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Black History month

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London mayor Sadiq Khan has released a new map of the underground where each stop honours a different Black trailblazer.

On Tuesday, Khan tweeted a picture of the new tube names and said: “We’re putting London’s Black history on the map.”

Created by TfL (Transport for London) and BCA (Black Cultural Archives) Heritage, the map aims to honour 272 “Black creators, leaders and trailblazers who have helped make London the city it is today”.

It was researched by historian Kelly Foster along with BCA.

The work honours Black History Month which takes place every October.

The last stop of the District and Central line Ealing Broadway has been renamed R. B. A. Wellesley-Cole, father of BFWG Past President Patrice Wellesley-Cole

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The Day of the Girl, 2021

According to a report of UNICEF, sexism and unequal distribution of tasks begin at a very young age. According to a charity, a girl gets married in every seven seconds in the world.

In Turkey, 29 percent of the population consists of girls. The number of girls who have been forced into marriage and become mothers in the last 6 years is quite high compared to the 'official' figures that can be detected. Since these children are deprived of their right to education, they start life unequipped and often become victims of violence.

Turkish Association of University Women carries out active projects with its branches.

Within the framework of Istanbul branch’s FRIENDSHIP BRIDGE project, which has been going on for 10 years, they supported over a thousand very successful female university students. They are happy to increase the number of their students they have given scholarships to over 350 this year.

They say: We are proud to announce a special Project outcome in the Day of The Girl; During the summer vacation, our students worked with children between the ages of 10-13 in their home towns. Their aim was to be a role model for adolescent girls and enable them to make future plans for higher education. They built bridges of hope.

This year, 233 students trained by Prof. Zuhal Baltaş and her team within the framework of 4 different social responsibility projects. The students have taken 34 training courses on different subjects such as; gender equality and Women, vision, mission and values, living in a Sustainable environment, relations between generations, struggling with stress, body language and empathy. In the light of the trainings, they built bridges of hope with 959 children in 166 different villages/town of our country in their home towns (mostly rural).

Our students read books to them and talked about the importance of gender equality, environment, protecting nature and animals and most importantly having a profession.

They successfully realized the Project and tried to make them dream, and set Goals for the future.

International Day of the Girl 2021 toolkit

Given the numerous requests for a Graduate Women International (GWI) International Day of the Girl 2021 toolkit, GWI has once again produced a comprehensive toolkit for your use and wide distribution.

The 2021 theme is Digital generation. Our generation.

The GWI international network of graduate women can mobilise and pave the path for girls and young women to realise their digital potential and influence.

Together, let’s widen these pathways so that this generation of girls can become a generation of technology influencers.

In the toolkit are social media posts for easily download and posting as well as connections to the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals, advocacy ideas, and more.  

Women Graduates USA AGM

Women Graduates-USA will conduct its AGM in October and members from across the globe are invited to attend a Zoom pre-AGM event on Oct 16 with an impressive nationally recognized speaker, Dr. Elizabeth Ferris.

She is currently a Research Professor with the Institute for the Study of International Migration at Georgetown University in Washington D.C.  Dr Ferris also has served as Senior Advisor to the UN General Assembly's Summit for Refugees and Migrants and a Senior Fellow and co-director of the Brookings-LSE Project on Internal Displacement, She spent 20 years working in the field of humanitarian assistance, most recently in Geneva, Switzerland at the World Council of Churches.

She has written extensively on humanitarian issues, including Consequences of Chaos: Syria’s Humanitarian Crisis and the Failure to Protect, with Kemal Kirsici (Brookings Institution Press, 2016). Her latest book – Refugees, Migration and Global Governance: Negotiating the Global Compacts (with Katharine Donato) was published by Routledge in July 2019.

United Nations 31st International Day of Elder Persons

In recognition of this important date, the Canadian Federation of University Women: Moncton and Montreal South Shore Clubs invite GWI members from around the world to a conversation about the elder care issues that have arisen from the pandemic.  The chat titled:

“What Works/What Should Change in Services and Supports for Elder Persons”

will be held by ZOOM on Friday, 1 October 2021 from 4:00 - 5:30 pm CEST

If you cannot see the login details, please login to the BFWG website first.

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Connecting Across Generations

As part of the “Connecting Across Generations” webinar series, Graduate Women International (GWI) Young Member Network (YMN) will hold on Saturday, 18 September 2021, 4-5:30pm Central European Summer Time (CEST), a webinar on “International Day of Peace: Celebrations Across Generations”.

All members of GWI are welcome.

Join us for an interactive session creating meaningful intergenerational connections.

Register here:

WE EMPOWER G7 Newsletter

Welcome to the WE EMPOWER-G7 and Women's Economic Principles' May 2021 Newsletter! In this edition, we are pleased to share information about our upcoming webinar, Spotlight on Spain, our WEPs Brochure with WEPs Reporting guidelines, WEPs Learn modules, and other resources from our partners.

The WE EMPOWER G7 team is grateful to the European Union for their support to this work.

Upcoming Webinars


 Parentsmart Employers - Getting the Return on Investment

03 June 2021, 10:00 AM EST

This dialogue will introduce the idea of how to be Parentsmart at work, and what Parentsmart employers can gain from supporting working parents, both in terms of competence development as well as other wins and KPIs. It will also provide insights on how to engage leaders and role models.

The session will feature Tiina Bruno, Founder of the Swedish concept Parentsmart Employers, and Katarina Matson, Culture and Diversity at Volvo Cars.

Click here to register.

#WeLearn: Being Successful with Engaging Presentations

On 22 April 2021, the WE EMPOWER-G7 Programme hosted Being Successful with Engaging Presentations. The learning session was designed to learn how different storytelling techniques, presentation materials, and delivery styles can improve how one give engaging presentations to others.

This session is a collaboration between WE EMPOWER-G7 Programme and Google Digital Garage.

To view the recording, click here.

WEPs Learn


WEPs Learn

WEPs Learn offers learning opportunities for WEPs signatories to deepen their implementation of the Women’s Empowerment Principles. The lessons are designed to give gender advocates more confidence, be more assertive, lead gender equality initiatives within their organizations and assess new opportunities.

For more information and to enroll, click here.

Knowledge Products


Spain: Gender Equality Plans, Equal Pay and Pay Transparency

The Spotlight on Public Policy provides an overview of key legislation of the Government of Spain to drive companies to advance gender equality, including through equal treatment and opportunities at work and pay transparency. The provision obliges companies with 50 or more workers to adopt gender equality plans.

To read the policy paper, click here.

Case Study: Natura &Co. Closing the Gender Pay Gap Globally

The case study on Natura &Co highlights how the company addresses the gender pay gap and unconscious bias through employee training and education and by monitoring their progress.

To read the case study, click here.

Empowering Women at Work: Company Policies and Practices for Gender Equality

The first report of the Empowering Women at Work series of the WE EMPOWER-G7 Programme presents key guiding frameworks and illustrative policies and practices for companies to promote gender equality at work.

Click here to read the full report. Also available in French.

Empowering women at work: Trade union policies and practices for gender equality

This paper outlines key areas where trade unions are addressing the barriers that women face in the labour market and in employment, and underlines the fact that gender equality is union business.

Click here to read the full report. Also available in French.

Empowering Women at Work: Policies and practices for gender equality in supply chains

The report, based on secondary research, analyses international and regional trends in responsible supply chain management from a gender perspective.

Click here to read the full report. Also available in French.

Empowering women at work: Government laws and policies for gender equality

This report examines how governments can design and implement policies that promote a future of work that is gender-responsive by design and is anchored in social justice and decent work principles.

Click here to read the full report.

Policy Templates


Domestic violence template

This domestic violence Policy and Procedure Template aims to assist WEPs signatories in recognizing and assessing the risks of workplace-related domestic violence, and spot signs of domestic violence. It also aims to help signatories establish clear guidelines for supporting employees who are victims and survivors of domestic violence. The text can be used as is or customized according to your company’s requirements.

To access the template, click here.

Gender-based violence and harassment at work policy template

This gender-based violence and harassment Policy Template assists WEPs signatories to recognize and assess the risks of workplace-based violence and harassment on the basis of gender. It establish clear guidelines for employees to report incidents of violence and harassment. The text can be used as is or customized according to your company’s requirements.

To access the template, click here.

WEPs Resources


WEPs Brochure

The WEPs Brochure is a toolkit for Signatories at all stages of the WEPs Journey, from companies first learning about the WEPs to current Signatories looking to advance their work on gender equality and women’s empowerment.

Click here to find out more!

WEPs Reporting Guidelines

Tracking performance and progress towards gender equality and women’s economic empowerment is a core value of the WEPs since it allows companies to uphold their commitments to gender equality in the workplace, marketplace, and community.

Click here to access the step-by-step guide!

WEPs e-mail signature

WEPs Signatories can now add our logo to their e-mail signatures to show their commitment to #GenderEquality! Please feel free to add the download the logo and help us spread the word.

You can find the logo here.

Recordings of WE EMPOWER-G7 webinars


Women’s Empowerment Principles – A conversation about transparency and accountability


This event is a conversation with WEPs signatories on their policies and practices in collecting data and monitoring performance on gender equality and women's empowerment. It will also discuss how investing in reliable and measurable data collection helps illuminate the reality of gender equality in the company.

Click here to watch!

Principle 7 - Measurement and Reporting


This webinar focuses on seventh Women's Empowerment Principle: Measurement and Reporting. UN Women presented an overview of Principle 7, the WEPs transparency and accountability framework and the WEPs Reporting platform. The Norwegian company, Storebrand, presented how they have chosen to work with Principle 7, strategies they have developed and challenges they experienced along the way.

Click here to watch the recording!

From Our Partners:


Women's economic empowerment in fisheries in the blue economy of the Indian Ocean Rim: A baseline report

UN Women, in partnership with the International Collective in Support of Fisheries, is pleased to present a report on “Women's economic empowerment in fisheries in the blue economy of the Indian Ocean Rim: A baseline report." This report is part of UN Women’s "Promoting Women's Economic Empowerment in the Indian Ocean Rim" project supported by the Australian Government Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, implemented in collaboration with the Indian Ocean Rim Association.

Click here to read the full report with recommendations.

Universal basic income: Potential and limitations from a gender perspective

Over the past decades, universal basic income (UBI) has repeatedly been put forward as a means to address increasing labour market precarity, jobless growth, and rising poverty and inequality. Most recently, proponents have argued that UBI could provide much-needed protection in the face of economic, environmental, and health crises, such as COVID-19.

Click here to read the full report.

UN Global Compact Leaders Summit

More than 25,000 leading figures in business, government and civil society will come together virtually for the UN Global Compact 2021 Leaders Summit on 15-16 June to accelerate strategic collective action on the SDGs. High on the agenda is a look at how much progress is being made and where gaps in practices and private sector investments need to be addressed. The Leaders Summit will chase the sun over 26 hours of continuous programming, one time zone to the next to help unite business for a better world.

Register here.

Best small business: good food for all competition

The UN Food Systems Summit competition ‘Best small business: Good food for all’ will identify the best small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) from across the world transforming food systems for a better tomorrow. The competition will uncover not only the small businesses and their employees who are leading the charge for more sustainable, inclusive and resilient food systems, but also the ways in which they can be supported to scale up their trades sustainably.

Click here to find out more.

Webinar Recording

Webinar Recording

GWI Membership Marketplace NFA-to-NFA "Afghan Peace Negotiations: Their Perilous Significance for Women in Afghanistan" Webinar on 24 April 2021, organized by the Canadian Federation of University Women (CFUW) and GWI Netherlands (GWI-NL).

Roundtable: “Young Women leading Tech & Innovation”

The leaders of the Action Coalition on Technology and Innovation for Gender Equality are organizing a roundtable to invite and involve youth organizations in the development of the Action Coalition blueprint.

This will be the opportunity from youth all around the world to share their point of view, experiences, ideas and contributions. 

Four young women leading technology and innovation will present their work and share their vision on how we can collectively make change happen through the coalition.

Concept note and agenda to follow. Register here

How to contribute?

The roundtable will include a community activity: the Innovate 2021 artwork. This will set the stage for a collective vision of young people to be shared at the beginning of the session. This shared vision from the community of girls and young women shifting the landscape of technology and innovation will set the positive ambition for our goals and dreams in the New Year.

We invite girls and young women to submit visual artwork to share your reflection and dreams for technology and innovation in 2021. This artwork will show the shift away from what did not work in 2020 and innovate a fresh outlook for 2021.

Kindly provide a drawing, picture, or brief text (1 - 2 sentences) representing what you want to move on to in 2021.

Send your contributions to:

Please include your full name, country, and descriptive title for your submission.

We shall put all submissions received into a collage that will be presented at the start of the Youth Roundtable.

Participants will be invited to further describe their contributions to the collage. We want to hear from you.

Deadline: 20 January 2020

GWI Bonus Webinar Education

GWI Bonus Webinar

Education and Covid-19: What are teaching and schools to be like going forward?

The GWI Education Committee organised a bonus webinar in the Autumn Webinar series on the 19th November 2020. Despite being early hours (7am) on a weekday, I was able to participate with Jenny Morley and some other BFWG members. Shirley Gillette, the convenor of the Education Committee, introduced the effects of Covid-19 and lockdown on learning institutions and overviewed the classical education theories – pedagogies from Plato to Vygotsky. The future of schools is likely to involve more online learning which will also change the job scenario at schools, involving more staff with technological skills. 

Shaila Rao Mistry from the STEM Institute California spoke about Responsive Education – a Futurist Perspective. Covid-19 has moved education to distance learning and exposed cataclysmic changes and social injustice by heavily relying on technology. Changing work forces need continuous learning. The current systemic gaps that we need to overcome are – perspective gap, capability gap, agility gap and delivery gap. The future is now, and the alternative model needs to be adapted. What can we do as GWI: advocacy, influence policy makers, interdisciplinary collaboration, cross-sector teamwork, serve in decision-making, global education projects, countries helping countries etc.?

The participants were randomly assigned to break-out groups for 15 minutes to discuss the questions mentioned below:

  1. What do you personally believe the main focus of education should be? What do you believe is the strongest: traditional classroom learning or IT based student led/directed learning?
  2. How has Covid-19 affected educational settings in schools in your experience?
  3. Future wise how do you imagine schools will look? What will be the role of teachers?

The groups had to assign a chair who could feedback into the main session. Summary of the key points from the groups:

  1. Sustainable blended learning/a hybrid model with classroom learning combined with online learning
  2. Socialising is necessary especially for young children who are learning the skill
  3. Laboratory based learning is difficult in online learning
  4. Teachers need to develop skills to deliver the hybrid model
  5. Discipline aspect of classroom will be critical
  6. Children from less advantaged background do not have access to resources for online learning
  7. Parents also needs to up-skill themselves to adapt to home-based online learning

Confidence Dikgole presented the South African context of the practical impact of Covid-19 on education policy. There are deeper socio-economic disparities and the schooling system contributed to the dilemma in policy positions. There are national policies for public and independent schools and developed with the influence of teacher unions as well as stakeholder consultations. 

The webinar was interesting – from theory of education to future of education and policy making. Food for thought as we face continuous lockdown situations resulting interruption on traditional education system in our country too! Break-out groups were fantastic, and Jenny Morley (BFWG CIR) mentioned that she particularly enjoyed the variety in her group. Recording of the event is available on request, please let me know if you need credentials to access it.

Sudha Srivastava

(Alternate CIR)


A New way to learn

We are proud to introduce a new online learning platform to help share some of the tools of career success! It's called WEPs Learn.

The platform is easy to use and courses are available at your fingertips anytime.

The WEPs Learn courses and boosters strives to equip women and young women around the world with new skills, capacities, and hands-on learning from leading experts.

2020 Scholarship Awards for Women Doctoral Students

Scholarship Awards for Women Doctoral Students for the year 2020/2021

BFWG Prizes are awarded in competition to female 3rd Year Ph.D. students of any nationality studying at a British University.

The Majorie Shaw Prize

Dr Majorie Shaw was Senior Lecturer in the Department of French at Sheffield University, and warden of a hall of residence. She was a member of the Academic Awards Committee and a Vice-President of the Federation.

Grahaigh Cordwell, Faculty of Music, University of Oxford

£4,000 scholarship awarded for research into:

 Music, Humanitarianism & the Syrian refugee experience.

Kathleen Hall Prize

Dr Kathleen Hall had a particular interest in the education of girls and women in or from countries of low per capita income. She was secretary of the Academic Awards Committee.

Julia Modern, Department of Social Anthropology, University of Cambridge

£4,000 scholarship awarded for research into

The Disability Rights Movement in Bunyoro, Uganda:  Human Rights, Value and Negotiations of Belonging.

Eila Campbell Prize

Eila Campbell (1915-1994) was a leading figure in the study of Geography, and in BFUW. She became a long-standing member of the Academic Awards Committee. She was a stalwart of Birkbeck College, starting as an undergraduate while working as a teacher. She liked to boast that there was no job in the Department of Geography that she had not tackled, working her way through posts as demonstrator, assistant lecturer, full lecturer, and in 1970 Professor of Geography and Head of Department and, after retirement, Emeritus Professor.

Nefeli Pirée Iliou, Institute of Archaeology, University of Oxford/p>

£4,000 scholarship awarded for research into

Constructing Roman Rural Estate in a north western Greek setting.  Rural economy and society in Roman Epirus ca. 2nd Century BC to 4th Century AD.

M H Joseph Prize

Miss Helen Joseph was an early graduate of Bedford College, London, and set up a prize for students of architecture or engineering in 1962.

Catherine Richards, Department of Engineering, University of Cambridge

£4,000 scholarship awarded for research into

The existential threat of climate change, societal collapse as a novel lens for tangible communications and risk-based prioritisation of interventions.

May Whiteley Prize

May Whiteley (1866-1956) was an important figure in the history of women in chemistry in the UK. Together with Ida Smedley Maclean she spearheaded the movement for women to gain admission to the Chemical Society. May Whiteley spent her entire career at Imperial College, ultimately becoming Assistant Professor of Chemistry. During the First World War she led a team of women chemists to synthesise beta-eucaine, a local anaesthetic, for which she was awarded on OBE.

Cristina Cecchetti, Department of Life Sciences, Imperial College London

£2,000 scholarship awarded for research into

Structural & functional studies of plant and fungal secondary active transporters.

Johnstone & Florence Stoney Prize

Florence and Edith Stoney were two of the more remarkable figures from the early days of the Federation, even amongst a group of such remarkable women. They were the daughters of Johnstone Stoney, professor of physics at Trinity College, Dublin, and best known for introducing the term ‘electron’. Florence, born in 1870 became the UK’s first female radiologist founding the x-ray departments at both the Royal Free and the Elizabeth Garrett Anderson hospitals in London. Edith, two years younger, studied mathematics at Newnham College, Cambridge, achieving the position of 17th wrangler (but of course no degree). She became head of physics at the London School of Medicine for Women. Edith was a founder member of BFUW and became its first Treasurer in 1909. Florence was also an early member.

Stephanie Doebl, Institute of Applied Health Sciences, School of Medicine, Medical Sciences & Nutrition, University of Aberdeen

£2,000 scholarship awarded for research into

Designing effective healthcare services for patients with fibromyalgia.

Ruth Bowden Prize

Professor Ruth Bowden was the first woman to become the Sir William Collins Professor of Anatomy at the Royal College of Surgeons. She was a member of the BFWG Academic Awards Committee and the IFUW Fellowships Committee.

Elizabeth Evens, Institute of the Americas, University College London

£2,000 scholarship awarded for research into

‘Regulating Women’:  Professional women and the surveillance of female reproduction and sexuality in the later nineteenth and early twentieth centuries.

Margaret K B Day Prize

Margaret (Peggy) Day read physics at St Hilda’s Oxford, and the pursued a career in industry. She was Treasurer of BFWG.

Daniela Köck, Department of Physics & Astronomy, School of Mathematical &Y Physical Sciences, University of Sussex

£2,000 scholarship awarded for research into

Search for supersymmetry at ATLAS in final states with tau leptons.

Eleanor Rathbone Prize

Eleanor Rathbone (May 1872 to January 1946) was an independent British member of parliament and long-term campaigner for family allowance and for women’s rights. She was a member of the noted Rathbone family of Liverpool.

Denied an Oxford degree by her gender, she was one of the steamboat ladies who travelled to Ireland between 1904 and 1907 to receive an ad eundem University of Dublin degree (at Trinity College Dublin). In 1905 she assisted in establishing the School of Social Science at the University of Liverpool, where she lectured in public administration.

In 1897, Rathbone became the Honorary Secretary of the Liverpool Women's Suffrage Society Executive Committee in which she focussed on campaigning for women to get the right to vote.

Nahema Marchal, Oxford Internet Institute, University of Oxford

£2,000 scholarship awarded for research into

Feeds of discord?  Exploring the implications of online political communications for affective polarisation.

Beryl Mavis Green Prize

Dr Beryl Green was a head teacher before gaining a PhD in architecture. She was deeply religious and had a great love of the fine arts.

Nicôle Meehan, School of Art History, Museum & Gallery Studies

£2,000 scholarship awarded for research into

The digital museum object & transcultural memory after the post-digital turn.

Mary Bradburn Prize

Dr Mary Bradburn was a mathematician, who spent most of her academic life in the mathematics department of Royal Holloway College. She was also convener of the Academic Awards Committee.

Christina Zou, Mathematical Institute, University of Oxford

£2,000 scholarship awarded for research into

Existence, construction and optimality of solutions to the Skorokhod embedding problem for Markov processes.

GWI 16 Days of Activism Against GBV Toolkit

GWI marks the 16 Days of Activism Against GBV Campaign with an exclusive advocacy toolkit

This year, GWI joins hands with the global movement to end GBV by taking part in the 16 Days of Activism, an annual movement aiming to eliminate all forms of violence against women and girls around the world. Beginning today, with the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women and concluding with Human Rights Day on 10 December, the Campaign unites the voices of millions of women and girls to raise awareness about GBV, work to eliminate all forms of GBV and demand equal protection and full access to fundamental human rights of safety and education.

The aim of the 2020 GWI 16 Days of Activism Toolkit is to raise awareness about and advocate for the elimination of all forms of GBV in public and private spheres through a united , global voice and to guide GWI members along their path to strategic advocacy against GBV. GBV is not an emerging issue for GWI. However, the sudden and severe increase of GBV occurrences in the context of the current global COVID-19 pandemic is raising it to an unprecedented level of emergency. The commitment of all GWI members and followers is critical to support the extraordinary women and girls around the world who are fighting back against GBV every day. This interactive toolkit includes impactful and easy-to-use resources. GWI members and followers can participate in this international movement by creating their own strategic advocacy plan, tailored to the context and needs of their local and national communities.

100 year anniversary of the formal admission of women at Oxford University

Women were first granted full membership to the University on 7 October 1920 and then, one week later, were given the right to be awarded degrees.

Women students who had been denied a degree since the late 1870s began to return to the University to claim them.

To mark the importance of this event in Oxford’s history, the ‘Women Making History Centenary’ campaign will run throughout this academic year, across the colleges and University.

Young Members Network Virtual Townhall Meeting

GWI YMN hosted a virtual Townhall meeting on Saturday 3rd October 2020. There were about 60 participants registered from across the globe.

The session started with the opening remarks by GWI Executive Director, Stacy Dry Lara, followed by GWI Vice-President Eileen Focke-Bakker. Eileen reminded us a strong history of the GWI and founding members in 1919 – Dean Virginia Gildersleeve, Rose Sidgwick and Professor Caroline Spurgeon (the first President of IFUW). The founders believed that by fostering friendship and understanding we could create a peaceful, just and fair society.

GWI YMN Vice-President, Sudha Srivastava, welcomed the young members and observers on behalf of the YMN Board. She provided a brief history and purpose of the YMN, its mission and the current leadership. She elaborated the purpose of the meeting – to understand common and diverse issues arising for GWI young members around the globe during COVID-19.

The meeting further led by another member of the YMN board to discuss the three themes in breakout rooms:

  1. Opportunities provided by COVID-19
  2. New Challenges arising from COVID-19
  3. Existing issues that COVID-19 has made more challenging

The result from the breakout summaries showed members having mostly common experiences. To summarise:

  1. Opportunities:
  • Mostly felt that the pandemic provided the opportunity to have more quality time with family especially young children
  • Technological innovations to help keep going
  • Businesses saving money by going virtual
  • New virtual learning opportunities
  1. Challenges:
  • Balancing education, work and family life
  • Job losses
  • Keeping up with technology and less resources in poorer areas
  1. Existing issues worsened during COVID-19:
  • Rise in domestic violence cases
  •  Rise in divorce cases
  • Increased sexual violence
  • Kidnapping (especially mentioned by a member from Nigeria where poverty and job loss made it worse during COVID-19 that kidnapping increased to get ransom)

A poll was created to find out the priorities for YMN to work on this triennium. Options listed below:

  • Mentorship programme (to both learn and teach, flexible short- or long-term connections, also intergenerational)
  • Boot camp/conference for YMN (an in-person meeting for YMN to come together and focus on a specific theme)
  • Virtual meetings/quarterly town halls (regular meetings in this format, focused on particular themes or outcomes of this meeting
  • Advocacy campaigns (driven by and relevant to YMN)
  • Contributing to GWI policy/position papers (in particular, develop a YMN position paper to officially embed the YMN within the GWI constitution)

Most people voted for virtual meetings option followed by mentorship and policy papers.

The meeting was one of its kind and provided opportunity for young members to come together to get to know each other and share common experiences. Concluded with a message that even living in a restricted world, women are unstoppable!

Sudha Srivastava,

Alternate CIR/CER


World Teacher’s Day

5th October 2020
Every year, Graduate Women International (GWI) joins the international community in celebrating World Teachers' Day (WTD). Since 1994, WTD celebrates the anniversary of the signing of the 1966 ILO/UNESCO Recommendation concerning the Status of Teachers, which set forth the rights and responsibilities of teachers as well as their standards of employment and work.

WTD further commemorates the adoption of the 1997 UNESCO Recommendation concerning the status of highereducation teaching personnel, which sets forth the rights and responsibilities of higher education teaching and research personnel.

GWI Membership Marketplace Launch

Thank you again for your participation in the GWI Membership Marketplace Launch Webinar on Saturday 12 September 2020! We were excited to see to see such great participation and enthusiasm for the Membership Marketplace.

Thank you to all who filled out the satisfaction survey. Overall, 86% of participants rated the GWI Membership Marketplace Pilot Programme as “Excellent” or “Very Good”.


Below are the slides and chat transcript of the webinar.

The full recording of the webinar is available HERE.


If you cannot see the password for the video below,  please login to view it.


Student earns prestigious award

Stefanie Doebl - awarded the 2020 British Federation of Women Graduates (BFWG) Johnstone & Florence Stoney Prize.

Stefanie Doebl has earned a prestigious award for her work on ‘misunderstood’ pain syndrome.


An Aberdeen student has been awarded a prestigious prize recognising ‘outstanding academic excellence in postgraduate researchers’ for her work on one of the least understood pain syndromes in medicine today.

Stefanie Doebl, who is in the third year of a PhD based in the Epidemiology Group within the School of Medicine, Medical Sciences and Nutrition, was awarded the 2020 British Federation of Women Graduates (BFWG) Johnstone & Florence Stoney Prize.

She was selected for the award for the quality of her research into fibromyalgia, a chronic condition which causes pain around the body, muscle stiffness and fatigue.

It is estimated that between 1.5-2 million people in the UK suffer from fibromyalgia but it remains poorly understood. There is no cure for fibromyalgia but there are therapeutic treatments that can reduce the impact of fibromyalgia symptoms on a person’s life.

Stefanie conducted a range of interviews and a survey with people with fibromyalgia with the aim of finding new ways to improve healthcare delivery for patients.

She drew on her background as a social worker to better understand the experiences of those with the chronic condition.

Stefanie said: “I spent more than a decade in social work with much of the time focused on primary health care and community mental health. I wanted to use my knowledge and experiences for health services research.

“It quickly became apparent that when it comes to designing better healthcare services, there is a real need for improvement for those with fibromyalgia. There is still limited awareness and understanding about this condition, its impact on people’s lives and their healthcare needs.”

Stefanie, who was able to embark on her PhD thanks to an Institute of Applied Health Sciences (IAHS) Studentship and Elphinstone Scholarship from the University of Aberdeen, was interviewed by a panel of distinguished women from a range of academic and professional fields before being selected as an award recipient.
She added: “It felt amazing and really special to me personally to be chosen whilst competing with incredibly talented female students across all fields of research.

“Despite the competition, it was a very friendly atmosphere and it has been an honour to see my work chosen by a panel made up of such inspirational women.

“I am delighted that they saw the importance and value of my research and its potential to have a really positive impact on healthcare delivery for fibromyalgia.”

The Prize follows a long line of awards for Stefanie, who is only the second person in her extended family to go to university, and the first to undertake a PhD.

Last year she won the inaugural Images of Research competition hosted by the Postgraduate Research School at the University of Aberdeen and was shortlisted for the 2020 Principal's Excellence Awards.

“Up until a few years ago, I never imagined I would do research but while working in primary health care social work, I realised the very limited research available for my field and saw the potential to improve this. Allied health professionals have an enormous amount of knowledge, skills and experiences which could help to improve services across the whole healthcare system.

“But I couldn’t have done it without the IAHS Studentship and Elphinstone Scholarship. I’ve also been awarded IAHS Staff Development funds twice to enable me to present at conferences and received a Santander Mobility Award 2020 from the University of Aberdeen. These kinds of support and the BFWG award have allowed me to take my PhD journey even further.”

“The support from my supervisors has been amazing and I would encourage other allied health professionals thinking about doing research to go for it. Having people from a variety of professions makes health services research stronger and more representative.”

Stefanie’s supervisors Professor Gary Macfarlane and Dr Rosemary Hollick said: “We are delighted at this award for Stefanie which reflects the fact that her study is the first of its kind in this common condition and the fact that she has worked incredibly hard”.

Stefanie’s research provides the foundation for a major programme of work, namely ‘PAtient-centred Care for Fibromyalgia: New pathway Design’ (PACFIND), which aims to develop a new model of care for fibromyalgia not only in the UK but also internationally. The wider study was awarded a £1.3 million programme grant from Versus Arthritis (formerly Arthritis Research UK). Further, Stefanie’s qualitative interviews will be used to construct a new section for fibromyalgia on the award-winning website

BFWG Scholarship Fund

Urban Security Governance in Janakpur, Nepal

Mireille Widmer
PhD researcher


GWI/BFWG Majorie Shaw Fellowship 2019