Who We Are

Our Vision

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…



Our Story

When Dean Virginia Gildersleeve, Professor Caroline Spurgeon and Rose Sidgewick sat together in 1918 and conceived the idea of a worldwide organisation uniting university women, they were convinced that by fostering friendship and understanding…




Our Manifestos

Recognising that completion of primary school is not of itself sufficient to prepare and equip girls and women with the skills and knowledge they need to realise their full personal, academic and professional potential, GWI promotes through its manifestos four post-primary steps of education: secondary education; tertiary education; continuing education; and non-traditional education….




Our Leadership


GWI Board

GWI’s Board of Officers and Committee Convenors are elected every three years by GWI members at the General Assembly…Read More


General Assembly

The GWI General Assembly is held every three years. It is the governing body of GWI, and elects GWI’s Board of Officers and Committee Conveners and members… Read More


The Fellowships Committee reviews applications for GWI fellowships and grants and selects the candidates to be recommended to the GWI Board… Read More


GWI Constitution (2016-2019)


Our Staff

GWI has a small and dedicated team that serves its members and works on programmes and advocacy…



Our Membership

Where We Work



Independent Members

Why become an independent member?

Independent membership opens GWI’s international network to women graduates from countries where there is not yet an GWI affiliate and to women graduates who do not wish to join a national group…Read More


Regional Groups

GWI’s seven regional groups offer members opportunities to exchange ideas and work together with members from nearby countries, experiencing the international aspect of GWI membership, while drawing on similar geographical, cultural and historical backgrounds. The regional groups organise conferences, seminars, friendship visits, and joint projects on issues of common concern…Read More