International

As a Member of BFWG (British Federation of Women Graduates) you become a Member of Graduate Women International (GWI), our umbrella organisation.

(Being a BFWG Member is the most cost effective way to join GWI)

Usually meetings and conferences of GWI happen every three years at various global venues. 

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

( Acknowledgements to Barbara Jackson Canterbury LA).

You also become a Member of University Women of Europe (UWE) which is a regional group of GWI. This usually meets annually.

A capitation of €1 from your Membership dues helps to run UWE and about one third of your dues goes to GWI to support its work done across the world to help women less fortunate to access further education and training and set up their safe workplaces. It has a voice at the UN and advocates for women’s rights and opportunities.

 

It also awards FELLOWSHIPS !

GWI 2019 Fellowships and Awards

Four of the top five awards have gone to doctoral students studying at British Universities. The GWI Fellowship Committee chaired by Professor Cynthia Burek (BFWG) and made up of members from Ireland, USA, India, Turkey and Australia met electronically through Skype to decide the winners of the GWI Centenary year Fellowships and Awards.

Caroline Spurgeon Centenary Fellowship

Caroline Sturgeon Centenary Fellowship winner Vidya Diwakar

Vidya Diwakar - Cambridge University

For research on – Armed conflict and the education of poor girls in India: Intersectional impacts and dynamic pathways for resilience.

Crosby Hall Fellowship

FfWG (Crosby Hall) Fellowship winner Ariana Markowitz

Ariana Markowitz - University College London

For research on – How dangerous places are made: Metabolism of fear in San Salvador.

Marjorie Shaw Fellowship

Marjorie Shaw BFWG Fellowship winner Mireille Widmer

Mireille Widmer - Sussex University

For research on – Urban security governance in Janakpur, Nepal.

Cullis-Leet Award

Claire Cullen - University of Oxford

For research – Essays in development economics: Norms, intimate partner violence and women’s economic empowerment in Rwanda, Uganda and Nigeria.

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International Youth Day – 12 August

 International Youth Day 2020

Urban Security Governance in Janakpur, Nepal

Mireille Widmer
PhD researcher

 

GWI/BFWG Majorie Shaw Fellowship 2019

International Youth Day 2020

Geneva, Switzerland, 12 August 2020

Young people aged 15 to 24 represent more than 1.2 billion people in the world, namely about 1/6 of the world’s population (UN World Youth Report 2020). The COVID-19 crisis and the equivalent of 155 million full-time jobs loss in the first four months of 2020 (International Labour Organisation)
creates a challenging job market for this section of society.

International Youth Day (IYD), was designated in 1999 by the United Nations (UN) to address such challenges of young people and to celebrate the power of youth.

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.

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

Jenny Morley BSc, M Inst Physics, Ch Physicist

Jenny Morley BSc, M Inst Physics, Ch Physicist

Co-ordinator of International Relations (CIR) and UWE Representative

I joined the British Federation of University Women (now BFWG) in the early 70s, recruited by my Sister-in-Law to the Warwick and Leamington Association.

I was then a part-time Lecturer in Physics at Coventry Tech, having Graduated from London University in 1966. I helped to found the Solihull and District Association, later transferring to the Nottingham, then to Derby LAs. I served as Regional Representative for both Mercia and East Midlands.

Whilst still serving as a Head of Science I was elected as a National Vice President. After early retirement I served a second term as VP and then was elected National President (2011-2014). I was the first Independent Member to serve in this capacity.

I am currently serving in the combined role of Co-ordinator of International Relations (CIR) and Co-ordinator of European Relations (CER).

Sudha Srivastava

Sudha Srivastava

CIR Alternate

Sudha has MPhil, MSc – Public Policy and International Relations (University of London), Advanced Diploma in Information Technology. Gold medallist for academic excellence. Professionally, she is into Public Policy Research, Editing & Designing (Certified Adobe Professional).

GWI and BFWG:

Vice-President at GWI Young Members Network Leadership (GWI YMN).
Editor of BFWG News (since 2012) and BFWG Representative at National Council of Women of Great Britain (NCWGB).

Previously, served as BFWG CIR Alternate to Professor Cynthia Burek (2012-2018). Founder member of new Greater London Association and had been actively involved between 2014-2019

Member of GWI since 2008. She attended the GWI Centennial in Geneva 2019 and had participated in Young Members workshop and presented with Certificate from GWI. Also, represented in the event ‘GWI through Decades’. Founder member of GWI Young Members Network and working in the leadership committee. NGO CSW ‘Fierce Feminist’ raffle winner. Presenter at GWI Intergenerational Webinar (Spring 2020 Webinar Cycle – Connecting Across Borders)

She believes in equal access to education for women and girls. Have been enthusiastically involved in the work of GWI and BFWG. Committed to the advancement of women and girls in the society at large!

Her favourite quote: ‘Be a rainbow in somebody else’s cloud!’

She enjoys travelling, reading and writing, gardening, cooking different (world) cuisines, making friends across the globe, collecting souvenirs of pens and mugs 🙂

sudha.bfwg@gmail.com