What We Do

Policy & Advocacy



Education, both formal and informal, underpins effective change. GWI encourages graduate women to use their expertise to bring about change, with particular reference to the education of girls, adult literacy and numeracy, access and advancement of women in higher education and the empowerment of women as leaders and decision-makers.

GWI provides a global voice for women graduates, working for the adoption and implementation of international agreements that will protect and benefit all girls and women…Read More


Areas of Focus

GWI’s advocacy focus 2013-2016

Education is a cross-cutting issue that can apply to many areas. GWI’s advocacy priorities reflect the need for action in many areas that touch girls’ and women’s lives, with a view to providing access to higher and continuing education and human rights education throughout…Read More


Advocacy News

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

GWI enjoys special consultative status with ECOSOC and is an active advocate with the United Nations and other international agencies. These agencies play an important role in supporting country governments to develop and implement policies…Read More


Legal Tools & Conventions

A starting point of advocacy is to understand what has already been agreed upon between states and what governments have publicly committed to do. The relevant legal tools that concern the advancement of education and human rights for women in the international arena are listed below.

Civil society can have influence by monitoring whether governments have met their legal obligations in their own countries, reporting what abuses there are, pressuring their politicians for more action and urging governments to be accountable…Read More


Policy Papers

Recognising the many socio-cultural, legal and other challenges faced by girls and women worldwide, GWI identifies its position and makes recommendations for policy makers and other stakeholders on issues relating to education, gender and human rights…Read More


UN Representatives

GWI is represented at four key United Nations centres in Geneva, New York, Paris and Vienna. Our UN Representatives champion the GWI mission by participating at UN meetings and reporting back on various on-mission topics being discussed by international policy makers.




Our Partners

GWI is pleased to partner with organisations to promote the empowerment of girls and women through access to lifelong, quality education and training up to the highest levels. GWI and its partners support a variety of activities, projects and programmes that bring learning and education to girls and women worldwide.




Fellowships & Grants

Education is the key to gender equality, economic promotion, better health and much more besides. Access to secondary, tertiary and continuing education is, however, still a distant dream for millions of girls and women…




Projects and project archives of Graduate Women International (previously the International Federation Of University Women)…