Advocacy and Action

Graduate Women International (GWI)

Graduate Women International (GWI) was founded in 1919 as the International Federation of University (IFUW) and is a worldwide, non-governmental organisation of women graduates. 
GWI provides a global voice for graduate women through consultative status on United Nations' committees UNICEF, ECOSOC, ILO and UNESCO.  GWI forms an international network of women working for advancement through advocacy, empowerment and the delivery of enabling programmes.  GWI members collectively use their expertise to effect change at all levels.   They provide leadership and collaborative interdisciplinary approaches to issues.  The focus of GWI is the status of women, education, the environment, peace and human security.  GWI has members in 100 countries, and there are 60 National Affiliate (NA) organisations.


Graduate Women WA

Graduate Women WA is the Western Australian branch of the Australian Federation of Graduate Women, a National Affiliate of GWI.  Graduate Women WA was founded in 1923.
The WA branch represents and advocates the views of graduate women in Western Australia and responds to local issues of importance.  Through our affiliation with AFGW and GWI we also contribute to National and International debate and activities.

Locally, Graduate Women WA provides a fora for networking and support among graduate women.  Through our activities we promote life-long education.  We deliver workshops, present events with eminent speakers and hold regular book clubs.  One of our major endeavours is empowering women through educuation.  Annually we provide around $30,000 of assistance in scholarships to support Western Australian girls and women, particularly candidates completing postgraduate research degrees.  In 2004, we hosted the 28th GWI International Conference in Perth for graduate women representing 72 countries.


Australian Federation of Graduate Women (AFGW) and branches across Australia

The Australian Federation of Graduate Women is a respected voice consulted for opinion on National issues, in particular the status of women, education and human rights. AFGW represents and advocates the views of graduate women with state branches located in, Victoria, New South Wales, Queensland, and Western Australia. 

GWI International Conference

The 32nd triennial GWI international conference will be held in Cape Town, South Africa in 2016.

The GWI international conference provides a global platform for planning for action.  It brings together graduate women from both global market economies and developing countries for collective understanding and to agree upon the focus for action in the coming three years.

21-23 August 2016:  General Assembly (IFUW members only)
24-26 August 2016:  Public Conference "At the crossroads of education, gender and human rights"

The 31st GWI conference called for action in 2013-2016 to address safe access to education; education for indigenous peoples; security of women and children; globalisation and its effects in developing countries; and peacekeeping.

The AFGW National Convener of International Relations (CIR) is Dr Dalma Jacobs. See the AFGW web-page and the GWI web-page for more information.

Each State and Territory branch in Australia has a CIR to provide local perspectives to advocacy.