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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: anouchka.dybal@unwomen.org.

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.

The Power of Working Together

On 10 December 2002, UN Women hosted a high-level Forum with G7-EU stakeholders focusing on women’s economic empowerment and responsible business conduct.

The Forum was organized in the context of the joint WE EMPOWER-G7 Programme of UN Women, European Union (EU) and the ILO. Members of WE EMPOWER-G7’s advisory groups from Canada, Japan and the U.S. have also been in attendance.

The Forum celebrated the successes of the Programme and the momentum that it has generated towards the transformation needed to achieve gender equality and women’s empowerment.

The three-hour Forum featured the launch of the WEPs Learn, the documentary film “The Power of Partnerships for Achieving Gender Equality” and will reveal the 2020 WEPs G7-EU Award winners.

Please visit weps.org/event/power-working to watch the newly uploaded recording of the event.

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.

The Women’s Library and Archival Research

Here is a summary of information from The Women’s History Network which you may like to check out if it’s not already familiar to you.

https://womenshistorynetwork.org

Although you may know that universities are remaining open in the current lockdown The (TWL) Women’s Library Reading Room (at the LSE Library) is closed to all.

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 www.healthtalk.org.

BFWG Scholarship Fund

Urban Security Governance in Janakpur, Nepal

Mireille Widmer
PhD researcher

 

GWI/BFWG Majorie Shaw Fellowship 2019

BFWG Research Proposal approved

BFWG Research proposal has been approved and now we need you!

As already announced the BFWG theme for the year has been – Bias against women in the workplace and how education can help them to overcome it.

We now have approval to proceed and the research title is :

Women’s experience of bias in the workplace: the impact of education – an exploratory study.

We are looking for:

1. Women who are working and have some responsibility for others, not themselves being brand new to the world of work.

2. Companies that offer anti-bias training,  either in-house to their employees or commercially offering taught programmed or online ones on overcoming and understanding bias for a variety of companies and work situations.

3. YOU! Please can you ask around for friends or family who have been subjected as a woman, to biased responses at work.

Please could you interview 1 person or 1 company representative in your area. The forms, consent paper, research explanations on how to conduct a case study interview, a guidance paper for interviewers and a report form for your findings are already prepared and ready for use.

NB We are not including university women as we found out a great deal about their problems last year. We need women from other types of employment who have some experience in their jobs.

Report forms for findings are ready too. This venture could really be of interest to Independents who told me at last year’s AGM that BFWG should be more involved in national concerns about women. Here is your opportunity to be involved and make a difference.

It is not important to have undertaken research previously, just to be ready to have a go and enjoy listening to another woman’s story.

Please contact me with offers of help or questions but please consider getting involved Looking forward to hearing from you I hope many will have a go as many hands etc.

The results – we hope to publish and report at a conference and also to do a press release.

Contact me gillian.hilton@bfwg.org.uk

UWE 2020 AGM in Paris

The Board of the University Women of Europe (UWE) have decided to cancel the 2020 AGM in Paris, and instead conduct a virtual AGM on Saturday 19th September.

The BFWG President and I hope to attend via Zoom. If LA’s or Independent Members have issues they wish raised please notify me on jmmorley@bfwg.org.uk.

There should have been elections for Vice Presidents this year but it has been declared ‘Une année blanche’ (Blank year) meaning that all the Board continue in position for an extra year.

The AFFDU, French Association Centennial Celebrations are also postponed, so no dinner with music on the Seine.

Jenny M Morley, CER

Canterbury LA: International fund-raising

Canterbury LA: international fund-raising
Canterbury LA: international fund-raising

In recent years, Canterbury’s international fund-raising has focused on the Hegg Hoffet fund, largely thanks to Christel Moor holding an event every International Women’s Day. In 2018, we raised £278 for HH, in 2019 we raised £115 for HH & this year we have raised £100 for HH. The photos taken by Edwina Neal show an event at Christel’s home.

The Hegg-Hoffet Fund

The Hegg-Hoffet Fund helps refugee graduate women to work in their new country by funding a necessary course, such as professional upgrade or language training.  It is administered by a Committee of Graduate Women International and the funds are held by them in Geneva.

The money comes from the shop held at the GWI Triennial Conference and from donations from members around the world.  It is a valuable part of GWI’s work on a very personal basis and a way for members to take part wherever they live.

In BFWG, the Bring and Buy or the Raffle at the AGM and Conference is allocated to the Hegg-Hoffet Fund, while Christel Moor collects on behalf of the Fund and welcomes contributions at any time from Regions, Local Associations or individual members.

Further details are at

https://graduatewomen.org/what-we-do/grants-fellowships/hegg-hoffet/

Dame Mary Beard in conversation

Dame Mary Beard in conversation with BFWG video

If you would like to view the Mary Beard video recording, please email Sarah Claydon at sarahclaydon@bfwg.org.uk and she will send you a link to the Zoom video.

The video format is mp4 file and as the file is almost 1GB you may be unable to view it on some devices.

4.30pm – 6pm, Tuesday 28th July 2020

Members only

We are delighted to be able to invite you to take part in an online event with Dame Mary Beard, one of the country’s best known academics.  Mary, Professor of Classics at the University of Cambridge, is author of numerous books and papers, well known from television appearances and received a damehood in 2018 for services to classical civilisations.

Mary’s first major book was Rome in the Late Republic (1985) and her last How Do We Look? The Eye of Faith (2018) with many significant works in between on classical civilisations and their art.  And beyond the classics her works include The Good Working Mother’s Guide (1989), Women and Power: A Manifesto (2017) and some of her famous blogs in book form, It’s a Don’s Life (2009) and All in a Don’s Day (2012).  I know many of you will be more than familiar with her work and long running blog/pieces in the Times Literary Supplement and there is a plethora online.

The event will be based around questions, sent in ahead to me, which will be put on behalf of members by our President, Patrice Wellesley-Cole.  There should also be an opportunity to put further questions at the time as discussion develops.

Where a question is put by one person, their name (and LA/location) will be read out by Patrice.  Where similar questions are put by a number of members I will draft the final form and we won’t, if you don’t mind, run through multiple names.  On booking, along with the event link, I will send a very short Zoom meeting protocol, to ensure that the whole thing runs as smoothly as possible, whilst giving members a voice.

CAWG Zoom Meeting

CAWG Zoom meeting 18th June 2020

17 people joined in this first Zoom meeting. Edwina Neal, as host, welcomed everyone with apologies from Jennie Landsberg, Gill Samuels, Mildred Ryder and Krysia Yardley. Edwina explained that this is a trial run, to assess how we manage Zoom. We may need torun our monthly meetings in this way at least during the autumn. If we have to payspeakers fees, we will have to decide about meeting charges, and how to collect them.A provisional programme has been prepared for next year. All the speakers are prepared to deliver Zoom lectures. Details of the programme will be emailed to members with the Membership renewal forms at the end of August.

The Summer Lunch, scheduled for July 26th, at Janet Bentley’s, was mentioned in the following discussions, when Barbara suggested that perhaps we could have a picnic. Janet explained that the committee had given this careful consideration, but even a picnic format would present too many problems. Such an event would be dependent on the weather, and we would be widely scattered around the garden. At present we can only allow 6 people to meet anyway, but that could change.

If regulations permit, we may be able to hold one or more smaller events in the autumn.

Christel Moor updated us about some National concerns.

Jennie had participated in a Zoom meeting for LA presidents. The Worcester Association does not plan to continue as a member of BFWG, but Patrice Wellesley-Cole, (National President) hopes to visit them and discuss the problems.

Mary Beard, noted historian and broadcaster, has offered a free Q&A session for all members of BFWG on July 28th, from 4.30-6.00pm. Questions should be submitted to Carrie de Silva by July 21st. A letter explaining this has since been sent to all members of BFWG.

National AGM will be conducted by email. The reports are on the website. If you need a login, email to ‘office@bfwg.org.uk’,

The Winchester Association has suggested a joint meeting/lunch with Canterbury when we can visit places, at a joint venue mutually convenient.  Later in the meeting, Aisha confirmed that the European meeting planned for Paris in September has been cancelled. Elections have been held over for 12 months.

Members were then asked in turn to share any “lock down experiences”

Geraldine Deas spoke about a television programme “Unprecedented”.

Dorothea Pragnell had spent all the time at home, getting a lot of gardening done She had also followed A television programme, “History of a House,” about Bristol property connected with the slave trade, which was particularly relevant at present. (I was born and brought up in Bristol, and my mother before me, so this programme was particularly interesting. I know the location of the house and was ashamed to realise how little I knew about the slave trade, other than the fact that much of the city’s wealth came from tobacco and chocolate. Bristol University had large endowments from these industries, and if I had done well enough in the 11+, I might have attended Colston Girls School! – Janet B)

Amal Garnham has not been out at all. Occupied herself with her garden, and television. She has also been doing online courses, one, upcoming, entitled ‘Out of Africa’ and another on the playwright and novelist Patrick Hamilton.

Barbara Jackson told us that her garden looks better than ever, but they miss the theatre and cinema. Barbara and Graham have been learning about on-line shopping, after the first attempt took 2 hours. Also engaged with the streaming services from St Stephens Church. The Evensong has been particularly successful, and now has 400-500 viewers.

Janet Bentley. Time has passed surprisingly quickly. A lot of clearing out projects have not been done, but we have done a lot in the garden, and are now picking some soft fruit and vegetables. We have made regular walks around Blean orchards and woods, which has been delightful, and have found places that we did not know existed, after 40 years living here. This week we ventured as far as Walmer for a picnic on the beach.

Ann Temple waiting for a pacemaker to be fitted, which she hopes will happen in about three weeks’ time, therefore she has not left her flat, and has relied on help from her family. She has been knitting for a local church charity, 17 hats, 9 children’s jumpers, and is delighted the wool shop opposite her flat is now open.

Aldwyth Garside, has been reading ” the Way we Live Now” by Trollop. Going for walks. Also had an eye test recently and was pleased to see all the health precautions taken by the opticians. They follow services from St Thomas church, on-line. She misses her choir but has been listening to streamed lunch time concerts from The Wigmore Hall.

Ann Chadwick. Also learning about on-line shopping, after a few mistakes. Active gardener, and is enjoying the fruit from their garden. Reading book about Rosalind Franklin, pioneer in DNA research.

Christianne Crabtree. Makes short trips out as a form of exercise, to local shops, but also to M and S and Waitrose, where the system is carefully regulated. Follows services from St Stephens, and the Cathedral. Takes part in a U3A group, which recently had a meeting in a garden. Finds there is plenty to do,

Rosemary Barford. Also finds plenty to do, with garden, walks, church services, and had cleared out the garage.

Janet Potter. They have stayed at home. Neighbours occasionally have coffee mornings outside their front gardens. Practised the piano each day, which has been useful. Missing contact with the family.

Mary Brown. Working three days a week at Christchurch University. Has had to adapt to on-line teaching. A student on placement at QEQM had died from Covid19

Sigi Martin. Has endured 12 weeks shielding but has been supported by her family.

Aisha Alshawaf. After three weeks off, has worked the rest of the time as a dentist, running emergency services, and also at a community clinic in Ashford.

Penny Hammond. Some work in the dental practice. Carried out a lot of creative gardening, and regular walks with her daughter. Also engaged in a big sort out of family photographs.

Christel Moor. Has been preparing the programme for next year. Done a lot of reading.

Thank you to everyone who joined us in this meeting. We hope to arrange a similar event next month.

CAWG Committee

2019 BFWG AGM

Arranged by Lincoln and Lincolnshire LA

Norfolk and Norwich LA celebrate International Women’s Day

Norfolk and Norwich Association celebrated International Women’s Day by inviting Dr Anne Edwards from the John Innes Centre to talk to us about her work in Africa.

Her lecture was entitled ‘Healthy Plants, Healthy People, Healthy Planet’. Dr Edwards told us about the course, presented in Kenya at the Pwali University to 22 delegates from ten African nations. It enabled the undergraduates to develop research skills to examine plant diseases, pests and soil problems particular to their countries.

This was the second such course supported by the John Innes institute; the first being in Tanzania.

The afternoon ended with a beautiful presentation of the birds and animals found in Tsarvo National Park.