Graduate Women International

Graduate Women International (GWI) is an international network linking women graduates from all cultures, all fields of study, all professions and all generations.

GWI has national affiliates in 62 countries, including CFUW, and individual members in more than 40 others.

It has recently changed its name from the International Federation of University Women (IFUW) to Graduate Women International (GWI).

GWI was founded in 1919 after World War I by women graduates who believed in the importance of working together for peace, international understanding and friendship.

Today their mission is to:

  • promote lifelong education for women and girls; promote international cooperation, friendship, peace and respect for human rights for all, irrespective of their gender, age, race, nationality, religion, political opinion, gender and sexual orientation or other status; advocate for the advancement of the status of women and girls
  • encourage and enable women and girls to apply their knowledge and skills in leadership and decision-making in all forms of public and private life.

They provide a global voice for women graduates, working for the adoption and implementation of international agreements that will protect and benefit all women and girls.

Members volunteer their expertise in a wide-range of community projects, such as:

  • literacy and vocational training programmes;
  • free medical and legal clinics;
  • programmes to prevent domestic violence; and
  • campaigns to increase women’s awareness of their rights and to promote women’s participation in the political process.

GWI also offers numerous conferences, seminars and workshops that provide opportunities to discuss global issues from an interdisciplinary perspective.

GWI Constitution

  • Click here to view the 2016 GWI Constitution as accepted by the General Assembly August 2016

GWI President’s Messages

  • Click here for the January 17, 2017 Message from GWI President Geeta Desai

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