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; 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.


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
  • 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 and CFUW Correspondence on Categories of Membership

GWI 33rd Triennial, Centenary Celebration and Conference

GWI Ad Hoc Committee

GWI Financial Information

GWI Annual Report

  • You can access the GWI Annual Report here

GWI 32nd Triennial Conference

  • Click here for the reports on the 2016 GWI Triennial Assembly and Conference

Online Resources:

GWI Action Plan for 2017-2019 and Triennial Budgets

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 July 24, 2017 Message from GWI President Geeta Desai
  • Click here for the Clinton Global Initiative Pledge description
  • Click here for the January 17, 2017 Message from GWI President Geeta Desai

Donations by Clubs to Bina Roy, Hegg Hoffett and Virginia Glidersleeve International Funds


WGI has informed CFUW that they can no longer accept cheques from Clubs for donations to Bina Roy, Hegg Hoffett and/or Virginia Glidersleeve as the Swiss banks have made cashing cheques from outside the country very expensive and difficult to do. WGI will accept Paypal and bank transfers to the attention of Graduate Women International.


Alternatively, and to avoid direct costs, it is suggested that that the donation cheques be made out to CFUW and sent to Suite 502-331 Cooper Street, Ottawa K2P 0G5 indicating to which Fund the money should be directed.


Once a year, the National Office sends bank transfers with all donations received for the year to each of the Funds. As there is a transaction fee to be paid to convert the monies into Swiss Francs in the case of the Bina Roy and Hegg Hoffett funds, and into American dollars for the Virginia Glidersleeve Fund, it is less costly for everyone involved if National office does it for all the donations at once.

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