Women in digital

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European Commission has launched an annual scoreboard to monitor women’s participation in the digital economy, on the occasion of the birthday of Ada Lovelace, considered as the world’s first computer programmer. The Women in Digital scoreboard  is one of the actions to assess women’s inclusion in digital jobs, careers and entrepreneurship initiated by Mariya Gabriel, Commissioner in charge for Digital Economy and Society. The Scoreboard assesses EU countries’ performance in the areas of internet use and internet user skills, as well as specialist skills and employment, based on 13 indicators.


The first edition of the Scoreboard shows that women’s participation in the digital field still lags behind in several areas. Only 1 in 6 ICT (Information and Communication Technology) specialists and only 1 in 3 STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) graduate is a woman. Astonishingly women in the ICT sector earn almost 20% less than men.

Women account for 52% of the European population but only around 17% of women work in ICT- related jobs.  We must fully unlock women’s potential in bringing a boost to the digital economy. Governments, companies, educators and civil society need to take decisive actions to change this trend. All together, we can promote women’s talents and make sure we encourage them to STEM study fields early on. Today, we have an extraordinary tool, the Women in Digital European Scoreboard that shows where exactly countries must improve women’s situation. It is time to deliver for young girls, women, all our citizens and businesses. Our Digital Europe will be inclusive, competitive & dynamic with their valuable contribution.” – Commissioner Gabriel.

The new Scoreboard also shows that Finland, Sweden, Luxembourg and Denmark registered the highest scores on the Women in Digital scoreboard while Bulgaria, Romania, Greece and Italy registered the lowest. Moreover, there is strong correlation between the scoreboard and the Digital Economy and Society Index (DESI). In general, Member States leading in digital competitiveness are also leaders in female participation in the digital sector. Read how your country is faring in terms of women’s participation in the digital economy

Among the main results, the scoreboard shows that:

  • There is a gender gap in all 13 indicators at EU level, with some exceptions at country level: in Finland, Estonia and Bulgaria women are more active internet users than men; in Latvia, Slovenia, Bulgaria, Lithuania and Cyprus women score more highly on digital skills than men.
  • The gender gap is the largest in the area of ICT specialist skills and employment: 76 % for ICT specialists and 47 % for Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics graduates.
  • The difference in digital participation between women and men within the younger age group (16 to 24) is smaller in relative terms (55% of women compared to 60% of men). In certain countries, the trend is even starting to reverse, with women outperforming men in this category.

Another international study ‘The Tech Divide” will be presented on 19th February in Berlin at the The Digitising Europe Summit organised by Vodafone Institute. More about this event on our official website or visit the official conference website.




Programme Meet and Greet Dundee

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We’re really excited about May’s meet and greet in Dundee,  hosted by Graduate Women Scotland on May 17/18, 2019 at the University of Dundee Department of Equality and Diversity.

Over the two days starting from 1.30 pm on Friday 17 May,  we’ll share the stories of inspirational women present and past and find out why the city of Dundee was known as Women’s Town. Now the Scottish city of Design and Discovery and with a famous tradition of  three Js – Jute, Jam and Journalism., home of the publishers DC Thompson, Dundee is a city full of stories.

Delegates will be welcomed at a Civic Reception in the City Chambers on Friday evening  and  have the opportunity to explore Dundee’s industrial and cultural heritage during the event. Saturday you are invited to take part in the Pechakucha – a specific style of presentation that originated in Japan and  enjoy dinner and Ceilidh – traditional Scottisch music during the evening.

On Sunday, there will be organized optional visits to Glamis Castle, 1000 years of history and now a baronial Castle outside Dundee or guided visit to St Andrews, historic University City across the river Tay in Fife, travel by local bus with free guided tour of the city and time to browse the shops in this popular tourist destination.

Please see here programme, costs and booking details: Invite booking form

Please fill in your booking form and return it by email to : info@graduatewomenscotland.co.uk

Call for three interns to join EWL team in Brussels!

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Join the European Women’s Lobby team in Brussels, during the 6 month period March 2019 – August 2019!

European Women’s Lobby is recruiting three paid interns for full time positions focusing on the following particular working areas :

Support to European Political Campaigning

Supporting work on our European Parliament 2019 election campaign and a special focus on combating commercial sexual exploitation, tasks include:

  • Assist and support the EWL’s working groups;
  • Assist and support EWL member-led 50/50 campaign in light of the 2019 European elections;
  • Assist and support the development of major international events, including political advocacy strategy development;
  • Assist and support the EWL’s working groups on ‘Women in Politics’ and ‘SRHR and Sexual Exploitation’;
  • Assist and support in membership engagement in activities;
  • Assistance to the roll out of campaign and lobbying activities.

Gender Budgeting

Assist and support the implementation of the EWL’s Gender Budgeting project, tasks include:

  • Project planning: some experience of Project Cycle Management or equivalent is welcome;
  • Organise a capacity building workshop in the first quarter of 2019 and, building on outcomes, prepare a follow-up workshop to take place in the latter part of 2019;
  • Assist and support the Expert Group;
  • Liaise with EWL team members working directly on the project (research, communications) and indirectly (programme unit, finance/budgets, membership);
  • Assist with the development of information materials and communication tools on the project for internal (EWL members, EWL feminist economics working group, funders) and external stakeholders;
  • Assist in liaising with and reporting to funders.

Membership and Communications


  • Support the Membership and Governance Coordinator with organising the annual European Women’s Forum with EWL Members and the young feminist summer camp;
  • Work with colleagues to improve engagement with EWL Members through internal communications (newsletters, etc) and information management (update database, etc);
  • Assist and support the management of website and social media content (with input of EWL staff and members);
  • Work with the Communications and Media Officer to develop communication actions, supporting EWL advocacy and fundraising objectives;
  • Prepare information and publicity materials (invitations, posters, logos, flyers, gadgets, videos, banners, postcards) for various audiences.

Please read this call for applications before you apply. All information on how to apply, tasks, necessary skills and conditions is here.

Interested candidates are requested to submit  by e-mail to jobs@localknowledge.be mentioning in the subject line ‘Application for EWL internship 2019 / YOUR NAME’:

  • A CV in Word or PDF (name your file as follow ’Last name-CV’)
  • Filled-in application form in Word or PDF (name your file as follow ’Last name-application form-title of preferred internship’)

Closing date for applications is 16 January at 23:59 CET.

Sad news about Dr. Helen S. Dunsmore of Graduate Women Scotland

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On January 7, 2019,  we’ve learned with sadness,  about the death of a beautiful figure of our movement,  Helen Dunsmore.
Helen has a PhD in Electrochemistry and  she was the first woman President of Glasgow Association of Women Graduates. Her brilliant career dedicated to science has made her very early on sensitive to the few women in this sector.  She became involved in our movement, and her qualities brought her to the presidency of IFUW and she has became one of the first presidents of UWE.
She was a friendly lady specially for the young members and as Terry Oudraad said «  she was a wonderful source of information in her charming Scottish accent for the new Young Member » when she met her.
The professor with whom she worked as a young student was an excellent friend with his wife of my parents, which had created a special bond between us.
On your behalf, we extend our deepest condolences to her family and to our Scottish and English friends.

From the Board,

Dr. Anne Negre
President University Women of Europe
Vicepresident of the Conference of INGOs – Council of Europe

Season’s Greetings

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Dear UWE friends,


Thank you for being with us in 2018,

We wish you a joyful holiday and a successful New Year filled with peace, love, laughter and hope!


For the Board,

Roxana Elena Petrescu

Secretary General


The recommendation of the Council of Europe on the need to strengthen the protection and promotion of civil society space in Europe

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The Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe has adopted a recommendation to member States to take effective measures to protect and promote civil society space.

Civil society organizations are invited to bring this recommendation to the attention of national authorities, ask for its translation into the national language and monitor its implementation by their governments.

Adopted by the Committee of Ministers at the 1330th meeting of the Ministers’ Deputies, on 28 November 2018, the recommendation calls on member states to ensure an enabling legal framework and a conducive political and public environment for civil society organisations, human rights defenders, individuals, groups, and national institutions for the protection and promotion of human rights (NHRIs) to freely carry out activities,  on a legal basis, consistent with international law and standards, to strive for the protection and promotion of all human rights and fundamental freedoms.

Governments of member States are asked to ensure that the principles set out in the Recommendation are complied with in relevant national legislation and practice, to monitor and evaluate the effectiveness of the measures taken and to examine, within the Committee of Ministers, the implementation of this Recommendation in five years’ time.

Member States are also called to ensure a wide dissemination of this Recommendation among competent authorities and stakeholders, including the translation in the National language, where appropiate.



Source: www.coe.int

Report UWE President Anne Nègre – Council of Europe’s World Democracy Forum 2018 and Human Rights

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The Council of Europe’s World Democracy Forum held from 19 to 21 November 2018 in Strasbourg on “Gender Equality and Women’s Rights” saw a variety of interventions showing clear progress but also brakes.

On the official website you can find the programs, in and out, the interventions, the podcasts of Labs.

Moderating Lab 7 –  Will closing the gender gap in the economy lead to greater political equality? was a pleasure, in front of the 3 initiatives also sponsored by the Department of Bas-Rhin. The 3 initiatives lead to raising awareness of the world of work on equality issues in three different ways, one created by the State, the second starting from the base and the last of a self-referral of women executives in companies
“Talent naar de top” is presented by the Talent to the Top Foundation Netherlands, offers companies a Talent to the Top Charter, an employers’ code to make a voluntary commitment for an effective and sustainable gender diversity policy.
The second initiative, “Fearless Futures”, from the United Kingdom, answers personal questions including homophobia, racism, to move towards awareness of inequality through training that reinforces a community of lived experiences that focus on fight for equality.
Finally, the third initiative, “Le Cercle Inter’Elles“, a network of networks, started with women in specialized technology and science companies, stating the stumbling blocks of careers, salaries and women in decision-making positions, with an articulation of professional life. and family life. Men think with them, and act within companies.
Moreover, faithful to our voted Resolution on the use of the expression Human Rights instead of Human Rights, I addressed the question in plenary to Marlene Schiappa, Secretary of State to the Prime Minister, in charge Equality between women and men and the fight against discrimination, France, 19 November 2018 in the morning.
In response she said that since March 8, 2018, Jean-Yves Le Drian, Minister of Europe and Foreign Affairs, France, supports the expression human rights in places and places of Human Rights.  For more information, in french:
So we must spread this important news that unblocks the situation since it is the French state that prevented the use of this expression. Nothing else opposes it.


Dr. Anne Nègre
President University Women of Europe
Vice President of the Council of Europe’s Conference of INGOs