Establish the Governance of Your Organisation

Establish the governance of your organisation

  • Once you have the support of a core group of graduate women call them together for a second meeting to elect officials and agree priorities.
  • Elect provisional officials by democratic process, including a Chair and a Coordinator for International Relations (CIR). If only a few women attend the meeting, appoint temporary leaders for a short, fixed term and plan to elect new leaders at a later meeting.
  • Develop plans for the formation of local branches and/or electronic networks to link members.
  • Discuss priorities and plan an initial project or activity that can be completed within a short period of time (such as a public seminar or a career awareness day for girls in a local school).
  • Appoint a small committee to draw up a constitution in conformity with the Model Constitution, to be submitted to the GWI Membership Committee for comment and approval.
  • Arrange the date and place of a national meeting for representatives from the different local branches/regions to come together to consider and adopt the constitution, make financial provisions and elect officers and committees. Normally this meeting should take place between six months and a year following the first meeting.
  • If meetings will be held in the interim, arrange the date and place of the next meeting. Inform all branches/structures and interested individuals.
  • In addition to the Chair and a Coordinator for International Relations (CIR), who liaises with GWI, it would be useful to appoint a Public Relations Officer to give publicity to activities and a Newsletter Editor to keep branches and members informed of developments. An Advocacy Liaison Representative would also be an advantage.
  • A minimum of 20 paid up members are required to start and maintain a national federation or association (NFA) that is affiliated to GWI.

GWI’s office is relocating to another Geneva location on 16 August.  For a few days, we will have limited access to our emails, telephone and website. We appreciate your understanding during this time of positive change. We will be back to normal working conditions on Monday, 21 August.


Thank you, GWI Staff.


Les bureaux de GWI seront en cours de déménagement a Geneve le 16 Août. Pendant quelques jours, nous aurons un accès limité à nous emails, téléphone et site web. Nous vous remercions d’avance pour votre compréhension pendant ce changement. Nous serons de retour à la normale le lundi 21 Août.


Merci, l’équipe GWI.