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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 (previously the International Federation of University Women) has maintained special consultative status with the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) since 1947 and is an active advocate with the United Nations and other international agencies. GWI makes is an active participant every March, June and September the United Nations Geneva Human Rights Council where we make regular oral statements and submit written statements advocating to eliminate the barriers girls face when trying to gain an education.

Our advocacy work with the United Nations’ agencies plays an important role in supporting our National Federations and Associations with in-country governments action plans to develop and implement policies. We invite you to read our reports and join us as aim to remove the barriers to girls gaining secondary education.

November 2018:  16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence Impactful and Easy-to-Use Toolkit

October 2018:  Gender Equity Toolkit

October 2018: GWI International Day of Girl Impactful and Easy-to-Use Toolkit

August 2018: CSW63 Written Statement: Gender equality is the right of all women and girls and is central to the accomplishment of all 17 Sustainable Development Goals

July 2018: Written Statement: 39th session of the Human Rights Council – Child Widowhood: A Neglected Gender and Human Rights Violation

July 2018:  70th session of CEDAW Australia Outcomes

July 2018: 70th session of CEDAW Mexico Outcomes

July 2018:  70th session of CEDAW New Zealand Outcomes

June 2018: Canadian Federation of University Women (Ottawa) Brief on Human Trafficking

June 2018: U.S. Separation of Children from Families

June 2018: U.S. Withdrawal from the Human Rights Council

May 2018: Advocacy Report: GWI Co-sponsored a Side Event on Cyber-bullying the Occasion of the 27th session of the Commission on Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice – submitted by Elisabeth Francis, GWI UN Representative in Vienna

May 2018: Written Statement: 38th Session of the Human Rights Council – Secondary School as a Means to Eliminate Child Marriage

April 2018: Advocacy Report: Menstrual Hygiene Matters – submitted by Clémence Mathiaud, GWI Intern, Sciences Po Lyon 

April 2018: Canadian Federation of University Women Sustainable Development Series #8 – Earth Day 2018 – submitted by Cheryl Hayles, CFUW Vice President International Relations

March 2018: Turning Promises into Action: Australia and New Zealand Facts

March 2018: International Women’s Day and Women’s History Month – submitted by Louise McLeod, GWI Vice President, Marketing

March 2018: International Women’s Day: multifaceted approach to reducing the gender gap- submitted by Manjit Dosanjh, GWI UN Representative in Geneva

March 2018: Canadian Federation of University Women Sustainable Development Series #7 – International Women’s Day 2018 – submitted by Cheryl Hayles, CFUW Vice President International Relations 

February 2018: Canadian Federation of University Women Rural Women Survey 2018 – Executive Summary submitted by Cheryl Hayles, CFUW Vice President International Relations 

February 2018: Written statement: 37th session of the Human Rights Council – Menstrual Hygiene Insecurity as a barrier to girls’ and women’s education worldwide and the impact on Sustainable Development Goals 3, 4, 5 and 6

December 2017: December 6: Canadian National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence against Women submitted by Cheryl Hayles, CFUW Vice President International Relations

November 2017: Canadian Federation of University Women International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women press release

November 2017: Canadian Federation of University Women 16 Days of Activism against Gender-based Violence toolkit

November 2017: GWI Commission on the Status of Women 62nd Session Written Statement: Challenges and Opportunities in Achieving Gender Equality and The Empowerment of Rural Women and Girls

November 2017: 16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence Campaign

November 2017: University Women’s Club of Montreal Launches First-Ever North America Olympes de la Parole project

November 2017: Run With Us to Support Girls’ Education

October 2017: International Day of the Girl Child submitted by Cheryl Hayles, CFUW Vice President International Relations

September 2017: GWI Written Statement to the 36th session of the Human Rights Council 

September 2017: International Literacy Day submitted by Cheryl Hayles CFUW Vice President International Relations

July 2017: World Day against Trafficking in Persons submitted by Cheryl Hayles, CFUW, Vice President International Relations

July 2017: Women Graduates USA interviews Nyamal Biel Tutdeal, a former refugee from South Sudan who is is now a graduate student at Acadia University, Pennsylvania

June 2017: Human Rights Council Statement – Canada, Australia, New Zealand: Everybody Benefits from Equal Human Rights

May 2017:  Realization of the Equal Enjoyment of the Right to Education by Every Girl submitted by the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights

May 2017: GWI Written Statement to the 35th Session of the Human Rights Council 

April 2017:  CSW61 Analysis of the Agreed Conclusions by Lakshmi Puri

April 2017:  CSW61 GWI Delegate Summary Report by Topic by Louise McLeod

March 2017:  CSW61 Official Agreed Conclusions

March 2017:  CSW61 Summary Report by Hally Siddons

March 2017:  GWI Written Statement to the 61st Commission on the Status of Women

March 2017:  GWI Written Statement to the 34th Session of the Human Rights Council

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GWI at the United Nations

 

2013 Advocacy Reports Coming Soon !

2012 Advocacy Reports Coming Soon !

  • December 2008 – Paris: 2008 ANNUAL REPORT by IFUW Representatives to UNESCO
  • December 2008 – Proposal for a General Recommendation on Older Women: Strengthening the Protection of the Rights of Older Women
  • 20 June – 18 July 2008 – Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW), 41st Session: Finland, Iceland, Lithuania, Nigeria, Slovakia, Tanzania, UK
  • 2 June – 18 June 2008 – Joint Statement on Follow-up to the Special session on the World food crisis delivered at the 8th Session of the Human Rights Council
  • 2 June – 18 June 2008 – Joint Statement on NGO Support for the mandate on the Right to education delivered at the 8th Session of the Human Rights Council
  • 2 June – 18 June 2008 – Joint Statement on Violence against women delivered at the 8th Session of the Human Rights Council
  • 28 May – 31 June 2008 – Statement to the 97th Session of the International Labour Conference
  • 30 May 2008 – Statement to the ILO Committee on Skills for improved productivity, employment growth and development
  • January 2008 – Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW), 40th Session: Bolivia, Burundi, Saudi Arabia, France, Lebanon, Luxembourg, Marocco, Sweden
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