Call for Candidates UWE Board

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

Starting 25 September the board has two vacancies.

  1. President : the current President Anne Negre has served one term and she has the right to stand for another one
  2. Secretary General: Roxana Elena Petrescu will finish his last term, after serving two consecutive terms

The ideal candidate for UWE President should have evident affinity with the aims of UWE and GWI (Graduated Women International), has an antenna for trends in the field of UWE ‘s aims, a contemporary manager who has 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 lobby for equal opportunities in all aspects of society for women and men. She welcomes new ideas and has the capacity to asses them, enjoys traveling1 and is keen to work in an European team. Click here to see the Call for President.

The ideal candidate for Secretary General should have experience in working within a women’s organisation and office administration, very good digital skills, high level of competence in teamwork, networking and in expressing herself orally and in writing (eloquence in speech and writing in English) and should be prepared to count on a time investment of the 40 to 60 hours a month. She shows honesty in dealing with Board Members and members of UWE and has the ability to respond to new ideas and proposals with common sense and good judgement. Click here the see the Call for SG.

Applications, consisting of a CV, photo and a motivational letter stating the candidate will accept the post should the AGM elect the candidate. The candidate is also required to present herself during 5 minutes at the UWE Conference in Cyprus, 23-25 September 2022.

Applications should be made to, to arrive thirty days before the AGM, i.e. by 25 August 2022 at the latest.

The duties are voluntary. UWE gives a small remuneration which covers the travel costs in part.

Europe Day 2022

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Dear Members, dear friends,

Today is the day of our dear Europe, a day celebrating “peace and unity”. Peace was the main success of it, and we hope to be stronger and stronger. I’m sad to use the past tense.

The reality of our days is that we don’t have peace all over in Europe and future is full of uncertainty. Where are we going?

The European fundamental values are human rights, democracy and the rule of law. Our goals are clear, so we must still work hard with the purposes of the Council of Europe, the European Union and the European Women’s Lobby.

All together we can have a voice to be heard.

Warm greetings from the board and

Dr Anne Bergheim-Negre


Registration open: UWE Meet & Greet Israel

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Israel Association of University Women (IAUW) and University Women of Europe (UWE) warmly welcome you to the online UWE Meet & Greet on Sunday, 8th of May 2022: 17.00 – 19.00 CET, on zoom.


Welcome – Ora Sharon, Vice President and CER IAUW

Glimpse of Israel – short movie

Adv. Yemima Peretz Gabay,  President IAUW addressing the meeting

Dr. Anne Bergheim-Negre, UWE President addressing the meeting

Ex-president  IAUW Fayge Cohen introducing  Zeina Drawshy doctoral student  who received a scholarship from the Jerusalem branch. Zeina will tell us about herself, about her research and the help and encouragement that the scholarship offered her.

Q & A

Yuly Schwarts, Spokeswoman for Israel Antiquities Authority about the archaeological excavations and findings in the Holy lands

Dead Sea scrolls – short movie

Q & A

Jerusalem of Gold – song

Adv. Shiri Malca, the Chair of Tel Aviv branch about the voluntary work with the girls living in boarding schools. She will  present one young girl Sivan Menash who received the scholarship. Sivan will speak about her life at the boarding school.

Tel Aviv scholarships – short movie

Q & A

All the participants singing “Hava Nagila

Farewell messages – end of the meeting

Registration Details
This is a free event. To attend please register here . Following registration, you will receive a confirmation message and the Zoom link to the event, please save it. You will also receive an event reminder with the zoom link 24 hours before the event.

Relax and enjoy. Israelis are exceptionably hospitable, they use phrases of gratitude quite often. Bevakasha!

Registration open: Migrant Women in Europe

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University Women of Europe (UWE) warmly welcomes you to the next UWE free webinar “Migrant Women in Europe” which will be held on Monday, 4th of April 2022 at 17.00 – 19.00 CET.

The COVID19 pandemic and the recent invasion of Ukraine have made the situation of refugees in Europe even more desperate. According to the UNHCR, more than 2.8 million people have fled Ukraine into neighbouring countries. This number grows daily. We need to identify how can we help and assist more at European level. All our young members are invited to contribute. Prepare your questions, comments in advance about this topic.

Aisha Alshawaf, Vice President University Women of Europe will moderate the event.

First speaker invited will be Adriana S.Thiago, Communications Officer at Migrant Women Network Organization , a very active migrant-women-led feminist platform that advocates for the rights, freedoms and dignity of migrant, refugee and ethnic minority women and girls in Europe. Adriana is a Portuguese-Brazilian feminist, graduate in International Relations. Her main areas of interest is the movement against sexual exploitation and the creation and continuing of a global feminist liberation movement. She is also the co-convenor of the Young Women’s Movement of ENoMW, the Radical Girlsss.

Our next guest is Dr. Basak Ovacik a funding member and the first president of the Turkish Association of University Women, Istanbul branch, Vice President Graduate Women International (GWI). She is very familiar with the refugees topics which are widely discussed for years in her country and in her association. They are working hard to raise awareness on education, human rights, violence against women, women’s human rights. She will speak about the Hegg Hoffet Fund for Displaced Women Graduates, so we can discuss more how it can assist now the graduate women, students from Ukraine.

Please send you registration by March 31st of March, 2022. You will receive the zoom link into the Webinar on 1st of April, 2022, by email.

Save the Date: UWE Meet & Greet 2022

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Our next UWE Meet and Greet event will be organized online on the 8 th of May 2022, 5-7 pm CET. The Israel Association of University Women founded in 1932, member of Graduate Women International GWI will be our host.

We will connect on zoom and take a virtual tour of Israel, to the old city of Jerusalem, Tel Aviv or other interesting places in the North of the Country: Nazareh and Tiberius and many others. More information about the programme and registration will be announced soon.

At the Meet and Greet we will try to give you a taste of the Israeli culture. Yoli Schwartz an Authority of Israeli Antiquities will give a lecture on archaeological findings. We will also tell you about our voluntary work, Israeli songs and more. Looking forward to seeing you all.Ora Sharon, Vice President.

Women’s Voices on the Ground

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European Women’s Lobby (EWL) in dialogue with the National Council of Women of Ukraine

EWL webinar, 3 March 2022 from 9.30 to 12.00 CET

Registration by 2nd of March:

The National Council of Women in Ukraine, member of ECICW (European Centre of the International Council of Women), sounded the alarm bell on rising tensions as tens of thousands of Russian troops gathered at the borders of Ukraine, despite announced withdrawal. Women and girls have suffered severely under the ongoing war and fear a new outburst of violence, which to the detriment of all, became a reality in February 2022. 

EWL wishes to stand with her sisters in Ukraine. Today more than ever: Peace is our human right and claim. We wish to  listen to their voices and invite them to describe the situation of women and girls, to lead a discussion together on what pressure we can exert on our governments, the EU institutions and the international community involving the women’s movement, in the context of the existing peace agreements and the Women, Peace and Security Agenda (UNSCR 1325).

Since 2014, the armed conflict in Ukraine led to 13.000 deaths and 31.000 wounded. With a focus on this armed conflict, the needs and rights of women and girls have been marginalised, causing greater inequalities. Women are overwhelmingly taking responsibility for the continuity of civil life. The new militarisation multiplies the experience of intergenerational violence against women. In many parliaments, the issue is under discussion and was also on the agenda at the European summit (25th of May). The situation of women and girls must be taken more seriously. 

In 2021, the EWL General Assembly adopted a motion which called for support to the National Council of Women if Ukraine.  

The adopted motion called for a number of actions, notably, an invitation to the National Council of Women of Ukraine to inform EWL members about the situation of women and girls in Ukraine and to discuss concrete actions that EWL members can take to support peace and conflict resolution. This webinar is being organised in this context. 

Given the current situation in Ukraine, the webinar aimed essentially at the EWL members and their members will focus on advocacy actions that can be taken collectively to alert EU political decision-makers but only in consultation with women of Ukraine.

Save the Date: UWE Conference & AGM 2022

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We are pleased to invite you to the next UWE Conference and AGM, Kyrenia, on 23rd– 25th September 2022 to celebrate together 25 years of the Turkish Cypriot Association of University Women (TCAUW) and 42 years since University Women of Europe (UWE) was founded as regional group of International Federation of University Women (IFUW – now GWI).

Kyrenia is the hidden jewel of the Mediterranean full of magnificent historical monuments that provide timeless glimpses of glorious days gone by. The Kyrenia Harbour is a great example of the town’s rich history, with streets of old Kyrenia town exuding Ottoman architecture, leading up to the Venetian-built Kyrenia Castle beautifully towering over the harbour. The list continues with the breathtaking St. Hilarion Castle up on the mountain top and the Bellapais Abbey in set in one of the most beautiful villages on the island, as well as museums housing relics of the past.

We are looking forward to meeting you with interesting topics: Women and sustainable environment. The speakers as well as a detailed programme will be announced very soon, including information about the registration.

The Conference will take place at the Acapulco Convention Centre along the coastline and is open to all members of the University Women of Europe and their friends.

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 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!