Call for candidates

Call for Candidates UWE Board

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The UWE Board is pleased to invite applications from candidates interested in the position of Vice President of the UWE.

Starting September 10, 2021, the Board has two vacancies for Vice President.

The ideal UWE-Vice President should have collected some experience in working within her national federation/association (NFA) or a similar organization. She is familiar with the European Situation on Gender equality and is interested in the lobby for equal opportunities in all aspects of society for women and men.

She enjoys travelling and is keen to work in a European team. Preferably she does not have an official function within her own NFA to avoid conflict of interest.

Applications by the NFA in a letter of recommendation should be accompanied by a CV, photograph and a motivational letter stating the candidate will accept the Vice Presidency should the AGM elect the candidate.

The candidate is also required to present herself during 5 minutes at the UWE AGM &Conference in Helsinki, FINLAND 10-12 September 2021.

Applications should be made to  to arrive ten days before the AGM, i.e., by 1st of September 2021 at the latest.

The board meet twice a year, at the AGM and mid-term. We convene via zoom and work together via the internet. We are looking for Vice Presidents interested in seeking contacts with other international NFA’s to work on proposals and actions. We have no office and no secretariat except for the Secretary General responsible mostly for PR.


  • Fluent in English (both written and orally) and preferably French
  • digitally able: e.g., Skype, Zoom; WordPress, Facebook, etc.

–  Collective governance adept

–  Knowledge of the EU and Council of Europe


The duties of the UWE vice-president will be divided in the board and can be:

  • Preparing projects
  • Networking
  • Representing the UWE
  • Supporting the president by visiting other NFA’s time to time for special celebrations etc.
  • Contributing to the UWE strategic and working plan
  • Writing the annual report
  • Sending news and articles for the website

Note: The UWE gives a small remuneration which covers the travel costs in part. In practice a Vice President of UWE spends approximately 1500 Euro per year additionally.

Call for candidates – Treasurer for UWE Board

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The UWE Board is pleased to invite applications from candidates for the UWE Board. As our Treasurer elected in June 2016 has three years mandate, the UWE Board will have a vacancy for the post of Treasurer.


  1. Applications for the positions of Treasurer, should consist of a CV, photograph and a letter indicating the candidate’s willingness to accept the post should she be elected. The NFA which nominates the candidate should send an accompanying letter pointing out how the candidate fulfills the requirements and criteria of a the post.

  1. Candidates will also be required to make a five-minute presentation at the Annual General Meeting- Geneva 28 of July 2019 in which they introduce themselves, outline their experience and qualifications for the position and indicate how they would propose to contribute to promoting the overall aims of UWE if elected.

  1. Applications should be made to by 16 th of July 2019 at the latest.

  2. Each board member will be asked to fulfill the requirements as described in the Profile of the UWE board member and the duties of a board member. In addition the Treasurer has specific profiles and duties.

PROFILE UWE Board member

Ideally a candidate for the UWE Board should have experience of working within her own National Federation/Association (NFA) or in a similar organization. She should be committed to furthering the aims and objectives of UWE, familiar with the European situation regarding gender equality and interested in lobbying for equal opportunities for both women and men in all aspects of society. She should enjoy travelling1 and be keen to work as a member of a European team. In order to avoid conflict of interests it would be preferable if she did not have an official function within her own NFA.


  • Excellent Fluency in English (both written and oral) and preferably also in French;

  • Competence in I.T.: e.g. Skype; WordPress, Facebook, Excel etc.

  • Competence in collective governance and administration of organizations

  • Knowledge of the EU, Council of Europe and European Women’s Lobby


  • high level of competence in teamwork and networking;

  • knowledge of the workings of EU subsidies and project funding possibilities

  • experience in budgeting and bookkeeping

The specific duties:

  • Collecting the dues

  • Budgeting

  • Payment of the budgeted invoices/reimbursements

  • Managing Travel Fund

  • Collecting the membership-dues

  • Encouraging donations

  • Applying for subsidies, tax opportunities etc.

  • Two monthly report on finance to the President

  • Compiling a Financial Report for the General Assembly

  • Contributing to the UWE strategic and work plan


UWE gives a small remuneration which partly covers travel costs. In practice a member of UWE spends approximately 1500 Euro per year additionally.

Call for candidates Jans Gremée Award

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The UWE Board and the JGA Committee call for candidates for the Jans Gremée Award 2018. Nominations should be entered before the 16 th of July 2019 including a motivation maximum 400 words, a colour picture of the candidate and CV.

Criteria for nomination for the JGA

  • The award can only be awarded to a female citizen of Europe.

  • The contribution for the nomination for the award must enhance European Matters and should be innovative.

  • It is not obligatory that the award-winner is a member of UWE/GWI. This is to make UWE outward-looking and innovative oriented.

Jans Gremmée founder of UWE in 1981
At the occasion of the 16th IFUW Conference in Karlsruhe, Germany, a small group of participants took the initiative for the European associations/federations to start studying the consequences of the European developments for their organizations.

Several meetings were held and in 1975, Jans Gremmée inquired at the IFUW now GWI headquarters if and how headquarters could help to further nomination of capable European women in positions of influence and decision-making in the new Europe. GWI answered that it would undertake activities on a global level only. This meant that for any actions to the further interests of women in Europe, European associations/federations had to bundle their forces at a regional, European level.

In 1977 a few European participants at the 19th IFUW Conference Stirling, Scotland, took up the initiative to realize the Consultative Status for a new NGO to be founded for the University Women in Europe. A proposal thereto was launched by German DAB’s Gisela Kessel (†) and the Dutch VVAO’s Jans Gremmée in 1978. Several meetings were held and during a meeting in Luxembourg 28-29. November 1981 UWE started its official life. At that time, fourteen European NFAs (countries) participated. The Seat was to be in Switzerland. In 1982 the first Executive was chosen, with Jans Gremmée as its president.

Nowadays UWE is a network of Associations of University Women from sixteen European countries working in partnership with the Council of Europe and the European Women’s Lobby to address issues impacting the lives of academic women throughout the European community. Its aim is to work towards an achievement of the goals of the Council of Europe and also to cooperate with all other European governmental and non-governmental organizations dealing with European matters and in particular questions affecting the lives of academic women.

The Jans Gremmeé award was proposed by the Dutch NFA to encourage and compliment women for their work for a peaceful Europe and a better position for women and girls.

Candidates can be proposed by any NFA.

Please let us know ultimately 16 th of July 2019 at