Schweizerischer Verband der Akademikerinnen
Association Suisse des Femmes Diplômées des Universités

Graduate Women International (GWI)

formerly International Federation of  University Women (IFUW)

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GWI VISION: Empowering women and girls through lifelong education

GWI advocates for women’s rights, equality and empowerment through access to quality secondary and tertiary education, and training up to the highest levels. Our vision is 100% of girls and women in the world achieving education beyond primary school.

We have national affiliates in 54 countries and individual members in more than 40 others. Join our international advocacy and grant programmes and learn how you can become part of an international network of women working for change.

GWI, founded in 1919, is a worldwide, non-governmental organisation of women graduates, whose purpose is to:

  • Promote lifelong education for women and girls;
  • Promote international cooperation, friendship, peace and respect for human rights for all, irrespective of their age, race, nationality, religion, political opinion, gender and sexual orientation or other status;
  • Advocate for the advancement of the status of women and girls; and
  • 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.

To achieve these aims, GWI shall:

  • Represent and advocate the views of graduate women in international fora;
  • Enable graduate women to use their expertise to effect change at all levels;
  • Provide an interdisciplinary approach to issues; and
  • Promote cooperation, networking, support and understanding among graduate women.

Our members volunteer their expertise in a wide-range of community projects, for example:

  • 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.

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Graduate Women International (GWI) est un réseau international de femmes de toutes cultures, tous domaines universitaires, toutes professions et toutes générations.

Son secrétariat central est à Genève. Présente dans 94 pays, elle regroupe 54 associations nationales de l'Association des Femmes Diplômées des Universités. Fondée en 1919, elle fut l'une des premières organisations féminines à jouir du statut consultatif au Conseil Economique et Social (ECOSOC) en 1947 (

En tant qu'organisation non gouvernementale (ONG), elle a des liens étroits avec l'ONU et ses institutions spécialisées comme l'UNESCO et l'OIT par exemple. Des délégations de la GWI participent à toutes les grandes conférences de l'ONU et de ses institutions spécialisées portant sur des questions en rapport avec sa mission.

Pour plus d'informations veuillez consulter la page Web de la GWI:

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