FEM - Female Empowerment UM

FEM is a network of staff at Maastricht University, from both academic and administrative backgrounds. Our mission is to promote the empowerment of women and female leadership at the university, and to foster a broader culture that supports gender equity and diversity.


To realise these goals, FEM organises different activities for academic and administrative staff members at UM. Those are grouped into categories:

  • Training
    FEM organises tailored workshops that: (i) build academic skills and leadership qualities; (ii) strengthen communication and promotion (e.g. negotiation skills) and (iii) raise awareness of behaviour-related topics, e.g. implicit bias, bystander intervention techniques.
  • Mentorship 
    In 2019, FEM successfully ran a mentorship pilot programme. In 2020, we aim to set up a mentoring programme on a thematic group-basis. There, members of our community may receive mentoring on topics such as grant applications, promotions, etc. 
  • Network 
    We provide fora for various networking events: an annual large event and bimonthly lunches on various topics where participants can debate relevant topics around UM policy or general academic politics on gender issues, e.g. tenure track policy, family friendly work conditions, book clubs. Since 2020, FEM is also present on Twitter and Facebook at @FemMaastricht. 
  • Information  
    We focus on information transfer via UM's intranet: info on relevant events, grant competitions and other career opportunities, books and other sources relating to gender issues in academia. We also disseminate relevant information through our own networks and through the FEM Ambassadors. 

The FEM Team

FEM was established by a group of female academics working at different faculties of Maastricht University.

Current executive Board of FEM:

Previous board members:

  • Alie de Boer (Food Claims Centre Venlo)
  • Christel van Gool (Faculty of Health, Medicine and Life Sciences)
  • Sophie Kells (Marketing & Communications)
  • Aida Abiad Monge (School of Business and Economics)

The FEM Board is supported by a team of dedicated FEM ambassadors:
Sharon Anyango
Fèlix Ruiz Cabré
Lisa Bruggen
Berta Cillero Pastor
Marlies Gijs
Klara Scupakova
Julia Sewall
Katherine Bassil
Gili Yaron
Carla Haelermans
Anna Goldberg


You can always contact us with questions, suggestions, or ideas at: fem[at]maastrichtuniversity[dot]nl

For confidential reports or notifications of discrimination or sexual harassment, contact the confidential advisors for employees or students.

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