Graduated Women Internation – GWI

Save the date! GWI Global North-South Dialog #2: “Connectivity and Partnerships to Empower Women as Agents of Change”

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On Sunday, 31 October 2021 from 7-9 PM CEST, UWE will meet FUWA in a second session dialogue hosted by GWI, Connectivity and Partnerships to Empower Women as Agents of Change, which aims to establish a partnership between the two GWI regional groups through joint projects of common interests. Longer-term partnership goals include working together on a case study that addresses the priority theme for the 67th session of the Commission on the Status of Women in 2023, Innovation and technological change, and education in the digital age for achieving gender equality and the empowerment of all women and girls.

Dialogs will include an Overview of Progress and Challenges in African and European GWI National Federation and Association countries led by Linda Rebecca Williams, FUWA President, Anne Negre, UWE President, and Aisha Alshawaf, UWE Vice President, respectively; the Use of ICT to Empower Rural Women into Leadership led by Nneka Chiedozie, FUWA Vice President; and ICT Literacy and Connectivity as Effective Enablers for FUWA led by Sahar Gamal, FUWA Coordinator of International Relations.

Guest speakers from UWE:

Dr. Flora Vincent will lead a dialog about the danger of gender bias in artificial intelligence for equality between women and men. She is a young French scientist specialized in marine microbiology. A graduate of AgroParisTech,  (the best one in France in that field ) she completed her thesis at the École Normale Supérieure (the highest level in France AN) for the Tara Oceans program, rewarded with the Thesis Prize of the Foundation of the Sea. She now works at the Weizmann Institute of Science on marine viruses where she leads the next Tara expedition to Patagonia. At the same time, she co-founded WAX Science, an association that promotes science without stereotypes by creating and distributing innovative tools. She is co-author of the book “Artificial intelligence, not without it!” a book that explores how algorithms reproduce sexist biases”. She has been invited to speak at the Gender Equality Commission of the CoE.

Pirrko Malhlamäki, the Secretary General of the Finnish Disability Forum, a board member of the European Disability Forum, EDF and a board member of the EWL will speak about connectivity in disability. She has participated in a number of European campaigns and projects, such as the EURADE project to promote participatory research for disability equality. She has been involved in the development and management of personal assistance scheme and independent living arrangements that enable her continued work and study. Trained as translator in English and French, specialized in judicial translations and disability terminology, she is member of the Non-discrimination and Equality Tribunal of Finland. For her contribution to disability rights and anti-discrimination work, she was awarded the Order of Merit of the White Rose of Finland and the Human Rights Award of the Finnish League of Human Rights in 2009.  

GWI-UWE members are invited to register for the event HERE.

Call for Delegates to the 64th Commission on the Status of Women (CSW64) in New York, 9 to 20 March 2020

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The 64th Session of the Commission on the Status of Women will take place at the United Nations Headquarters in New York from 9 to 20 March 2020. The CSW64 promises to be a historic event as women from around the world will mark the twenty-fifth anniversary of the Fourth World Conference on Women and adoption of the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action (1995).

The main focus of CSW64 will be on the review and appraisal of the implementation of the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action and the outcomes of the 23rd special session of the General Assembly. The review will include an assessment of current challenges that affect the implementation of the Platform for Action and the achievement of gender equality and the empowerment of women and its contribution towards the full realization of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

Graduated Women Internation – GWI is launching a call to the attention of GWI Leaders, NFA Presidents and CIRs, and NFA Members who are interested in participating to propose their candidacy – deadlline Thursday, 31 October 2019.

Accreditation for CSW64 is strictly limited. Individual delegates will be chosen by the GWI Board of Officers based on the following criteria:

  • Each candidate is required to have the full endorsement of their NFA President or CIR for consideration be given. The CSW64 Candidate Endorsement Form signed by the President or CIR must accompany the Delegate application

  • Either current or recent professional or volunteer work experience related to aspects of the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action OR strong experience with the United Nations advocacy/lobbying process is a plus.

  • Strong knowledge of GWI mission and vision and willingness to network on behalf of GWI.

  • Preparedness to attend daily sessions and prepare short reports for GWI advocacy purposes.

Readiness to participate in GWI briefings during CSW64.

Please note: Applicants can only be considered if their 2019 NFA dues have been paid in full.

Some delegate spaces will be reserved for members of NFAs presenting CSW64 side or parallel events and/or for GWI visiting panel experts. Priority will be given to members who are willing to attend for at least five days and who indicate the highest level of motivation to participate on behalf of GWI.

Members who are interested in participating as part of GWI’s delegation must submit an official delegate CSW64 Application Form and CSW64 Candidate Endorsement Form. Both forms must be emailed to the GWI Office to info@graduatewomen.org no later than 31 October 2019 at midnight Central European Time (CET). This deadline will be strictly enforced as some selected candidates will need adequate time to complete the United States of America visa application process.

****Please include in the subject line of your email: GWI CWS64 Delegate Application****

Regretfully, GWI cannot fund delegate travel, accommodation, subsistence or other costs.