UWE Meet & Greet 2020 – cancelled

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With great regret, due to current circumstances, Corona outbreak, after communicating with the Irish Federation of University Women (IrFUW) we’ve been advised that UWE Meet & Greet 2020 event due to be held in May will be cancelled for this year.

We would like to thank the Irish Federation of University Women for the amount of work and for the organisation there has been already planned, the safety of our members is VITAL.

Even though our meeting is in May, we strongly feel we need to be cautious about planning future events.

For the members who have already payed their registration, arrangements has been confirmed with the organizers, they will get their refund through bank transfer.

Our thoughts are with our members, soon it will be announced an online forum  to share our thoughts during this difficult time.

COVID-19 Educational Disruption and Response

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UNESCO/Shutterstock.commThe number of children, youth and adults not attending schools or universities because of COVID-19 is soaring.

In response, UNESCO convened a global video conference of high education officials to step up the emergency response and share strategies to minimize learning disruption worldwide.

Seventy-three countries were represented including 24 education ministers and 15 vice ministers from China, Croatia, Egypt, France, Italy, Lebanon, Mexico, Nigeria, Japan, the Republic of Korea and the Islamic Republic of Iran.

According to data released up to date by UNESCO, the crisis is now impacting close to 363 million learners worldwide, from the pre-primary to tertiary level, including 57.8 million students in higher education. One in five students worldwide is staying away from school due to the COVID-19 crisis and an additional one in four is being kept out of higher education establishments.

Governments in 113 countries have closed educational institutions in an attempt to contain the global pandemic. Since March 16, fifteen countries have ordered nationwide school closures and 14 have implemented localized closures, spanning Asia, Europe, the Middle East and North America.

We are entering uncharted territory and working with countries to find hi-tech, low-tech and no-tech solutions to assure the continuity of learning,” said UNESCO Director-General Audrey Azoulay. “As countries try to prepare their response, international cooperation is vital to share the most effective approaches and support students, teachers and families. UNESCO is stepping up its support to ensure this crisis promotes innovation and inclusion and does not exacerbate learning inequalities.”

To steer the global response, UNESCO announced the creation of a UNESCO-COVID19 Emergency Task Force that will support national responses and share effective policy responses with a focus on the most vulnerable countries. A wider community of practice will be established to enhance knowledge sharing, peer learning and capacity building on distance and open learning. UNESCO aims to mobilize all actors involved, including the private sector. Partners such as Microsoft have already lent technical support to the Task Force.

Government representatives shared approaches and best practices during their exchange to ensure continuity of learning during school closures, the duration of which is unpredictable at this stage.

UNESCO published a list of educational applications and platforms to help parents, teachers, schools and school systems facilitate student learning and provide social caring and interaction during periods of school closure. While these solutions do not carry UNESCO’s explicit endorsement, they tend to have wide reach, a strong user-base and evidence of impact. Most of the solutions are free and several support multiple languages.

Also a list of national learning portals and tools to help assure the continuity of education during COVID-19 school closures.

International Women’s Day 2020: 25th anniversary of the Beijing Declaration

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In 1995, the UN’s 4th World Conference on women adopted Beijing Declaration, a resolution regarding the empowerment and advancement of women around the world. It set out strategic objectives to achieve gender equality in 12 areas, including the economy, violence against womenwomen in power and women and the environment. 

 

In light of increasing global concerns of the spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) a conference to mark the anniversary of the Beijing Declaration planned by European Parliament’s women’s rights committee for 5 March was cancelled, the 64th Session of the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW64) was significantly sized down to a one-day procedural meeting with Member States’ New York-based representatives. Although the political statement and multi-annual work programme has been approved at this meeting, women’s civil society organisations from around the world missed this unique moment to bring the collective voices of women and girls, in all their diversity, to the international political table.

Sadly so far, the UN and UN Member States have not been forthcoming to reassure us or propose other ways in which Women’s Civil Society voices will still be brought to the . This lack of commitment is part of the broader concern of the increasingly shrinking space of women’s civil society. The UN system and the Member States must take proactive steps to support feminist women’s organisations, to ensure they are included and financially supported within upcoming UN processes for 2020, including the Generation Equality Forums in Mexico and Paris, and the UN General Assembly in New York.

In times like this, we must remain vigilant and stand strong in the face of uncertainty, adversity, and instability. We continue to recognize the incredible work of women’s activists and feminists everywhere, and their ongoing efforts to ensure a feminist world where women and girls live free, equal and dignified lives. While we are physically divided, we are united in our vision for a feminist world.” Gwendoline Lefebvre, President, European Women’s Lobby

Ahead of International Women’s Day on 8 March, EWL has published its report 25 years of the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action (1995-2020): THE TIME TO DELIVER IS NOW!” The report looks back at progress made in the EU in the last five years in relation to some of the BPfA’s critical areas of concern, highlights key actions of EWL and its members, and identifies remaining obstacles, to which we present our demands.

Meet & Greet Programme

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UWE Meet & Greet Dublin 15th – 17th May 2020

Illuminations and Inspirations’

Illuminated and Inspired – we are women

Hosted by the Irish Federation of University Women (IrFUW)

Cónascadh Banchéimithe na hÉireann

Friday 15th May 2020

1.30: Registration. Tea & Coffee, University Club, University College Dublin (UCD).

2.20: Welcome and Outline of the Day: Frances Patton, IrFUW President,

Past President UCD Women Graduates Association (UCD WGA)

2:35: Welcome to Belfield: Dr Linda Deeks (UCD).

2.50: Dr Anne Nègre, President University Women of Europe (UWE).

3:00: Dr Margaret Ward, Hon. Senior Lecturer QUB, Feminist Historian and Author:

Maud Gonne – An Irish Feminist.

3.45: Comfort Break

4.00: Dr. Mary E. Daly, President The Clinton Institute, Professor Emerita UCD, former President Royal Irish Academy: An Historical Perspective.

4.45: Open discussion, chaired by Dr. Meadhbh Hand, President Trinity Women Graduates (TWG).

5.30: Closing Remarks.

7:30: Drinks Reception (Location: to be confirmed)

8.00: Welcome Meal in University Club, Belfield

 

Saturday 16th May 2020

09:15: Registration

10.00: Welcome and Outline of the Day: Dr. Máire O’Connell, IrFUW Vice-President, Former CER, Galway Association of Women Graduates (GAWG)

10:10: Dublin City Councillor Hazel Chu, Chairperson of the Green Party / An Comhaontas Glas.

11.00: Tea & Coffee

11.30: Dr Síghle Bhreathnach-Lynch, Art Historian and Author, former Curator of Irish Art at the National Gallery of Ireland: Inspired by Art. (TBC)

12.15: Panel Discussion: Chaired by Martina Fitzgerald, Author ‘Madam Politician’

Introduced by Oonagh Ferrity, Queen’s Women Graduates’ Association (QWGA), Member UWE Constitution Committee.

Panel: Alice Leahy, Martina Devlin + 2 others to be confirmed.

1.15: Sharon Bowers, TWG, GWI Representative at CWS64, CSW64/Bejing+25.

1:30: Closing Remarks.

* Own arrangements for lunch. Club Café open until 3 p.m.

Afternoon: See List of ‘Places of Interest’ provided for your choice of individual visit.

Or Guided Walking Tour: UCD Belfield Campus / Trinity College Campus

7.30: Drinks Reception in University Club, Belfield.

8.00: Dinner at University Club, Belfield.

Sunday 17th May 2020

 

Optional Tour of Newbridge Silverware, Newbridge, Co. Kildare

(Optional, but highly recommended)

For more information visit: https://visitnewbridgesilverware.com

 

10.00: Pick up by coach at UCD University Club, Belfield (TBC)/Talbot Hotel

11.15: Newbridge Silverware Factory Tour

12.15: Lunch may be purchased on site at Café Carleton.

1.45: Newbridge Silverware Museum of Style Icons Tour

3.00: Return to Dublin

4.15: Drop off at UCD University Club, Belfield /Talbot Hotel (TBC)

 

Cost of the Newbridge Silverware Tour is €35 per person and includes:

  • Transportation
  • Factory Tour
  • Museum of Style Icons Tour

Numbers are limited. Places allocated on first come first served basis.

* Must be booked in advance.

Some items in the Museum of Style Icons, Newbridge Silverware.

Lady Diana’s India Dress, Engagement Blouse and ‘Revenge Dress’

Marlyn Munro’s dusty rose coloured chiffon jacket from ‘The Prince and the Showgirl’ (1957)

The Beetles’ wool and mohair suits worn on their promotional tour of ‘A Hard Day’s Night’ (1964

Note:

See List of ‘Places of Interest in Dublin’ for Saturday afternoon and/or Sunday visits if not travelling to Newbridge Silverware.

 

Supporting Information

Price Early Bird – €120 before 5pm, Friday 17th April 2020

Standard Rate (after 17th April) – €135.

Price includes Dinner and Drinks Reception both evenings, teas/coffees.

Optional Tour of Newbridge Silverware

€35 per person, includesTransport, Factory Tour and Museum of Style Icons Tour. Lunch purchased separately on site in Café Carleton.

Payment Details

Irish Federation of University Women

Current Account: 64 27 33 90

Branch: Bank of Ireland University Branch Montrose

IBAN: IE42 BOFI

90-13-51

64273390

BIC: BOFIIE2D

Booking Form

Please submit your registration online HERE

Recommended Accommodation

We suggest staying at the Talbot Hotel, Sillorgan. See the reduced rate below.

149 Single occupancy per night / €159 Double occupancy per night.

This rate is available when booked before 31st March 2020 with Reference.

Reference when booking: Meet and Greet 2020

To book Talbot Hotel, Stillorgan, Dublin 4.

Phone: 353 (0) 1 2001800

Email: reservations@talbotstillorgan.com

https://www.talbothotelstillorgan.com/

Additional Suggested Accommodation

Clayton Hotel, Burlington Road – https://www.claytonhotelburlingtonroad.com/

Hampton Hotel, Morehampton Road – https://www.hamptonhotel.ie/dublin-hotels.html

Radisson St.Helen’s Hotel, Stillorgan – https://www.radissonhotels.com/en-us/hotels/radisson-blu-dublin-st-helens

B&B’s in Donnybrook or Stillorgan

*Aircoach 700 from Dublin Airport, Direction Leopardstown/Sandyford

*Aircoach 700 stops outside Talbot Hotel and UCD Stillorgan Rd. Entrance.

Tickets €10 single / €16 Return. Tickets may be purchased online and on the bus.

Save the date: UWE Conference &AGM Paris

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We are pleased to invite you to the next UWE Conference and AGM , Paris, on 17th – 20th September 2020 to celebrate together the centenary of the French Association of University Women (AFFDU) and 40 years since University Women of Europe (UWE) was founded as regional group of International Federation of University Women (IFUW).

Known as the “City of light”, Paris is often referred to as an “open-air museum” thanks to its architectural and cultural outstanding heritage, its streets overflow of culture, art, beauty and history. Located in the heart of Montparnasse neighborhood of Paris, Reid Hall, a cultural and educational hub, former a residential center for university women after the 1st World War (also housed the French Association of University Women), which hosted international conferences for more than a century, it became Columbia Global Centers – Paris and it is confirmed as the main venue for this event.  

We are looking forward to meeting you with interesting topics: 100 years of women’s rights, gender equality, artificial intelligence and the place of women in the 20th century.  The speakers and a detailed programme will be announced very soon, including information about the registration.

The Conference is open to all members of the University Women of Europe and their friends.

 

Save the Date: UWE Meet &Greet 2020

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We are pleased to invite you to the next UWE Meet and Greet event in Dublin, Ireland on 15th – 17th May 2020.

UCD University Club, Belfield, and the University Club are already confirmed as venues for this event. With literature in its blood Dublin is one of 6 UNESCO cities of literature with four Nobel prizes. The city has four Universities, DCU,TCD, UCD and TUDublin (the Technological University Dublin).

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

We hope that a number of you will be able to join us in Ireland this May. The Conference is open to all members of the University Women of Europe and their friends.

 

24 January International Day of Education

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Education is a human right, a public good and a public responsibility.

In 2018 the United Nations General Assembly proclaimed 24 January as International Day of Education, to honor education and its centrality to human well-being and sustainable development.

Without inclusive and equitable quality education and lifelong opportunities for all, countries will not succeed in achieving gender equality and breaking the cycle of poverty that is leaving millions of children, youth and adults behind.

Today, 258 million children and youth still do not attend school; 617 million children and adolescents cannot read and do basic math; less than 40% of girls in sub-Saharan Africa complete lower secondary school and some four million children and youth refugees are out of school. Their right to education is being violated and it is unacceptable.

Celebration of International Education Day at UNESCO

In partnership with the CRI (Centre for Research and Interdisciplinary), UNESCO headquarters organizes on 24 January 2020 a public event in line with the 2020 theme, learning for people, planet, prosperity and peace, this Paris celebration will feature talks and discussions with education leaders from around the world, including youth leaders.

Follow the event live,tarting at 2 p.m. (Paris time)

More information about the programme and event here: Celebration of International Day of Education at UNESCO

Celebration of International Education Day at UN

A celebration event is organized by the Office of the President of the General Assembly in collaboration with UNESCO and other Permanent Missions of member states. The event will bring together the voices of governments, the UN system, civil society, private sector and youth organizations to straighten collective action for education, warning that the world is not on track to achieve Sustainable Development Goal 4.

Under the title “Aligning Inclusive Quality Education Policies with Sustainable Development Goals” the event will call for further commitments to advance the progress towards SDG 4 by leveraging multilateral action to ensure that ecveryone has access to quality education.

More information about the programme and event here:  Celebration of International Day of Education at UN

Celebration of International Education Day by GWI

With over 100 years of experience in advocating for safe access to quality, lifelong education for all women and girls worldwide, Graduate Women International (GWI) recalls its achievements in the field of education such as: numerous policy resolutions concerning the right to education, several Bina Roy Partners in Development programmes strive for educating women in various areas, the five girls supported by the Teachers for Rural Futures project graduated this January, and grants and fellowships awarded each year to support women in accessing education. Collected interviews from its many members around the world in a mosaic video will be published on 24 January on GWI’s website and social media channels.. The participants were asked to answer one of the following questions: What is the role of education today? What more can be done to improve education for women and girls in your country? Why are you a member of GWI?Also, have a look at the Facts & Figures Infographic published.

Sudha Srivastava from British Federation of Women Graduates (BFWG) shared with us her Education Acrostic specially created for Day of Education. Well done, Sudha!

Let’s celebrate the achievements of education together!

photocredit @UNESCO

24 January International Day of Education

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Education is a human right, a public good and a public responsibility.

In 2018 the United Nations General Assembly proclaimed 24 January as International Day of Education, to honor education and its centrality to human well-being and sustainable development.

Without inclusive and equitable quality education and lifelong opportunities for all, countries will not succeed in achieving gender equality and breaking the cycle of poverty that is leaving millions of children, youth and adults behind.

Today, 258 million children and youth still do not attend school; 617 million children and adolescents cannot read and do basic math; less than 40% of girls in sub-Saharan Africa complete lower secondary school and some four million children and youth refugees are out of school. Their right to education is being violated and it is unacceptable.

Celebration of International Education Day at UNESCO

In partnership with the CRI (Centre for Research and Interdisciplinary), UNESCO headquarters organizes on 24 January 2020 a public event in line with the 2020 theme, learning for people, planet, prosperity and peace, this Paris celebration will feature talks and discussions with education leaders from around the world, including youth leaders.

Follow the event live,tarting at 2 p.m. (Paris time)

More information about the programme and event here: Celebration of International Day of Education at UNESCO

Celebration of International Education Day at UN

A celebration event is organized by the Office of the President of the General Assembly in collaboration with UNESCO and other Permanent Missions of member states. The event will bring together the voices of governments, the UN system, civil society, private sector and youth organizations to straighten collective action for education, warning that the world is not on track to achieve Sustainable Development Goal 4.

Under the title “Aligning Inclusive Quality Education Policies with Sustainable Development Goals” the event will call for further commitments to advance the progress towards SDG 4 by leveraging multilateral action to ensure that ecveryone has access to quality education.

More information about the programme and event here:  Celebration of International Day of Education at UN

Celebration of International Education Day by GWI

With over 100 years of experience in advocating for safe access to quality, lifelong education for all women and girls worldwide, Graduate Women International (GWI) recalls its achievements in the field of education such as: numerous policy resolutions concerning the right to education, several Bina Roy Partners in Development programmes strive for educating women in various areas, the five girls supported by the Teachers for Rural Futures project graduated this January, and grants and fellowships awarded each year to support women in accessing education. Collected interviews from its many members around the world in a mosaic video will be published on 24 January on GWI’s website and social media channels.. The participants were asked to answer one of the following questions: What is the role of education today? What more can be done to improve education for women and girls in your country? Why are you a member of GWI?Also, have a look at the Facts & Figures Infographic published.

Sudha Srivastava from British Federation of Women Graduates (BFWG) shared with us her Education Acrostic specially created for Day of Education. Well done, Sudha!

Let’s celebrate the achievements of education together!

 

Season’s Greetings from University Women of Europe

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Dear friends,

we’ve had a memorable year 2019 celebrating 100 years of Graduated Women International in Geneva, thank you for being with us!

May you enjoy all the happiness that the season can bring!
We wish you a successful New Year filled with peace, love, laughter and hope!

Conference on Global Approach to the Gender Gap in Mathematical, Computing and Natural Sciences/Trieste, 4-8 November 2019

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Thanks to our Treasurer Annelies Pierrot – Bults, who attended  the final meeting of a collaborative project (2017-2019), funded by the International Science Council of eleven major scientific international unions and organizations, to discuss findings, and formulate conclusions and recommendations, we can share with you her report.

Reducing the gender gap is a major challenge for the whole scientific community, in developed as well as developing countries, and concerns everyone, men and women.

The project has concentrated its efforts on three main tasks: the Joint Global Survey with 30,000 respondents (male and female) in more than 130 countries using 8 languages, the Joint Study on Publication Patterns analyzing comprehensive metadata sources of publications of more than 500,000 scientists since 1970, a Database of Good Practices for girls and young women, parents, and organizations.

Some hundred women and a few men participated in the conference, mainly from physics, astrophysics, mathematics, and statistics with a few chemists and biologists and historians.

Topics:

– Report on the findings and achievements of the three tasks of the project, globally, by scientific discipline (Astronomy, Biology, Chemistry, Computer Science, History of Science, Mathematics, Applied mathematics, and Physics), and by geographical zone (Africa, Caribbean and Central America, South America, Northern America, Central and Southern Asia, Eastern and South-eastern Asia, Western Asia, Eastern Europe, Northern Europe, Southern Europe, Western Europe, and Oceania)

– Discuss and evaluate the results of the project.

– Formulate recommendations and discuss new initiatives.

Some examples of the survey:

Significant differences about lower pay for women is reported for Astronomy, Chemistry, Computer sciences, Mathematics and applied mathematics and Physics.

Sexual harassment was reported for all disciplines by 21-39% of the women and 2-5% by men. Also in all disciplines feelings about gender discrimination were reported by 45-60% of women and 4-7% of men.

Becoming a parent slowed down career opportunities in 28-37% of women and 8-13% of men

Publication patterns in chemistry showed and increase of female authors of about 5 to 20% between 1970 and 2010.

A few recommendations on associations, institutional and personal levels

-work collectively to change culture and norms to reduce the gaps

-address the disproportionate impact of parenthood on the careers of women through improved support systems for parents

-take the steps to assess pay equity and encourage policies to help reduce salary disparities

-encourage the diversification of scientific awards, actively encourage to nominate women

-address potential bias in the editorial and peer-review processes, which would strongly benefit from more transparency on the part of academic publishers

-avoid gender stereotyping and unconscious gender bias in interactions with female students and children

The final report will be published early next year on the website of  the International Science Council

Also you can find information and a toolkit on women in science – SAGA (the STEM and Gender Advancement project) on the website of UNESCO.