International Council of Women (ICW)

Conseil international des femmes (CIF)

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1888, Washington DC (USA). Constitution and Standing Orders drawn up 1888, Washington DC, and revised: 1936, Dubrovnik (Yugoslavia); 1954, Helsinki (Finland); 1973, Vienna (Austria), Ottawa (Canada) 1997, Helsinki 2000. Obtained the status of 'Utilité publique' in France, 1980.


Unite national councils of women's non-governmental organizations from all parts of the world for action to improve the status of women and the well-being of society.

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Organizes regional seminars on human rights, literacy, education, the advancement of women and their participation in economic and social development. European Centre of the International Council of Women (ECICW) promotes women's interests with the European Union. International Standing Committees (5):

 • 'Status of Women' Sub-Committees - Legislation; Implementation of Conventions; Human Rights; International Relations and Peace.

 • 'Sustainable Development' Sub-Committees - Economics; Consumer Affairs; Women in Employment; Rural and Urban Women.

 • 'General Wellbeing' Sub-Committees - Health; Environment; Habitat; Nutrition.

 • 'Communication' Sub-Committees - Education; Mass Media; Arts and Letters; Music.

 • 'Social Issues' Sub-Committees - Child and Family; Youth; Ageing; Migration.


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Consultative Status

United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) (General); United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) (Consultative Status); International Labour Organization (ILO) (Special List); Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO); United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) (General Category); United Nations Environment Programme (UN Environment); United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO).

Relations with Inter-Governmental Organizations

Relations with 14 inter-governmental organizations.
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Relations with Non-Governmental Organizations

Relations with 34 non-governmental organizations.
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Members in 65 countries
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UN Sustainable Development Goals **

GOAL 3: Good Health and Well-beingGOAL 4: Quality EducationGOAL 5: Gender EqualityGOAL 6: Clean Water and SanitationGOAL 9: Industry, Innovation and InfrastructureGOAL 10: Reduced InequalityGOAL 16: Peace and Justice Strong Institutions



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