018 and facebook album: UWE Rome AGM . Feel free to share tag yourself and please let us know about your experience in Rome filling this online Evaluation Form UWE Conference Rome Survey

For the board,

Roxana Elena Petrescu

Secretary General UWE


Overall Programme UWE Conference 21st – 24th June 2018 Rome

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UWE Conference 21st – 24th June 2018 Rome

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

How to reach the Cicerone Hotel from the airports:

From Fiumicino Leonardo da Vinci airport:

1) Train “Leonardo Express” (€ 14,00) every 30 minutes to Central Station Termini and from there by subway line A towards Lepanto stop (5 minutes walk from the hotel).

2) SITBUS Shuttle (€ 6,00) from Terminal 3 to “Via Crescenzio, 2” stop (5 minutes walk from the hotel).

3) Taxi, approximately € 50,00.

From Ciampino airport:

1) SITBUS Shuttle (€ 6,00) or Terravision (€ 5,00), bus toward Central Station Termini and from there by subway line A (€ 1,50) towards Lepanto stop (5 minutes walk from the hotel).

2) Taxi, approximately € 50,00.

BEWARE: all the following information has like starting point the Cicerone Hotel.

Thursday 21st June 2018 – Conference Registration from 5.00 pm onward at Cicerone Hotel, Via Cicerone, 55/c, 00193 Roma RM, +39 (0)6 3576

  • 07.00 pm: Informal welcome and light dinner(snack & drinks) at Beef Bazaar, Via Germanico, 136, 00192 Roma RM, a modern and lively restaurant where modern Roman like to go. We’ll have a ten minutes guided walk from the Cicerone Hotel to the Beef Bazar

Friday 22nd June 2018 – UWE Conference day. European Parliament – Office in Italy “Spazio Europa” Hall, via Quattro Novembre, 149, 00187 Roma RM

  • 08.00 am: Meeting in front of Cicerone Hotel where a courtesy bus with 51 seats from “Gentili Group” will be waiting for participants in order to reach the Conference Hall.

  • If preferred UWE members can arrange by themselves a Taxi to European Parliament – Office in Italy “Spazio Europa” Hall. The cost for a Taxi is about €10,00
  • 09.00 am – 01.15 pm: Introduction of the Conference Theme, keynote speeches

  • 10.45 am – 11.45 am: Coffee break

  • 01.15 pm – 02.15 pm: Lunch in Loco at Spazio Europa
  • 02.15 pm – 05.00 pm: Workshops and Round Table

  • 08.00 pm: Dinner at Il Giubileo, Via di Porta Cavalleggeri, 145, 00165 Roma RM, a classic Roman restaurant, 15 minutes guided walk from the Cicerone Hotel

Saturday 23rd June 2018 – UWE Annual General Meeting. Valdese Temple, Via Marianna Dionigi, 59, 00193 Roma RM, 5 minutes guided walk from Cicerone Hotel

  • 09.00 am – 09.30 am: Registration CERS. *To be able to vote at the AGM either the known CER or a delegate with a proxy from the NFA must present themselves as such at the registration desk on the day of the AGM. Only NFA’s that have paid their due on the 15th of June will be allowed to vote.
  • 09.30 am – 11.00 am: Welcome
    Edith Lommerse President UWE

    Presentation and update Collective Complaint on the Pay Gap
  • 11.00 am -11.20 am: Coffee break
    We will also use this as a moment to get more info on the main subjects and themes of NGAs.

  • 11.20 am – 01.20 pm: Sharing reports NFA’s: please use the UWE ppt draft report as we will have a “inspiration Market”.
    Presentation Candidates President – Anne Nègre from France

  • 01.20 pm -02.20 pm: lunch – voting at Valdese Temple

  • 02.20 pm -04.00 pm: second formal part AGM

1. Adoption agenda

2. Minutes AGM 2017

3. Jans Gremmée award and UWE award

4. Reports

a. Vice Presidents

b. Financial statement 2017, budget and fee 2019 

We propose to keep the same membership fee per capita – 1 eur.

c. Six Year report President Edith Lommerse

5. Memorandum of understanding (draft)

6. Next AGM 2020 – as next year the celebration of 100 years GWI will be celebrated in Geneve

Call for Meet and Greet 2019

7. Result elections

8. Any other business

9. End of meeting Thank you President Edith Lommerse

APPROX 16.30 – intermezzo invitation GWI half hour presentation and sharing ideas 100 years GWI and UWE AGM 2019 -Geneva, Switzerland

Prosecco break for 100 years GWI

  • 08.30 pm: Gala Dinner at Luxury Roof Top one Michelin Star Restaurant, Piazza Barberini, 23, 00187 Roma RM, from Cicerone Hotel to reach the Piazza Barberini you need to take subway line A from Lepanto and after 3 stops get off at Barberini

Sunday 24th June 2018 One day Rome tour (2 options: Colosseum area or Vatican area) TOUR WILL BE ACTIVATED WITH MINIMUM 10 PARTICIPANTS

  • 09.30 am: Meeting at Cicerone Hotel

  • 01.30 pm – 02.00 pm end of the tour

Monday 25th June 2018 Two day Tivoli tour CONFIRMED

  • 09.15 am: Meeting at Cicerone Hotel
  • 10.30 am: Arrival in Tivoli and visit to Villa Adriana

  • 01.00 pm: Lunch at the Grand Hotel Duca D’Este

  • 02.30 pm: Visit to Villa Gregoriana

  • 07.30 pm / 08.00 pm: Dinner at the Grand Hotel Duca D’Este

Tuesday 26th June 2018 Two day Tivoli tour

  • 09.30 am: Visit to Villa D’Este

  • 01.30 pm – 3.00 pm: Lunch

  • 03.00 pm: Way back to Rome

Thoughts from the Board

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UWE Board – AGM Graz 2017
As we are approaching our conference and AGM we would like to share with our members the effort, dedication and commitment that the team on the UWE board have spent to achieve the objectives of the organisation, support members and iron out all the challenges.
During the last six years, Edith has steered the ship to the shore, her experience was shared with the VPs, tresurer and secretary, this will be a very hard act to follow.
Thank you, dear President!
Aisha Alshawaf, Vice president
Pina Foti, Vice president
Annelies Pierrot – Bults, Treasurer
Roxana Elena Petrescu, Secretary General

Don’t miss them the tours at the conference

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photography of lighted bridge
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The conference in Rome is nearing. The organizing committee is still busy with the program of the conference itself. It is almost ready. The programs for the tours on sunday and the two day tour after the conference starting on monday the 25th of June is ready.

There is still some place available on the tours, Let us know at

One day tour – Vatican area
– Piazza Cavour
– Castel Sant’Angelo – Mole Adriana
– St. Peter’s Basilica – Vatican City
– Borgo Pio
– Ponte Sant’Angelo
Light Lunch
40 euro’s including 1.30 pm – 2.00 pm end of the tour. Certified guide.

One day tour – Piazza Venezia
Piazza Venezia
– Vittoriano
-Capitoline Museums
– Campidoglio (Capitoline Hill) – Trajan’s Market
– Colosseum
– Roman Forum
40 euro’s including Light Lunch 1.30 pm – 2.00 pm end of the tour. Certified guide


Two day tour – Tivoli.
1st day – Monday June 25th- 9.30 am: Meeting at Cicerone Hotel

– 10.30 am: Arrive in Tivoli and visit to Villa Adriana
– 1.00 pm: Lunch at the Grand Hotel Duca D’Este
– 2.30 pm: Visit to Villa Gregoriana
– 7.30 pm / 8.00 pm: Dinner at the Grand Hotel Duca D’Este

2nd day – Tuesday June 26th- 9.30 am: Visit to Villa D’Este

– 1.30 pm – 3.00 pm: Lunch
– 3.00 pm: Way back to Rome
240 Euro’s including breakfast, 2X lunch, dinner and night in a luxurious hotel.


Anne Negre – UWE President Candidate

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UWE Board is pleased to inform you that the AFFDU and the members of the bureau support with great pleasure the candidature of Anne Nègre to the post of President of GEFDU / UWE.

Here you can read her biography and motivation letter and the letter of recommendation received from AFFDU together with her acceptance.

Anne is doing a great job for UWE on the European Social Charter and will give a speech about Equal Pay and the collective complaints at our Conference in Rome.  She is the only candidate for the President and will be invited to present herself  to be elected at the Annual General Meeting in Rome.




Gender Pay Gap Costs the Global Economy $160tn, Says World Bank Study

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Equal pay, equal hours and equal participation in the workforce could lead to a global wealth jump of $23,620 a person, as well as creating knock-on benefits such as lower malnutrition and child mortality rates, said the report. Using data from 141 countries, economists analysed the potential skills, education, training and future worth of each person in the workforce, then compared those so-called “lifetime earnings” to generate estimated global losses……..



Direct Link to Full 28-Page 2018 World Bank Report:


Reaction EU on our Collective Complaints For Equal Pay

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englezaThe Collective Complaints Procedure the UWE has started at the COE against Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Finland, France, Greece, Ireland, Italy, the Netherlands, Norway, Portugal, Slovenia and Sweden for Equal Pay is well on its way; We received an 8 page letter from the EU. It started with a summary of our complaints and then goes into the background of the treaties and legalities. Interesting to read but most of all, almost all the governments have answered to our questions. The answers are not all ready in English but can be found on the website of . Well done Anne Nègre.
Complete letter Ares 2739222 University Women of Europe[1]
:  advice HR Commission Netherlands

Summary Complaint The University Women of Europe lodged a complaint against fifteen countries that have accepted that the collective complaint is lodged against them. The collective complaint, consisting of fifteen individual complaints, refers to the following topics: 

1. Lack of appropriate measures to achieve equal pay for equal work 

o absence of gender mainstreaming 

o ineffective employment equality policy 

o ineffective protection against discrimination 

o the measures implemented do not concern small enterprises 

o non-requirement to establish classification systems 

2. Lack of effectiveness of Equality Ombudsman and Labour Inspectorates 

o which (public) authorities are competent to handle complaints? 

o which bodies/persons in companies are responsible to handle complaints? 

3. Lack of evaluation of gender equality actions, including absence of reliable statistical data 

4. Structural deficiencies 

5. Gender biased norms and stereotypes 

6. Lack of assessment of impact of uptake of parental leave on the pay gap 

7. Under-representation of women in decision-making 

8. Non-application of certain legislation to management boards. 

The University Women of Europe finds the same problems invariably in relation to all countries under examination. Only some details differ, for example when it comes to the availability of statistics on gender pay gap for each particular State. Apart from such details, the University Women of Europe identified the problems of the same nature in all 

 Ref. Ares(2018)2739222 – 28/05/2018 2 

the countries against which the complaint is lodged. The University of Europe concludes that the countries in question are in violation of certain articles of the Social Charter and the subsequent related texts1. 

The European Commission has no competence to give an opinion on possible violations of the Council of Europe’s Social Charter. It will therefore limit itself to highlighting the European Union’s legal framework and policy actions of relevance to the matters raised in the complaints. 

at the end of the letter
The equal pay issues may raise complex legal questions, as demonstrated by the rich case law before the ECJ on the notion of “pay”, the concept of ‘equal work’ and ‘work of equal value’13. 

– For more information, see the report “The enforcement of the principle of equal pay for equal work or work of equal value. A legal analysis of the situation in the EU Member States, Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway” written by the European network of legal experts in gender equality and non-discrimination; 

One of the elements important for assessing the complaints in question is to correctly assess the notion of “pay”14. The CJEU, in particular during the 1990s, has interpreted broadly the scope of the notion of ‘pay’. Pay includes not only basic pay, but also, for example, overtime supplements, special bonuses paid by the employer, travel allowances, compensation for attending training courses and training facilities, termination payments in the case of dismissal and occupational pensions. 

Another batch of cases delves into the concepts of ‘equal work’ and ‘work of equal value.15In those cases, the potential comparison of jobs is the central problem and judgments focus on finding an accurate comparator. Questions that have arisen in that perspective concern, for example, the possibility to compare with a similar or even the same job with another employer, with previous employees doing the same job and with employees doing a job of lower value. In addition, the use of statistics is an issue that has come to the surface in a number of CJEU cases. 

It is also important to emphases that the principle of equal pay for men and women for equal work and work of equal value enshrined in the EU legal provisions and the case law of the CJEU interpreting them, does not guarantee the absence of a gender pay gap. This is because the causes of the gender pay gap are multiple, as explained in the previously mentioned EU Gender Pay Gap Action Plan 2017-2019. These causes include of course pay discrimination, but also sectorial and vertical segregation, stereotypes about whether men and women should be on the labour market or at home and inadequate work-life balances policies. 8 

The Commission believes that the information presented in this reply might shed more light on the current situation in the European Union and its Member States as regards different aspects of gender equality and, in particular, pay equality and gender pay gap. The complexity of the issues in question and the numerous elements that, in the end, lead to the gender pay gap can be seen from many different angles, from the sociological to economical and legal. Therefore, it is necessary to take all of these into account.