Each year a considerable proportion of each Member’s BFWG subscription goes to Graduate Women International to support its work done across the globe to enable women and girls to further their education and training and to set up safe workplaces for them to work in.

Each BFWG Member is thus a GWI Member

International Youth Day – 12 August

 International Youth Day 2020

International Fellowships for £12,000, £10,000, £6,000 and £5,000 have this year been awarded to students studying at British Universities (more details to follow).

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Urban Security Governance in Janakpur, Nepal

Mireille Widmer
PhD researcher


GWI/BFWG Majorie Shaw Fellowship 2019

GWI Young Members’ (YMs) first Committee Meeting

The  YMs Committee was formed during the Geneva Centenary Conference in July this year.  We had our first meeting through ‘Zoom’ (video conferencing) on 30th September. We briefly introduced ourselves to the members again and discussed about how we can contribute in a sustained way. It was good to have GWI VP membership, Eileen, on board who shared her expertise.

The result of the meeting was to at least have the informal agenda to work on until the next meeting.

We will be having meetings every alternate month as from now.

BFWG has enjoyed close international connections since 1919 with the IFUW (The International Federation of University Women).

IFUW is now known as GWI (Graduate Women International). GWI encourages graduate women to use their expertise to bring about change, with particular reference to the education of girls, adult literacy and numeracy, access and advancement of women in higher education and empowerment of women as leaders and decision makers.

These links were further developed by BFWG becoming a member of UWE in 1981. UWE was founded in order to participate in the progressive development of European Society. working in partnership with The Council of Europe and the European Women’s Lobby.

BFWG works with all these organisations with the purpose of concerning themselves with issues that impact the lives of women worldwide.

A BFWG Member’s informal reminiscences of the GWI Triennial Conference in Geneva July 25th-28th 2019

( Acknowledgements to Barbara Jackson Canterbury LA).

We are currently offering a special introductory rate for new members.

Why not join us today?

BFWG and UWE members working together for all women – sharing friendship at the GWI Triennial Conference.

International Awareness,

Advocacy and Action

The BFWG raises awareness of the current situation of women and the global challenges they face.

We wish is keep our members fully informed about international issues that concern women and girls everywhere.

The plan to raise awareness of our members manifests itself in a variety of ways in BFWG affairs.

The BFWG campaigns constantly with GWI and UWE to ensure every member is cognizant of challenges women face nationally and internationally to resolve conflict of interest in gender related matters and to remove barriers to instigate action leading to education, justice and fairness in the lives of all women and girls.

 At Local level, many of our LAs

  • contribute financial support for education in developing countries
  • enable politically disadvantaged students to study in UK
  • build morale and share skills

 At GWI level, the BFWG

  • takes part in decision making in connection with the UN and ESOC.
  • is represented at world conferences
  • networks globally

In addition to the educational support given by GWI  some of our local associations assist young women in places such as Malawi, East Africa to achieve  their potential.

As a schoolgirl in an African village, Esmie Kanyumbu (nee Esmie Chipala) faced many challenges: lack of food; no running water; having to help with carrying water and finding firewood; walking a long distance to school; class sizes of over 200. But ever since her first year at school Esmie wanted to be educated and she would sit under a tree reading books when other children were playing.

After finishing primary school, where she was always at the top of her class, Esmie was selected to go to St Michael’s Girls’ School in Malawi but her parents had difficulty in paying the fees. Sutton Coldfield Association of Women Graduates (SCAWG) were happy to help. Recognising that in Malawi all secondary schools charge fees, SCAWG set about raising money to pay them. For Esmie, as well as providing much–needed financial support, contact with SCAWG members also gave her encouragement. There were no women graduates in Esmie’s village to act as role models. Getting letters and emails from SCAWG members helped Esmie to maintain her determination to succeed.

When she finished school, Esmie was one of the best in her year and she was offered a place at the University of Malawi. SCAWG continued their support as she studied Economics and they were delighted when Esmie was given an award as the best Economics student in 2004. SCAWG was further delighted after their protégé was awarded a scholarship by the African Economic Research Consortium to pursue a Master’s degree in Economics.

Peace education begins at home

We are very pleased to share this Peace Mail with you from the IWPG Chairwoman, Hyun Sook Yoon, who delivered these words in the International Women’s Peace Conference last year.

Malawi student supported by Sutton Coldfield LA to graduation