The WOMEN CITIZENS OF EUROPE NETWORK (RCE) is structured around the General Assembly, which will gather all its members, the Directive Board and the Advisory Committee.  The composition of these two organs is as follow. 





President: Paloma Saavedra.

  • Doctor in Political Sciences and Political expert at the Political and Constitutional Studies Centre.  Complutense University.  Madrid.
  • Advisor to the Cabinet of the Minister for Social Affairs (1993-1996)
  • Director of the European projects Women, Citizens of Europe and Women and the Construction of Europe (1998-2001)


Vice-president: Marila Guadagnini.

  • Associate Professor in Political Sciences.  University of Turin.
  • Member of the Equal Opportunities Commission of the University of Turin.
  • Coordinator for Italy of the Research Network on Gender, Politics and the State (RNGS).


General Secretary: Berta Cao.

  • Expert in Equal Opportunities Agents : Positive Action in Cooperation. Universidad Nacional de Educación a Distancia (UNED).
  • Works as gender consultant for local, autonomous administrations, training enterprises and women associations.




Representative of the Advisory Committee: Angela del Carmen Sierra González

  • Doctor in Philosophy and Bachelor in Law. University of Barcelona.
  • 1994 – 1999 Co-ordinator of the Parliamentary Group G.U.E. at the Regional Politics Commission at European Parliament.
  • Professor of Doctorate’s Programme. University of La Laguna (Tenerife).
  • Member of the Governor Council of the Woman’s Canarian Institute.
  • Member of Studies Commission upon Rights’ Carter in Europe of Canarian Forum of Justice.

Secretariat: Gaëlle Paredes Dudek



Sabine de Bethune (Belgium):
  • Belgian Senator (Group CD/V).
  • Chief of the Cabinet of the Minister for Employment and Labour (1992-1995).
  • From 1995, member of the administration board of Amazone, national centre of women.


David Paternotte (Belgium):

  • Aspirante del Fonds National de la Recherche Scientifique (FNRS), Bélgica

  • Colaborador científico de la Université Libre de Bruxelles (ULB)

  • Colabora a varios proyectos de investigación sobre género y política.


Irena Ilieva (Bulgaria) :

  • Professor in International Public Law and Human Rights. Plovdiv University “Paisii Hilendarski”.Researcher at Juridical Studies Institute – Sciences’ Academy of Bulgaria.
  • Member of the Bulgarian Association of International Law and of the Director   Committee of “Women in Sciences” Association.
  • Co-ordinator of the 6th and 7th Framework Programme of European Commission.

Lise Rolandsen (Denmark):

  • Ph.D. fellow in Gender Studies at the Feminist Research Centre at the University of Aalborg.

  • Researcher of the European projects EUROSPHERE and QUING.

  • Member of the editorial board of the journal “Women, Gender and Research”.

  • Member of the board of The Nordic Research School for Interdisciplinary Gender Studies.

  • Research in women’s movements’ transnational activism and EU gender policies.


Cristina Alberdi Alonso (Spain):

  • Advocate.
  • Former member of the General Council of the Judiciary and former Minister of social Affairs.
  • Expert in questions related to the women’s rights, she promoted a lot of reforms in this field.
  • President of the Advisory Committee on Violence Against Women of  Madrid.


Idelfonso Soriano López (Spain):

  • Professor of Constitutional Law.  Information’s Science Faculty of the Complutense University.  Madrid.

  • Researcher in questions linking the journalism and the law, as well as the 1978 Spanish Constitution, so as the analysis of the articles of the Title I.


Yolanda Gómez Sánchez (Spain)

  • Professor of Constitutionnal Law, National Open University of Education (UNED).  Madrid.
  • Member of the Experts Group of the Bioethics Institute of the Foundation of Health Science.
  • Director of the specialised course: Rights and liberties in Europe, at UNED University.


Claudie Baudino (France)

  • Doctor in Political Sciences at the University Dauphine.  Paris.
  • Research in the representation of women in the language and statistics.
  • Member of the network of international research: RNGS (Research Network on Gender Politics and the State).


Maria Stratigaki (Greece)
  • Professor in Social Policy and Gender at Panteion University of Greece.
  • Expertise in gender equality policies in the EU (European Commission, 1991-1999) and Greece (Research Centre for Gender Equality, 1999-2002).
  • Vice-president of the advisory Committee on equal opportunities for women and men.


Sara Clavero (Ireland):

  • Investigadora científica del Centro para el Avance de las Mujeres en la Política, Facultad de Ciencias Políticas, Queen's University Belfast.

  • Experta en representación política de las mujeres, género y democracia, mujeres y estado de bienestar, en el ámbito de la Unión Europea.

  • Especializada en estudios comparativos y en análisis feministas de la justicia, la democracia y la ciudadanía.   


Maria Lucia Amaral (Portugal)

  • Professor of Constitutional Law at the Nova University of Lisbon.
  • Member of the Comissao para a Igualdade de participaçao das mulheres.


Catherine Hoskyngs (United Kingdom)
  • Emeritus professor in European studies at School of International Studies and Law. Coventry University.
  • Jean Monnet Professor in European studies.  Coventry University. (1997-2000)
  • Research Fellow in gender and international relations. Many publications.

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