News Archive

President Anne Nègre’s Recognition in the CoE Tribute Project

As part of the “75 women in 75 years of Council of Europe history” project, UWE President, Dr. Anne Nègre has been recognized for her valuable contributions in promoting the core values of the Council of Europe. This initiative, co-organized in collaboration with the EU Delegation to the Council of Europe, the Permanent Representations of the Kingdom of the Netherlands, and the United Kingdom, aims to honor individuals who have made a significant impact on the organization’s mission over the years.
Dr. Anne Nègre‘s inclusion among these esteemed women is a testament to her dedication, hard work, and commitment to advancing the values upheld by the Council of Europe. We take immense pride in her achievements and the positive influence she continues to exert for the University Women of Europe.

Maastricht debate with candidates

On April 29th, the highly anticipated Maastricht Debate brought together all Top Candidates for the EU elections 2024 in a lively discussion.
The debate touched on crucial topics such as Climate Change; Foreign and Security Policy; EU Democracy and as well how they plan to advance women’s rights & gender equality in their next mandate.  Each Candidate presented their vision for the future of the European Union, making compelling arguments and engaging in insightful exchanges.
For a more detailed overview of the Maastricht Debate and the social media initiatives, please visit:
Together with European Women’s Lobby (EWL)  we call all  the EU Elections 2024 Top candidates  to share how they plan to advance women’ rights & gender equality in the next European parliament mandate!

Recommendation on countering the use of SLAPPs

On 5 April 2024, the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe adopted Recommendation CM/Rec(2024)2 on countering the use of strategic lawsuits against public participation (SLAPPs). Alarmed by the chilling effect that SLAPPs have on freedom of expression and public participation, the Committee of Ministers urged the member States to devise comprehensive and effective strategies to counter SLAPPs.

The newly adopted Recommendation provides a definition of SLAPPs, understood “as legal actions that are threatened, initiated or pursued as a means of harassing or intimidating their target, and which seek to prevent, inhibit, restrict or penalise free expression on matters of public interest and the exercise of rights associated with public participation.”

For the purpose of application of the Recommendation, public participation and public interest are intended broadly, extending to everyone’s democratic right to participate in public debate and public affairs, online and offline, without fear or discrimination. Significantly, according to CM/Rec(2024)2, the notion of “everyone” encompasses all public watchdogs and contributors to public debate and all participants in public affairs. Therefore, it is not limited to journalists and other media actors, but to all critical voices, such as civil society organisations, environmental associations and activists, academics and human rights defenders.

Its guidelines are intended to apply to civil lawsuits, as well as to administrative and criminal law contexts, including legal intimidation tactics. Moreover, the Recommendation covers both domestic and other types of SLAPPs, such as cross-border, multiple or coordinated, and SLAPPs targeting anonymous public participation.

To facilitate the identification of SLAPPs, the Recommendation identifies a non-exhaustive list of 10 indicators. These include reference to outstanding features of SLAPPs, such as the exploitation of an imbalance of power; the partial or full unfoundedness of the arguments put forward by the claimant; the request of disproportionate, excessive or unreasonable remedies; and the engagement in delaying tactics.

The governments of the member States are recommended to further strengthen existing legislative and policy frameworks to counter SLAPPs, in particular regarding structural and procedural safeguards, remedies, transparency, support for targets and victims, and development of education, training, awareness raising programmes.

The Recommendation is accompanied by an Explanatory Memorandum designed to further explain the context, reasoning and practical examples useful for the understanding and implementation of the Recommendation.

Programme and Registration UWE Meet & Greet

University Women of Europe and Asociación de Mujeres Universitarias de Marbella  are truly excited to share the details for the  upcoming Meet and Greet event which will be held in Marbella, Spain from 19 to 21 April 2024.


Friday 19th April

6:00 PM: Transfer to Óbal Hotel from Puerto Banus 6:30 PM: Welcome drinks and meeting at the Óbal Hotel

Dinner: feel free to choose restaurants in the Old Town (we will provide some recommendations in Marbella Old Town)

11: 00 PM: Transfer back to hotel

Saturday 20th April

Breakfast at the Hotels

10:00 AM: Transportation from Puerto Banús to Marbella old Town (cost included)

11.00 AM: Conference at the Palacio de Congresos of Marbella followed by lunch (cost included)

“Immigration in Europe. Role of women, prostitution as a consequence of illegal immigration. Lack of recognition of university women within the illegal immigrants”

Coffee break


Communication for Graduate Women Associations

Keeping the members
Interesting younger members


Walking tour through the Marbella Old Town with an English-speaking guide

5:30 PM Return to Hotel in Puerto Banús
7:30 PM Transfer from Puerto Banús to Marbella

8:30 PM Dinner: Formal dinner with flamenco show at the Hotel Óbal (cost included)

11: 00 PM Return to hotels

Saturday 20th April

Full day excursion to Ronda. Those who want to join must contact directly with the travelagency Code used (UWE TOUR)


1- Accommodation:

–       Hotel Óbal: in Marbella downtown where all the Saturday activities are going to be centred (does not offer early bird rate)


–       Hotel Occidental Puerto Banús: 10 km away (+- 15 min) with very frequent city buses from 7am to 11pm.

It is very important for you to confirm in which Hotel you will be staying, due to logistic matter as they have included the minibuses on certain hours.


2- Tour on the 21st April 2024

If you are interested in joining the tour for Ronda on the 21st April, please note that booking should be made directly through the travel agency at the following e-mail address:  and please use the Code (UWE TOUR). The cost including lunch in Ronda will be 80€.


3- Deadline for Registration for the event

Please be aware that the final deadline for registration should be 12 April 2024. We will not be able to accept any registrations after this date, so make sure to secure your spot-on time.

Please click  here to register.


4- Confirmation of payment for your registration

Additionally, once you have completed your registration, you will find all bank details for the payment of the fee. Please make sure to put as a reference your personal name and do not provide the name of your association. This will help the organizers to properly check all the payments and number of participants. If you cannot provide your name, please make sure to send us the confirmation of payment and the exact reference that you provided.

If you have any further questions or need assistance with anything, please do not hesitate to reach us out by email:; whatsapp english or french: +34672 376 493 (Mariali) or to the


Post Title

The UWE Board is pleased to invite applications from candidates interested in the position of VICE PRESIDENT of the UWE.
Starting September 2024, the board has two vacancies for Vice President, as the current Vice Presidents have served two consecutive terms.
Applications should be sent to by 29th August 2024 at the latest.


Applications for the positions of Vice President, should consist of a CV, photograph and a motivation letter indicating the candidate’s willingness to accept the post if elected. The NFA which nominates the candidate, should send a supporting letter pointing out how the candidate fulfills the requirements and criteria of the post.
Candidates will also be required to make a five-minute presentation at the UWE AGM in Durres, Albania on 28th September 2024, in which they will introduce themselves, outline their experience and qualifications for the position and indicate how they would propose to contribute to promoting the overall aims of UWE if elected.
Applications should be sent to, to arrive thirty days before the AGM, i.e. by 29th August 2024 at the latest.
Each board member will be asked to fulfill the requirements as described in the Profile of the UWE board member and the duties of a board member. In addition, the Vice President has specific profiles and duties.

► PROFILE UWE Board member:

Ideally a candidate for the UWE Board should have experience of working within her own National Federation/Association (NFA) or in a similar organization at board level.

She should be committed to furthering the aims and objectives of UWE, familiar with the European situation regarding gender equality and interested in advocating for equal opportunities for both women and men in all aspects of society. Preferably, she does not have an official function within her own NFA to avoid conflict of interest.

She must like to travel and a willingness to collaborate as part of a European team. It is important to clarify that this position is strictly voluntary; members of the UWE board cannot receive payment for their responsibilities, but may be reimbursed for approved expenses. Additionaly, up to 50% of meeting expenses may be refunded.



Fluent in English (both written and orally) and preferably in French as it is an official language of the CoE and used at the European Women’s Lobby.
Collective governance adept;
Should have knowledges about the organization of the EU and Council of Europe


The duties of the UWE vice-president can be as follows:

Participating in the INGO Conferences of the Council of Europe and reporting on them to the UWE-members;
Participating in the European Women’s Lobby meetings and report on them to the UWE-members;
Participating in other gender lobby activities;
Follow actions decided by the board;
Supporting the President by visiting other NFA’s from time to time for special celebrations;
Contributing to the UWE work by assisting in the board meetings, AGM, Meet & Greet and writing annual reports.

*For any additional questions, please feel free to contact our current Vice Presidents and Dr. Anne  Negre, President of UWE, via email or phone.

Save the Date: UWE Conference & AGM Albania

University Women of Europe (UWE) and Albanian Association of University Women (AAUW) are pleased to invite you to the Conference & AGM event

The program and other details for registration will be send in due time. The conference & AGM will be open to everyone who is interested in attending.

Please write to for any further information you may need.

Digital Revolution. With or without Her?

Webinar  on March 27, 2024 from 5 to 7 p.m. CET

What do the algorithms behind the artificial intelligence that is revolutionizing our lives have to do with women? Gender neutrality seemed obvious. But this is not the case, because algorithms are coded by humans, overwhelmingly men, and they reproduce their systems of representation, prejudices and gender stereotypes. Our eminent specialists will explain how, why the bias of sex exist, their impacts on our life . And in what way the lack of women in sciences has serious consequences. Are rules to counterbalance the effects of gender bias possible, but also biases that hit the vulnerable, can they be effective?  What dangers lurk for people who are not like coders?


Openig the debates

Gerhard Ermischer,  Austria, President of INGOs Conference of Council of Europe
Gilbert Flam,  France,  LICRA, Chairman of Artificial Intelligence and Human Rights Committee of INGOs Conference
Anne Bergheim-Nègre, President  of University Women of Europe, UWE, Moderator

Gender bias in artificial intelligence

Francesca A. Lisi, Italy, Associate Professor University of Bari, Association for Artificial Intelligence, AIxIA: The risks of

biased Artificial Intelligence for gender equality

Auriane Djian,  France, AgroParistech: Artificial Intelligence, not   without Women !
Joan Palmiter Bajorek, USA, President ofWomen in Voice: Hey Siri, Can you hear me? Bias in Voice Technology
Peggy Vicomte, France, General Delegate of the Digital Foundation: Gender bias in images
Lucia Martinelli  Italy, President of The European Platform of Women Scientists and EU W20 Delegate:  Digital Revolution: with Her, certainly!

What Rules to escape bias of sex ?

David Reichel,,  Austria, European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights:  Gender and AI – challenges of automation in a biased world
Ivana Bartolleti, Italy,Global Privacy Officer,  Wipro: Gender and Artificial Intelligence, how to be protected

Closure of Debates

ElisabethMoreno, France, former  Minister for Equality between Women and Men, President Digital Foundation
Mariia Mezentseva, Ukraine, President of  Equality and Non-Discrimination Commission of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe

Register in advance for this meeting:

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

EU Award for Gender Equality Champions

Nominations are open for the EU Award for Gender Equality Champions, an EU recognition prize in the field of gender equality and inclusiveness under the Widening participation and strengthening the European Research Area Work Programme of the Horizon Europe Framework Programme fro Research and Innovation.

The “EU Award for (Academic) Gender Equality Champions” is a Prize scheme meant as a booster and complement to the requirement for higher education and research organisations applying to Horizon Europe to have in place a Gender Equality Plan (GEP) as an eligibility criterion, and a tool for advancing inclusive gender equality plans and policies in the framework of the new ERA policy agenda, as well as an enabler for the transformation agenda for universities set in the new ERA, in synergy with the European Education Area (EEA) and the European Higher Education Area (EHEA, Bologna process), and in line with the new Communication on a European Strategy for Universities adopted on 18 January 2022.


The Prize will be awarded to four academic or research organisations, and contestants can apply to one among the following three prize categories:

Sustainable Gender Equality Champions: Organisations that can demonstrate a significant and sustained record of activity and a high level of achievement through the implementation of their GEP;
Newcomer Gender Equality Champions: Organisations that have recently started implementing a GEP and can demonstrate the most progress in its implementation and achieved results;
Inclusive Gender Equality Champions: Organisations that have developed the most innovative inclusive GEP addressing intersections with other social categories such as ethnicity, social origin, sexual orientation and gender identity (LGBTIQ) or disability.

Funding Information

Each prize winner will receive €100,000.
Each prize winner will receive EUR 0.1 million. The maximum prize budget is EUR 0.4 million. There will be two winners in the prize category “Sustainable Gender Equality Champions”, one winner in the prize category “Newcomer Gender Equality Champions”, and one winner in the prize category “Inclusive Gender Equality Champions”.

Expected Outcomes

Enable the creation of a European community of academic and research champions in institutional transformation towards inclusive gender equality.
Strengthening of the inclusiveness and connectivity objectives under the new European Research Area.

Expected Results

The prizes will boost public awareness of the importance of addressing gender equality in academic and research organisations through institutional change, incentivise a high degree of commitment to the implementation of inclusive GEPs, and create a community of champions inspiring other academic and research organisations into becoming gender equality champions themselves.

Eligibility Criteria

In order to be eligible, the applicant must:

be a legal entity (public or private body)
be a research performing organisation, including a higher education establishment (e.g. university)
be established in one of the eligible countries, i.e.:

EU Member State (including overseas countries and territories (OCTs))
non-EU country associated to the Horizon Europe (associated countries)

comply with the mandatory requirements of the Horizon Europe Gender Equality Plan eligibility criterion. This means that the applicant’s GEP must meet the four following mandatory process-related requirements:

publication: a formal document published on the institution’s website and signed by the top management;
dedicated resources: commitment of resources and expertise in gender equality to implement the plan;
data collection and monitoring: sex/gender disaggregated data on personnel (and students, for the establishments concerned) and annual reporting based on indicators;
training: awareness raising/training on gender equality and unconscious gender biases for staff and decision-makers.

To be considered as complying with the Horizon Europe GEP eligibility criterion, the applicant must have filled in accordingly the corresponding self-declaration GEP questionnaire featured under the Legal Information tab of the Participant Register, accessible through the Funding and Tender Opportunities Portal.
Only applications submitted by a single legal entity will be allowed. Joint applications will not be allowed.
Applicants that have already received an EU or Euratom prize – cannot receive a second prize for the same activities. Winners of any category of the 2022 edition of EU Award for Gender Equality Champions are not eligible for any category of this prize.
All applicants must register in the Participant Register — before the call deadline — and will have to be validated by the Central Validation Service (REA Validation). For the validation, you will be requested to upload documents showing legal status and origin.


Applicants which are subject to an EU exclusion decision or in one of the following exclusion situations that bar them from receiving EU funding can NOT participate:

bankruptcy, winding up, affairs administered by the courts, arrangement with creditors, suspended business activities or other similar procedures (including procedures for persons with unlimited liability for the applicant’s debts)
in breach of social security or tax obligations (including if done by persons with unlimited liability for the applicant’s debts)
guilty of grave professional misconduct (including if done by persons having powers of representation, decision-making or control, beneficial owners or persons who are essential for the award/implementation of the prize)
committed fraud, corruption, links to a criminal organisation, money laundering, terrorism-related crimes (including terrorism financing), child labour or human trafficking (including if done by persons having powers of representation, decision-making or control, beneficial owners or persons who are essential for the award/implementation of the prize)
shown significant deficiencies in complying with main obligations under an EU procurement contract, grant agreement, prize, expert contract, or similar (including if done by persons having powers of representation, decision-making or control, beneficial owners or persons who are essential for the award/implementation of the prize)

For more information, visit European Commission.

Call for input to the report of the Special Rapporteur on violence against women and girls

The thematic report of the Special Rapporteur on violence against women and girls to the HR Council on prostitution and violence against women and girls will be presented to the UN Human Rights Council at its 56th session in June 2024 and will examine the nexus between the global phenomenon of prostitution and violence against women and girls.


The Special Rapporteur would like to receive input to better understand the relationship between prostitution and violence against women, to clarify terms, approaches and actions States should take in order to maintain the spirit of international human rights law and to effectively protect women and girls from all forms of violence.

Key questions and types of input/comments sought

The Special Rapporteur kindly seeks the support of States, international and regional human rights mechanisms, National Human Rights Institutions, civil society actors, UN agencies, regional human rights organizations, academics, victims and survivor organizations, and other stakeholders to respond to one or more of the following questions:

Provide examples of the hidden forms of prostitution, and explain to what extent they are recognized and dealt with as such?
Describe the profile of women and girls affected by prostitution in your country, and provide disaggregated data, where possible.
Describe the profile of those who solicit women in prostitution and whether such relations are regulated, and provide supporting data, where possible.
What forms of violence are prostituted women and girls subjected to (physical, psychological, sexual, economic, administrative, or other)?
Who is responsible for the perpetration of violence against women and girls in prostitution?
Describe the linkages, if any, between prostitution and the violation of the human rights of women and girls.
What links are there between pornography and/or other forms of sexual exploitation and prostitution?
How is the issue of consent dealt with? Is it possible to speak about meaningful consent for prostituted women and girls?
How effective have legislative frameworks and policies been in preventing and responding to violence against women and girls in prostitution?
What measures are in place to collect and analyse data at the national level with a view to better understanding the impact that prostitution has on the rights of women and girls?
What measures are in place to assist and support women and girls who wish to leave prostitution?
What are the obstacles faced by organizations and frontline service providers in their mission to support victims and survivors of prostitution?
What are some of the lessons learned about what works and what does not when it comes to stemming any negative human rights consequences from the prostitution of women and girls?
Are frontline organizations and survivors’ organisations sufficiently included in policymaking at the national and international level?
What recommendations do you have to prevent and end violence associated with the prostitution for women and girls?

Respondents may wish to answer some but not all these questions and provide supportive information focusing on either woman, girls, or both.

Type of submissions and how inputs will be used

The Special Rapporteur is particularly interested in hearing from organizations that facilitate the recovery of women and girls who have been prostituted; those that are advocating for the rights of women and girls who have been prostituted; as well as well as from survivors.

For minors who wish to send input, the express consent of one of their parents or a guardian will also be required.

Should the number of submissions remain manageable, they will be published on the mandate’s webpage, unless they are marked by their authors as confidential or if the expressed consent of victims has not been secured.

Next Steps

Please send your contributions in English, French, Spanish, Arabic or Russian by email to with the subject line: Input for SR VAWG’s report on violence against women and prostitution, and no later than 31 January 2024.

To ensure accessibility of information submitted for persons with visual impairments, submissions are preferred in Word format.

Please limit contributions to a maximum of 2,000 words and, if necessary, provide links to relevant documents or attach annexes.

Email address:

Email subject line: Input for SR VAWG’s report on violence against women and prostitution

Word limit: 2000 words (no more than 5 pages)

Accepted languages: English, Spanish, French, Arabic, Russian

Complete  information related to background and special procedures can be found HERE.

The 15th meeting of the Committee of the Parties to the Istanbul Convention

UWE President Anne Negre attended the 15th meeting of the Committee of the Parties to the Council of Europe Convention on Preventing and Combating Violence against Women and Domestic Violence  in Strasbourg on 5 December 2023. 

During the meeting, the Committee held an exchange of views with Maria-Andriani Kostopoulou, President of GREVIO, who presented the 4th General Report on GREVIO’s activities, as well as work in progress.

The Committee adopted recommendations, on the basis of GREVIO’s reports, addressed to the authorities of Croatia, Greece, Ireland, Luxembourg, North Macedonia and the Republic of Moldova.

The Committee also held a thematic discussion on national experiences and tools to address femicides, where Parties shared their initiatives and challenges to prevent and combat femicides.

Finally, the Committee of the Parties re-elected the members of the Bureau: Tanja Gonggrijp, Ambassador and Permanent Representative of the Netherlands to the Council of Europe, as Chair; Gilberto Jerónimo, Ambassador and Permanent Representative of Portugal to the Council of Europe, as first Vice-Chair; and Daniela Cujbă, Ambassador and Permanent Representative of the Republic of Moldova to the Council of Europe, as second Vice-Chair, for a one-year mandate from 1 February 2024.

Important to mention here the the Declaration of Dublin, inspired by the Council of Europe’s  Istanbul Convention on violence against women, and expert findings on the implementation of the convention so far, states backing this  declaration on 30.09.2022, after a  two-day conference of justice ministers organised by Ireland’s Presidency of the Council of Europe.

Save the Date

University Women of Europe together with Asociación de Mujeres Universitarias de Marbella Spain (AMUM) is  excited to invite you to our upcoming Meet and Greet event.

It’s a fantastic opportunity to connect with fellow members, expand your network, and have a great time together.

More information, including a detailed schedule and instructions, will be provided soon. Get ready to mark your calendar and join us for a memorable evening.

If you have any questions or need further assistance, feel free to contact the UWE Board.


We look forward to seeing you there and making this event a success.



16 Days of Activism

To mark the 16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence (GBV) this year, Graduate Women International (GWI) created the “UNITE: Educate to End Violence against Women and Girls” 16-day poster campaign in collaboration with GWI members to raise awareness about GBV and its impact on education.

“In every GWI member lies a powerful advocate. Now, more than ever, each must see themselves as an advocate for the elimination of Gender – Based Violence. locally and globally. “
We embrace this initiative,  the chosen posters received from the GWI family throughout the 16 days are public on their social media channel,  happy to see some of them are from Europe.
The 16 Days of Activism is an annual international campaign starting on 25 November, International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, and ending on 10 December, International Human Rights Day.
Alongside the 16 Days Campaign is the recurring “Orange the World” movement that aims to brighten women and girls’ futures by eradicating GBV in all spheres of public and private life. In effect, the colour orange conveys dynamism and vibrancy that symbolise a positive future without Violence against Women and Girls (VAWG). This campaign is motivated by the 6 December 1989 tragic anti-feminist massacre that took place at the École Polytechnique University Montreal, an event that is representative of the wider societal (VAWG) concern. The movement gained its foothold in 1991 from activists at the inaugural Women’s Global Leadership Institute and continues to be used each year as a global organising strategy by individuals, institutions and organisations to call for the prevention and elimination of all forms of VAWG.
Furthermore in 2008, the United Nations Secretary-General launched the campaign UNiTE to End Violence against Women by 2030, which runs parallel to the 16 Days of Activism. Every year, the UNITE Campaign focuses on a specific theme and this year’s is “UNiTE! Educate to End Violence Against Women and Girls.” GWI has been actively involved in this campaign. This year GWI organised a poster campaign to commemorate this day.

Memorandum of Understanding with FCEM

President of FCEM – Femmes Chefs D’Entreprises Mondiales,  Marie Christine Oghly and President of University Women of Europe, Anne Nègre, in the presence of Vice President of University Women of Europe, Pina Foti, have signed a Memorandum of Understanding at the FCEM Congress in Paris, on November 16 2023. 

Femmes Chefs Entreprises Monde – FCEM,  was founded in France  in 1945 at the end of World War II  and months before the United Nations, the Association quickly spread into other European countries and the other 5 continents. Today the network FCEM of women business leaders from is present in many countries and promotes international exchanges like UWE.  Their president is a member of AFFDU, French Association of Graduated Women.

“We appreciate the quality of the exchanges during the Erasmus project NETPOWER carried out together,  we met many common interests on the place of women in society. Their dynamism, their anchorage in the economic life, their ease to recruit members but also their participation in the Conference of INGOs of the Council of Europe, are strong assets and we will continue the relationships established by signing this MOU.” Anne Nègre, UWE President.


24th plenary meeting of the Gender Equality Commission

UWE President Anne Nègre attended the 24th plenary meeting of the Gender Equality Commission (GEC)  held on 14-16 November in Strasbourg.  The meeting was focused on discussing and finalising the draft Gender Equality Strategy 2024-2029, which was voted and it has to be approved by the Committee of Ministers. 

This new Strategy will follow on from the current Gender Equality Strategy 2018-2023 and provides the framework for the work of the Council of Europe and its member States in the field of gender equality for the coming years, to further support the implementation of existing standards and meet new emerging challenges through the development of new standards.

Exchanges of views with the President of the European Court of Human Rights, Síofra O’Leary, first woman chairing it and the President of the Group of Experts on Action against Violence against Women and Domestic Violence (GREVIO), Maria-Andriani Kostopoulou, were the highlights of this meeting. They noted that despite numerous policies in favor of women, there has been no reduction in gender-based violence. States must be more efficient from the first report of difficulties, facilitate access to justice, better train judicial personnel. They are aware of the very heavy burden that rests on women who have cases brought before their jurisdiction.

We salute the Human Rights Channel of the CoE and the page about sexism where can be found an useful questionnaire.

The GEC steers the Council of Europe’s intergovernmental work in the field of gender equality. It is composed of representatives of the 46 member States. Other states and organisations, including civil society organisations, are invited as participants or observers. Established to help mainstream gender equality into all Council of Europe policies and to bridge the gap between international commitments and women’s lived realities in Europe, the GEC oversees and supports the implementation of the Council of Europe’s Gender Equality Strategy.

Standout Woman Award 2023

UWE President Anne Nègre is honored to receive a letter of invitation regarding the awarding of the prestigious International  Standout Woman Award for her commitment to the empowerment of European women.

She is recognized for playing a key role for the gender gap in programs promoted by the Council of Europe, the European Union,  the European Women’s Lobby and other European governmental or non governmental organizations. Her vision of peace and emancipation through education has inspired many women and thanks to her passion and commitment, many significant results have been achieved.

The Award Ceremony will take place on 29 November 2023 in the Parliament of Rome.

Ursula von der Leyen pays tribute to women pioneers who supported the Women on Boards directive

EU Commission President Ursula von der Leyen  paid tribute  to the work done by the Global Board Ready Women (GBRW) Task Force which came into being in 2012 to support the directive to apply 40 % Gender Diversity Quotas for all publicly listed corporations in Europe proposed by former EC Vice President Viviane Reding,  during her third mandate from 2010 – 2014 as Commissioner for European Commissioner for Justice, Fundamental Rights and Citizenship.

The GBRW Task Force brought together executive women leaders from the private, academic, and public sectors who refused to let stand the remark frequently made at the timethat “there were not enough qualified women to fill the Board Positions”. By enlisting top European Business Schools with their alumnae lists of C-level executives, corporate governance professors and Boards of Governors, filled with industry captains from around the world, they created a data base of more than 8000 Board Ready women, thus dispelling the myth that there were not enough women to fill the board positions. They also created the first global criteria for Independent Board Members, regardless of gender and applied these criteria in vetting the board ready women candidates presented for consideration by the European publicly listed corporations.


UWE President Anne Nègre, who is member since the beginning of the GBRW, joined this tribute taking place on the eve of the “Global Board Ready Women Leadership Conference” organized by Forté Foundation and Phoenix Executive in Brussels on 08 November to analyze the progress made by the initiative and to prepare the next generation of women corporate leaders.

Besides the Business Schools, the GBRW worked tirelessly with professional women associations, the Association of Executive Search Consultants, and the Forte Foundation to promote the “Women on Boards” Directivewhich came into law ten years after the GBRW began their work on 22 November 2022,

AFFDU / UWE Women’s Biography Award

The prize is created by the FrencAssociation of University Women (AFFDU) and by University Women of Europe (UWE).  This prize rewards a biography iFrench by an author on the lives of  women who have lived in France or abroad.

The Biography must be made available to the AFFDU/UWE Jury  before DECEMBER  31, 2023

The prize of the contest is the publication of the biography in French by Editions Ampelos.

The laureate undertakes to rework her biography for publication.

Biographies selected by the jury may be published online on the websites dedicated to this purpose.

The summaries of the biographies submitted for the prize are published online on the websites of the AFFDU and UWE associations, as well as on the Publisher’s website.



It is advisable to send the biographies, before DECEMBER 31, 2023:

In electronic file, with the format, a compressed first names, surnames
The text of 160 000 signs maximum (spaces included), the appendices can be a bibliography of 2 000 signs spaces included and 18 illustrations maximum in PDF format
A summary of the biography of 5,000characters (spaces included, without any footnotes, in Word format)
The summary must include a definition of the object of study, a brief presentation of the sources and the problematic as well as the main results of the research
In French, if the text also exists in another language, it can be attached specially in English
The author’s address and telephone number, email postal address
A C.V.
Authorization for publication by editionand on the web
If the author is a University graduate, she will become a member of AFFDU. If the author is not a University graduate, she will become a related member or will make a donation equivalent to the AFFDU membership fee. She will thus subscribe to the social objectives of AFFDU as well as those of UWE which inspire this contest.

To be sent, using a large file sharing and transfer service, to:



Each year, the jury is composed of personalities and is chaired by:




The decisions of the Jury are final andwithout appeal




October update Conference of INGO’s

To mark the International Day for Eradication of Poverty on  17 October, a meeting was held  around the slab in memory of the victims of poverty on October 10
, organized by the Council of Europe Conference of INGOs was the occasion of the inauguration of  the information board in english offered by the Permanent Representation of Ireland to the Council of Europe.  

President of University Women of Europe Anne Nègre attended, here in photo.

Some other updates about the activity of the Conference of INGO’s Council of Europe:  

A report of a  visit of the Conference of  INGO s  in Bosnia Herzegovina informs of how the country is separated inside, with all discriminations for specially the more vulnerable

A Communique by the Committee on the Rights of Persons in Migration on the situation in Nagorno Karabakh 


A communique of the  group on Human Rights and  Artificial Intelligence  – Armenia and Azerbaijan for a peaceful settlement respectful of minority rights was issued. 

The  Recommendation on the impact of artificial intelligence (AI) on the education sector has been adopted  by the General Assembly on 11 October 2023 CONF/AG(2023)REC4. Anne Nègre  is part of the group in charge with that.

Prayer of the Mothers

The song “Prayer of the Mothers”, was born as a result of an alliance made between singer-songwriter Yael Deckelbaum, and a group of courageous women, leading the movement of “Women Wage Peace”.
The movement arose on summer 2014 during the escalation of violence between Israel and the Palestinians, and the military operation “Tzuk Eitan”.
On October 4, 2016, Jewish and Arab women began with the joint “March of Hope” project. Thousands of women marched from the north of Israel to Jerusalem in a call for peace. A call that reached it’s peak on October 19th, in a march of at least 4,000 women half of them Palestinian, and Half Israeli, in Qasr el Yahud (on the northern Dead Sea), in a joint prayer for peace.  A great little miracle happened, almost completely ignored by the media.

The very same evening 15,000 women protested in front of the priministors house in Jerusalem.

The marches were joined by the Nobel Prize for Peace winner Leymah Gbowee, who lead to the end of the Second Liberian Civil War in 2003, by the joint force of women.

In the new official video “Prayer of Mothers” of the Women Wage Peace movement, Israeli singer Yael Deckelbaum sings the song  alongside women and mothers of all faiths, showing what music can change.

An all-female miracle worth a thousand words. Share it as much as you can!


25th Anniversary of the collective complaints procedure

The collective complaints procedure is a human rights protection system for social and economic rights which complements the judicial protection provided under the European Convention on Human Rights for civil and political rights. 

The collective complaints procedure is a unique form of collective legal action in the human rights protection system, reflecting a systemic approach in addressing social rights problems. This procedure encourages and provides guidance to states to resolve structural problems and shortcomings that prevent general and effective enjoyment of social rights by all the people living within their jurisdiction.

To mark the 25th anniversary of the entry into force of the Additional Protocol to the European Social Charter Providing for a System of Collective Complaints (ETS No. 158) in 1998, the Social Rights Department of the Council of Europe was  hosting an event on July 6, 2032 in Strasbourg,  to discuss effective social rights protection in the European space.

On celebrating the 25th anniversary of the entry into effect of the collective complaints procedure, this event represents an unambiguous call on the Council of Europe members states that have not yet accepted it, to follow the example of the first 16 states that did so. Such acceptance will contribute to a more coherent legal space for the implementation of social rights in Europe.

Click HERE to see  the recording od the event