Global Connections

UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka opened the 61st UN Commission on the Status of Women.

UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka opened the 61st UN Commission on the Status of Women.

When a woman is educated and empowered, she starts a ripple effect in her community. This is true all over the world. But women still face barriers that keep education and security out of reach. Only through community support and access to resources like education, health care, and career opportunities will women have the chance to succeed. That’s why AAUW has awarded fellowships to more than 3,500 women in more than 140 countries and why we speak out on behalf of women and girls at the United Nations and in critical global coalitions. Check out AAUW’s global connections.

Former AAUW President Mary Purcell and Jehan Sadat, widow of Anwar Sadat and former First Lady of Egypt, at the U.N. in 1984A Strong History of Global Work

AAUW has a rich legacy of international work, and our efforts have intersected with world history in fascinating ways. International outreach became a priority to AAUW members immediately following World War I, when AAUW member Virginia Gildersleeve and two British women, Caroline Spurgeon and Rose Sidgwick, established the International Federation of University Women to promote peace and understanding among women in different countries.

During the occupations of World War II, AAUW assisted European women scholars whose lives were at risk: AAUW members helped find academic positions in the United States and other countries for students and professors who were forced to flee their homes. Following World War II, AAUW continued its commitment to cooperation through participation at the Bretton Woods Conference and the United Nations. Today, AAUW continues to advocate for women and girls in a variety of ways.

2015-16 AAUW International Fellow Sharma Deepali

From Fellowships to Grassroots Projects

AAUW uses funding and community outreach to make a difference at every level of global advocacy. We’ve awarded fellowships to more than 3,500 women scholars from more than 140 countries and sent delegations to the United Nations to learn about the unique challenges women face globally and share AAUW’s programs and research. AAUW also funds projects that address the needs of women and girls in communities around the world through International Project Grants for fellowships alumnae.

Collaborating for Change

AAUW is a member of many coalitions that support human rights and equality for women and girls. Collaborations include special consultative status with the United Nations, which provides opportunities and access to participate in U.N. affairs.


The Future of Our Global Community

By expanding relationships with international colleges and universities, such as the University of South Africa and Australian National University, AAUW is expanding our history of engaging with women worldwide through our AAUW college/university members all over the world.