Council of Europe Highlights 2018

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Since its creation seventy years ago, the Council of Europe has been consistently working for Europeans to enjoy the same standards of human rights, democracy and the rule of law enshrined in the European Convention on Human Rights. If these rights and values are not respected, individuals have the ultimate right to appeal to the European Court of Human Rights. This is unique in European and world history.

Today’s most pressing undemocratic trends resurfacing in many parts of Europe concern freedom of expression, the independence of the judiciary, the impact of artificial intelligence on human rights and discrimination against vulnerable people. You can download here the “Council of Europe Highlights 2018” – english and french version – to see  how diverse bodies of the Council of Europe, in cooperation with its member states, worked throughout the past year to tackle them, with the aim of making Europe a safer and more democratic place for everybody.

Last call for projects for the Luxembourg-Ireland Co-Development Fund for Female Filmmakers

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In May 2019, Film Fund Luxembourg and Fís Éireann/Screen Ireland launched the call for projects for a newly created Co-Development Fund for Female Filmmakers, dedicated to support the co-development of a range of new projects written and/or directed by women. The fund will support the careers of female writers and directors during the crucial development stage of a project, seeking to reduce gender disparity in the film industry and marketplace and to improve female representation in the screen industry.

Eligible projects must meet the following criteria:

  • The project is a co-development (feature-length (min. 70’) fiction, documentary, animation, TV drama).Television projects must be a dramatic series, animated series or animated feature film.

  • A co-development agreement and – schedule between the Luxembourg-based and the Ireland-based production companies need to be in place at application stage. Projects co-developed with a third producer are also eligible if the Ireland- and Luxembourg-based producers retain significant financial and creative control of the project.

  • Applicants must hold the necessary rights to the material to be developed.

  • The project presents cultural content and has the potential to interest audiences in both countries and transcend national borders.

  • The co-producers must ensure that the project meets the criteria of the public funding organisation in their respective countries.

Deadline for submissions : September 10, 2019

Click HERE for project criteria and submission form.
Successful co-productions between Ireland and Luxembourg include the recent hit
Black 47 (Lance Daly) and the Academy Award nominated films The Breadwinner (Nora Twomey) and Song of the Sea(Tomm Moore) to name but a few.


Call for applications: FRIAS COFUND Fellowship Programme 2020/21

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For the seventh time the Freiburg Institute for Advanced Studies (FRIAS) – the University of Freiburg’s international research college publishes a call for applications of the international Marie S. Curie FRIAS COFUND Fellowship Programme (FCFP).


The deadline for application is September 15, 2019, about 25 fellowships will be awarded through a highly competitive, strictly merit-based selection process.

This programme offers outstanding international researchers, both on the junior and the senior level, an opportunity to apply for an extended research stay here at the Institute.

The programme, which is co-financed by the European Union’s Marie Skłodowska-Curie Programme, is open to all disciplines; the financial conditions are internationally competitive.

Fellowships of 3 to 10 months may be applied for in the senior scheme, while in the junior scheme the fellowship duration is 12 months. Successful applicants will conduct their fellowship between September 2020 and September 2021.

For the fellows at FRIAS, the programme offers outstanding research opportunities, not only in the research environment of a leading European research university, but also with the added advantage of being part of a community of fellows from different disciplines.

FRIAS provides its female researchers with targeted information on attractive offers relating to mentoring, coaching and training. Special attention is given to fellows who plan to come to Freiburg together with their families. FRIAS makes every effort to provide tailor-made solutions with regard to suitable accommodation, child care and educational facilities.

We therefore ask you to consider this opportunity for yourself and/or to pass it on to colleagues to whom this call might be of interest.

Further information can be found at HERE.

Graduate Women’s Baltic Sea Conference 2019 – Finland

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Finnish Federation of Graduate Women (FFGW), member of University Women of Europe, welcomes you to the Graduate Women’s Baltic Sea Conference 2019 “Together for GENDER EQUALITY IN EDUCATION AND WORK and COMMITMENT TO OUR COMMON BALTIC SEA”. 

Place: Science Center Heureka, Vantaa, Finland

Time: Saturday 12 October 2019, 08:00 – 16:30



According to the 2017 Gender Equality Index, gender equality is progressing at a snail’s pace in the EU. In Finland, there are even indications of backsliding in gender equality. In the research literature, it is widely accepted that it is not possible to attain a more equal society for men and women without reducing the segregation in education and working life. In addition to improved social policies and structural changes, a more equal society requires concrete action. In our conference, the Graduate Women of the Baltic region seek solutions to dismantle segregation. At the same time, the focus is on how women and women’s organizations can positively respond to climate change and the protection of our shared Baltic Sea. Climate change is also a matter of equality. Bringing together professionals working in gender equality and the protection of the Baltic Sea and women from different countries will lead into sustainable action.

Organizers: Finnish Federation of Graduate Women together with British Embassy Finland, Eesti Akadeemiliste Naiste Ühing, Федерация женщин с университетским образованием, Kvinnliga Akademikers Förening and Lietuvos Universitetų Moterų Asociacija

THE REGISTRATION IS OPEN UNTIL 1 OCTOBER 2019. Please register here:

The previous Nordic-Baltic conferences were held in Estonia (2016) and Lithuania (2017).

For more information, please visit the website of Finnish Federation of Graduate Women and the FB event page


Impressions from Centenary Celebration, Conference and GA – Geneva

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Goup photo at the end of 33rd Triennial General Assembly & Conference, Geneva 2019
Goup photo at the end of 33rd Triennial General Assembly & Conference, Geneva 2019

More than 400 GWI delegates, independent members and friends from more than 50 countries celebrating together a century of international friendship between graduate women who believe in Peace through Education at the 33rd Triennial General Assembly (GA), Centenary Celebration and conference – Geneva, 25-28 July 2019, the University of Geneva (UNIGE).


UWE Board was honored to take part at this historic event hosted by the University of Geneva (UNIGE) which was possible thanks to the organizers: the Graduate Women International (GWI) Board , Swiss Association of University Women (SVA) and all their interns and volunteers.

Formal Opening by GWI President Geeta Desai Genneral Assembly Geneva

On a first day at GWI 33rd General Assembly, after welcome speeches by GWI President, Geeta Desai and Doris Boscardin, President of the Swiss NFA, Lisa Mazzone, member of the Swiss National Council, evoked women pioneers, role models that paved the way for women, a century ago there were only 10 percent of women in universities, thankfully this has changed. She mentioned the historical mobilization in Switzerland on 14 June 2019 when half a million people gathered to bring awareness about equal pay.

Next speaker about “Education: A Tool Against Misogyny” Brigitte Mantilleri, Director Gender Equality – UNIGE illustrated us the gender inequality and misogyny in the portrayal of women through history.

By lunch we were invited by GWI Vice President Eileen Focke-Bakker to take part to a short Regional Leaders Group Meeting and share our top five issues of each region.

UWE President Anne Negre and conference friends Centenary Celebration Geneva

During the evening we embraced this lifetime opportunity to be invited at the WTO for a Keynote Discussion on Women’s Empowerment followed by a reception, the discussion highlighted the work of the WTO on trade and gender and the role of trade in fostering education, peace and women’s empowerment. Speakers were Roberto Azevèdo, Director General, WTO via video message, Ambassador Sunanta Kangvalkulkij, General Council Chair, WTO; Arancha Gonzalez, Executive Director, International Trade Centre; Ratnakar Adhikari, Executive Director, Enhanced Integrated Framework; Gabrielle Marceau, Counsellor, Legal Affairs Division, WTO; Anoush der Boghossian, Trade and Gender Focal Point, WTO; Geeta Desai, GWI President.

Zamaswazi (Swati) Dlamini Mandela

The Peace through Education conference started on 27 July with an emotional speech of keynote speaker Zamaswazi (Swati) Dlamini Mandela, granddaughter of Nelson Mandela, Human Rights Activist, Founding Partner and Shareholder of Qunu Workforce, South Africa’s leading consultancy creating equality in the workforce for those living with disabilities, who shared her remarkable heritage and the influence of her grandfather and grandmother on her life, highlighting how the fight for education, empowerment and freedom for all is deeply rooted in their ideals and life’s work.

Vice President Aisha Alshawaf and Secretary General Roxana Elena Petrescu at World Trade Organization Geneva

Very interesting to hear the experts from the first panel discussion – The Evolving Roles of Education and Gender Equality in the Prevention and De-Escalation of Conflict and in Building Sustainable Societies. Dr. Barbara Mercer- Moser, Founder of In – Zone, who has pioneered innovative approaches to multilingual communication and higher education in communities affected by conflict and crisis. Dr. Christelle Rigual, Researcher and Coordinator at the Gender Centre at the Graduate Institute. She has researched the relationship between gender inequality and armed conflict and how gender equality can de-escalate conflict. Adiba Qasim, from Sinjar District in Iraq, student at UNIGE and young leader in foreign and security policy at the Geneva Centre for Security Policy, with a unique perspective as a woman in a conflict zone and an understanding of the role of women in security, she experienced the invasion of her district.

According to GWI, more than 68 workshops, papers and seminars during the conference,  shared their experiences and expertise in research, policy development and inspired us to develop strategies to prioritise education, women and peace.

Swiss Cultural Night on steamboat “Simplon”

During the Swiss Culture Night we sailed on smooth peaceful waters and enjoyed the wonderful tour of the Lake Geneva, Swiss Cuisine and traditional music on boat steam Simplon with efficient and strong engine put into service in 1919, same age as GWI.

On Sunday lunchtime we had our successful short Annual General Meeting in the presence of our delegates from all over Europe and Israel, with interesting topics on the agenda, emphasizing the work on the collective complaints and  on the Erasmus Project “NET POWER” aiming to create a network for promotion of women empowerment recognition in partnership with Italian in Italy, Les Femmes Chefs D’Entreprise Mondiales, University Women Romania Association, Finnish Federation of Graduate Women and University Women of Europe.

UWE Board, GWI President Terry Oudraad and Marion Gibson JG laureate 2019 – UWE Annual General Meeting Geneva

Marion Gibson, leader,motivator and peacemaker, nominalized by the Irish Federation of University Women received the Jans Gremmée Award from Terry Oudraad, new GWI President and Annelies P. Bults was reelected Treasurer with unanimous support.

Thank you all for coming, congratulations to them and to the newly elected GWI Board of Directors, Committee Convenors and Committee Members for the next term: 2019 – 2022, see you next year at the UWE Conference & Annual General Meeting  – Paris, 18-20 September, when we will celebrate 100 years of AFFDU and 40 years of UWE!

More pictures on our facebook album HERE

GWI brings together global and local experts for thePeace through Education conference

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Members of the UWE Board will proudly join the Graduate Women International (GWI)’s 33rd Triennial General Assembly and Centenary Conference, 25-28 July 2019, in Geneva, Switzerland , which will bring together world leaders in the fields of peace, education and human rights who will speak in support of the conference theme: “Peace through Education” – the founder’s vision for world peace and friendship through education.


GWI President, Geeta Desai, will open the General Assembly followed by remarks from Doris Boscardin, Present of the Swiss Association of University Women and Chair of the Local Arrangement Committee; and Lisa Mazzone, member of the Swiss National Council. Madame Saniye Gulser Corat, Director, Division for Gender Equality, UNESCO will deliver the first day keynote address on “Linkages between Education and Peace” with Brigitte Mantilleri, Director Gender Equality, University of Geneva, speaking on “Education: A Tool Against Misogyny”. On Saturday, 27 July, Zamaswazi Dlamini Mandela, granddaughter of Nelson Mandela will present her views on Peace through Education.

Professional and independent experts will present during this 4-day event on the main theme as well as five subthemes that respond to how education advances the status of women and girls towards preventing conflict; how curricula evolve to support human rights and deconstruct patriarchal paradigms; what it means to live in a connected world; how young professionals can be empowered to understand connections between education, gender equality, and cultural and environmental issues. The aim is that delegates will increase their knowledge about what graduate women do to influence global society, working at the intersection of education, peace, advocacy and action on local, national and global policies.

Conference delegates should leave the conference informed, enthused and committed to look beyond short-term goals and become involved in policy and legislative agenda concerning education and peace; and eager to promote actions that support the 2030 Sustainable Development Goals, in particular SDGs 4 and 5 which relate specifically to Quality Education and Gender Equality. These integrate and balance the three dimensions of sustainable development economically, socially and environmentally”- Geeta Desai.

With the coming event in Geneva, the UWE Board will host its Annual General Meeting on Sunday 28 July: 12:30- 14:30 (lunch time and Regional Caucuses in the official programme).

Please see here the Agenda, we received one valid candidacy for Treasurer from PhD. Annelies Pierrot Builts to be re-elected and Marion Gibson PhD. MSSc Dip SW Advanced Dip Psychological Trauma Management , nominated by the Irish Federation of University Women will receive the JG Award 2019.

Due to time constrain NFA reports will only be included in the Minutes this time, please try to send them to by email until 28 July 2019, our AGM time.

Looking forward to seeing as many of you in Geneva next week!


Call for facilitators and participants for young women’s engagement workshop

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Call for facilitators for young women’s engagement workshop – deadline 15 July

European Women’s Lobby has just published a call for facilitators to develop and deliver the workshop on young women’s engagement this November. You can find all the information on their web page, including the full call for facilitators and application process.

=> Action: Please read the call for facilitators and share with your own members and networks – deadline for applications is 15 July.

Call for participants for young women’s engagement workshop – deadline 8 July

The full call for participants includes a description of the workshop and the questions asked in the application form. Here is the key information:

  • Who can apply? Young women aged 18 to 30 linked to your organisation or to your members can apply so please share with your members and networks. There are also spots for members who do not have to be under 30 years old – for example Board members, working group members, observatory experts, members of members, etc – so if you or someone you know is keen to take part, you also need to apply using the same application form.
  • Deadline? The deadline for ALL applications is 8 July by midnight.
  • Dates of workshop? The workshop takes place from 8 to 11 November included, in Brussels.

=> Action: please share the call for participants with your members and networks, and if you want to apply directly, make sure to do this by midnight on 8 July using the online application form.