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.
Many Congratulations to Sudha Srivastava, our BFWG NEWS Editor
on becoming The Leader of Young International Members. We are proud of your achievement!
A visit to a university in China which Susan Miles and Jenny Morely undertook with members of the Hong Kong Association when visiting them to celebrate their 60th Anniversary.
Their gift to mark the occasion was (annually) for a Chinese girl to have a bursary to study in Hong Kong.
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
Caroline Spurgeon Centenary Fellowship
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
Ariana Markowitz - University College London
For research on - How dangerous places are made: Metabolism of fear in San Salvador.
Marjorie Shaw Fellowship
Mireille Widmer - Sussex University
For research on - Urban security governance in Janakpur, Nepal.
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.
International Advocacy Webinar Series
Urban Security Governance in Janakpur, Nepal
GWI/BFWG Majorie Shaw Fellowship 2019
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
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
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
Malawi student supported by Sutton Coldfield LA to graduation
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 has MPhil, MSc – Public Policy and International Relations (University of London). Gold medallist for academic excellence. Profession: Public Policy Research, Editing & Designing.
Alternate CIR/CER and BFWG Representative at National Council of Women of Great Britain (NCWGB). Editor of BFWG News (2012-2021). 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.
GWI and Other International engagements:
President of Young Members Network (YMN) at Graduate Women International (GWI). Founder member of the GWI YMN Committee and served as Director of Social Media followed by Vice-President before becoming President. Leading GWI’s ‘Connecting Across Generations’ webinar series.
Official delegate and Speaker/Panellist at GWI Parallel event during CSW65. Member of Advisory Working Group of Beijing+25 Generation Equality Forum. Participated in virtual Youth SDG Summit 2021 and amplified voice in NGOCSW65 Forum Youth Preparation series leading to CSW65. To celebrate the International Day of Education 2021, Sudha created an Education acrostic relating to the UNESCO’s theme ‘Recover and Revitalise Education for COVID-19 Generation’. Her innovative artwork was included in the community activity collage ‘Innovate 2021’ at the beginning of the UN Women Generational Equality Forum’s action coalition virtual roundtable session ‘Young Women Leading Tech and Innovation’. Sudha contributed to video mosaic created by GWI on the International Day of Education in 2020 and was one of the 20 delegates selected from GWI global network to attend CSW64 in 2020.
Member of GWI since 2007. Sudha 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’. NGO CSW ‘Fierce Feminist’ raffle winner. Presenter at GWI Intergenerational Webinar (Spring 2020 Webinar Cycle – Connecting Across Borders). Organised virtual Townhall of YMN with the Committee. Also, contributed to University Women of Europe (UWE) solidarity blog in 2020.
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!’
Sudha enjoys travelling, reading and writing, gardening, cooking different (world) cuisines, making friends across the globe, collecting souvenirs of pens and mugs 🙂