Graduate Women International

Registration open: Migrant Women in Europe

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University Women of Europe (UWE) warmly welcomes you to the next UWE free webinar “Migrant Women in Europe” which will be held on Monday, 4th of April 2022 at 17.00 – 19.00 CET.

The COVID19 pandemic and the recent invasion of Ukraine have made the situation of refugees in Europe even more desperate. According to the UNHCR, more than 2.8 million people have fled Ukraine into neighbouring countries. This number grows daily. We need to identify how can we help and assist more at European level. All our young members are invited to contribute. Prepare your questions, comments in advance about this topic.

Aisha Alshawaf, Vice President University Women of Europe will moderate the event.

First speaker invited will be Adriana S.Thiago, Communications Officer at Migrant Women Network Organization , a very active migrant-women-led feminist platform that advocates for the rights, freedoms and dignity of migrant, refugee and ethnic minority women and girls in Europe. Adriana is a Portuguese-Brazilian feminist, graduate in International Relations. Her main areas of interest is the movement against sexual exploitation and the creation and continuing of a global feminist liberation movement. She is also the co-convenor of the Young Women’s Movement of ENoMW, the Radical Girlsss.

Our next guest is Dr. Basak Ovacik a funding member and the first president of the Turkish Association of University Women, Istanbul branch, Vice President Graduate Women International (GWI). She is very familiar with the refugees topics which are widely discussed for years in her country and in her association. They are working hard to raise awareness on education, human rights, violence against women, women’s human rights. She will speak about the Hegg Hoffet Fund for Displaced Women Graduates, so we can discuss more how it can assist now the graduate women, students from Ukraine.

Please send you registration by March 31st of March, 2022. You will receive the zoom link into the Webinar on 1st of April, 2022, by email.

Join the GWI Young Members Network in celebrating International Women’s Day

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On 8 March 2021, Graduate Women International (GWI) will join the international community in celebrating International Women’s Day (IWD), a day for world citizens to shine a spotlight on gender equity issues.
This years’ theme “Women in leadership: achieving an equal future in a COVID-19 world” marks the tremendous efforts by women and girls around the world in shaping a more equal future and recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic.
To celebrate women and the limitless potential of young women, the GWI Young Member Network (YMN) will kick off a webinar series, “Connecting Across Generations” on 6 March 2021, 4-5pm CET.The purpose of these webinars is for GWI multigenerational members to get to know each other better and to learn from each other’s life experiences and knowledge.
“Join us on the first event with the celebrations of International Women’s Day. Let’s unite to have a great ‘Intergenerational Connection’ and start celebrating the achievements of our Global GWI Network”, said Sudha Srivastava, GWI YMN President.
Our UWE GWI members are invited to register HERE by 5 March.

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!


GWI brings together global and local experts for thePeace through Education conference

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Members of the UWE Board will proudly join the Graduate Women International (GWI)’s 33rd Triennial General Assembly and Centenary Conference, 25-28 July 2019, in Geneva, Switzerland , which will bring together world leaders in the fields of peace, education and human rights who will speak in support of the conference theme: “Peace through Education” – the founder’s vision for world peace and friendship through education.


GWI President, Geeta Desai, will open the General Assembly followed by remarks from Doris Boscardin, Present of the Swiss Association of University Women and Chair of the Local Arrangement Committee; and Lisa Mazzone, member of the Swiss National Council. Madame Saniye Gulser Corat, Director, Division for Gender Equality, UNESCO will deliver the first day keynote address on “Linkages between Education and Peace” with Brigitte Mantilleri, Director Gender Equality, University of Geneva, speaking on “Education: A Tool Against Misogyny”. On Saturday, 27 July, Zamaswazi Dlamini Mandela, granddaughter of Nelson Mandela will present her views on Peace through Education.

Professional and independent experts will present during this 4-day event on the main theme as well as five subthemes that respond to how education advances the status of women and girls towards preventing conflict; how curricula evolve to support human rights and deconstruct patriarchal paradigms; what it means to live in a connected world; how young professionals can be empowered to understand connections between education, gender equality, and cultural and environmental issues. The aim is that delegates will increase their knowledge about what graduate women do to influence global society, working at the intersection of education, peace, advocacy and action on local, national and global policies.

Conference delegates should leave the conference informed, enthused and committed to look beyond short-term goals and become involved in policy and legislative agenda concerning education and peace; and eager to promote actions that support the 2030 Sustainable Development Goals, in particular SDGs 4 and 5 which relate specifically to Quality Education and Gender Equality. These integrate and balance the three dimensions of sustainable development economically, socially and environmentally”- Geeta Desai.

With the coming event in Geneva, the UWE Board will host its Annual General Meeting on Sunday 28 July: 12:30- 14:30 (lunch time and Regional Caucuses in the official programme).

Please see here the Agenda, we received one valid candidacy for Treasurer from PhD. Annelies Pierrot Builts to be re-elected and Marion Gibson PhD. MSSc Dip SW Advanced Dip Psychological Trauma Management , nominated by the Irish Federation of University Women will receive the JG Award 2019.

Due to time constrain NFA reports will only be included in the Minutes this time, please try to send them to by email until 28 July 2019, our AGM time.

Looking forward to seeing as many of you in Geneva next week!