British Federation of Women Graduates

Annual Report of the British Federation of Women Graduates

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virtual AGM via zoom

Local Associations have been adapting in many innovative ways during these strange times, as has the Management Team.

After a successful email Executive in March, the regretful cancellation of an International Day in June, planned to include GWI President Terry Oudraad, on July 19 the finale of a successful and innovative ‘virtual’ AGM of the British Federation of Women Graduates took place via a Zoom session attended by 27 Members.

President Patrice Wellesley-Cole (top row two in from right) concluded the business which had been conducted via email over the past few weeks, making several ‘thank yous‘ and announcing Sudha Srivastava (Top second from left ) as the newly appointed Alternate  CIR/CER .

BFWG is now adopting a system of ‘One woman One vote’ starting in 2021.
Many Registrants are donating their returned AGM Registration fee towards the Hegg Hoffet fund.

We welcome incoming President Jasmit Kaur Phull.(Middle column second row up).

Dr Gillian Hilton is carrying out research on challenges faced by women in the workplace and another Member has interviewed some of us in the so-called called ‘silent post war generation’ about attitudes to voting and particularly with respect to Europe.

Over the Summer Members also enjoyed a lively Questions and Answer Zoom session with noted historian Prof Mary Beard.

In early September our President Jasmit invited Dr Elizabeth Poskitt, noted  Paediatrician, former International and British Federation President and Jans Gremee Award Winner, to address British Members and English speaking Members of UWE, via Zoom.

‘Adapt to survive‘ has to be our motto!


On behalf of BFWG:

Jenny Morley/ CIR-CER


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UWE Rome Conference, 2018 /

Proud of our Association of the Year 2018, post – the last UWE Conference on ‘ Women in STEM professions‘ in Rome which many of us attended, was included on the list of “The Best STEM Organizations For Girls & Women (& How To Donate)”. Girls Who STEM (GWS) is  a free resource for parents, providing everything from in-depth product reviews to expert STEM for girls advice, 40 institutions nominated, BFWG is no. 39 on the list.

You can see the full list here:

Congratulations  for this well – earned recognition which is testimony to the hard work and dedication!

Vice President Carrie de Silva, representing the Federation, was invited on 20 February to lead an inspiring broadcast about the development of the fight for women’s equality, the current career progression issues,  beyond the ‘ glass ceiling’, the strength of networking and the importance of the inspiring new film On The Basis Of Sex. The film’s content will encompass Women ‘ Firsts’ in the Law in the UK , through to the first Q. C. (Queen’s Counsel ), first Judges , Attorney- General , first in the Supreme Court to the majority female Supreme Court.