More info on UWE

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Do you know you that on http://www.uweboard.wordpress.com you can find more information about UWE and the contact persons of the NFAs?

And if have any information you wish to share with other UWE members,  please send a mail to universitywomeneurope@gmail.com. Feel free to share the adress of the website and the option to subscribe to the website to get regular updates with anyone who might be interested,

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Free digital course on EU in Global governance

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The EU is an economic giant but often perceived as a political dwarf and a military worm. By addressing the greatest challenges to EU external relations, the MOOC explains the law and policy aspects of the EU in global governance. This digital course is free and seems quite interesting. This is your change for a a quick and interesting course on the workings of the EU. More info: https://iversity.org/courses/the-european-union-in-global-governance?r=123c6

Call for action in European local democracy week concerning Lampedusa

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Our Vice President dr. Vera John-Mikolakjewski in her capacity as Vice President of Committee on Democracy, Social Cohesion and Global Challenges of the INGO’s of the Council of Europe asks your attention for the Local democracy week and Lampedusa, calling for a review of international treaties on the rights of refugees. They invite the European Union and Council of Europe Member States to follow a true cooperation policy and to fight efficiently against the criminal activity of traffickers and smugglers. We urge you, dear colleagues, to relay such call to parliamentarians, national and local governments of the 47 Member States of the Council of Europe.

Committee on Democracy, Social Cohesion and Global Challenges

Dear Colleagues,

How can we celebrate the European Democracy Week, while many of those who want to join our democracies die every day so close to our shores ? It took so many deaths till finally European peoples and governments are moved !

Driven by poverty, political, racial, tribal or religious persecution, thousands of men, women and children take the greatest risks to try to survive or live better.

Many of our NGOs are committed with migrants and survivors of disasters, in Lampedusa on other shores. The Council of Europe cannot stand by and do nothing to prevent such tragedies .

We demand respect for the European Convention on Human Rights and the Charter of Fundamental Rights so that the interceptions thrown by Frontex, the ” European Agency for the Management of Operational Cooperation at the External Borders”, go along with measures of effective rescue, consistent with human rights and the rights of refugees. Physical strength, in case of shipwreck, must not be the only criterion of admission on our soil !

We call for a review of international treaties on the rights of refugees

We invite the European Union and Council of Europe Member States to follow a true cooperation policy and to fight efficiently against the criminal activity of traffickers and smugglers.

We urge you, dear colleagues, to relay such call to parliamentarians, national and local governments of the 47 Member States of the Council of Europe.

You will find it also on our website following this link
http://democracy-cingos.weebly.com/index.html

With our best regards,

Anne-Marie CHAVANON

President

Israel MENSAH

Vice-President

Vera John MIKOLAJEWSKI

Vice-President

Quota for women on boards?!

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Today, Monday 14 October 2013 from 15.00 – 15.30h in room ASP 5 G-3  the Committee on Women’s Rights and Gender Equality and the Committee on Legal Affairs have a Joint committee meeting (Rule 51) to vote on the draft report on “Gender balance among non-executive directors of companies listed on stock exchange”. How do you think about quota for women on boards?

UN Girl Child Day 2013: “Innovating for Girls’ Education”

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On December 19, 2011, the United Nations General Assembly adopted Resolution 66/170 to declare 11 October as the International Day of the Girl Child, to recognize girls’ rights and the unique challenges girls face around the world.  This year’s (2013) Girl Child Day will focus on “Innovating for Girls’ Education.

Theme for 2012 was “Ending Child marriage”.  For its first observance International Girl Child Day has focused on child marriage, which is a fundamental human rights violation and impacts all aspects of a girl’s life. Child marriage denies a girl of her childhood, disrupts her education, limits her opportunities, increases her risk to be a victim of violence and abuse, jeopardizes her health and therefore constitutes an obstacle to the achievement of nearly every Millennium Development Goal (MDG) and the development of healthy communities.
For its second observance, this year’s (2013) Girl Child Day will focus on “Innovating for Girls’ Education”. The fulfilment of girls’ right to education is first and foremost an obligation and moral imperative. There is also overwhelming evidence that girls’ education, especially at the secondary level, is a powerful transformative force for societies and girls themselves: it is the one consistent positive determinant of practically every desired development outcome, from reductions in mortality and fertility, to poverty reduction and equitable growth, to social norm change and democratization.
Recognizing the need for fresh and creative perspectives to propel girls’ education forward, the 2013 International Day of the Girl Child will address the importance of new technology, but also innovation in partnerships, policies, resource utilization, community mobilization, and most of all, the engagement of young people themselves.

All UN agencies, Member States, civil society organizations, and private sector actors have potential tools to innovate for and with girls to advance their education.
Examples of possible steps include:
• Improved public and private means of transportation for girls to get to school—from roads, buses, mopeds, bicycles to boats and canoes;
• Collaboration between school systems and the banking industry to facilitate secure and convenient pay delivery to female teachers and scholarship delivery to girls;
• Provision of science and technology courses targeted at girls in schools, universities and vocational education programmes;
• Corporate mentorship programmes to help girls acquire critical work and leadership skills and facilitate their transition from school to work;
• Breaking the barriers, it is a must to harness innovation and technology to reach poor and marginalized girls and improve the quality of education for all.                                               ​
Nazan Moroglu
TAUW President

Congratulations to Malala

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Only 16, Malala has become a symbol for women’s right to education, not just in her native Pakistan, but the world and us all. Read more on www.theguardian.com/world/2013/oct/10/malala-yousafzai-wins-sakharov-prize.  The Pakistani schoolgirl became a global inspiration after surviving an assassination attempt by the Taliban. In an exclusive interview, she talks about the man who tried to kill her, life in Britain and why she won’t give up campaigning. The book I am Malala will soon be available. book malala

EWL News 07 October

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Please let all your members know the UWE has a new website: www.uweboard.wordpress.com

Dear all,

The European Women’s Lobby sends out newsletters regularly which I post on our website www.womenlobby.org.

I would like to draw your attention to our call for actions very worthwhile to support on a national level for all NFA’s e.g. to write letters to their parlementarians:
– the petition to support victims of Human Trafficking more
– two appeals to raise the issue of parity of representation to the electorate ahead of the upcoming national elections .http://paritydemocracy.eu/ewl/
– the launching of an European Network of Ministers in Europe in charge of equality between women and men, a new platform we could try and influence!

The EWL is also looking for a candidate for the post of Secretary General!

Many regards,

Edith Lommerse

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