How We Work


The Secretariat of the Socialist International Women is based in London, United Kingdom, and shares its premises with the Socialist International. The Secretariat deals with the administration of the organisation and with the preparations of the Council meetings, Regional meetings and Congress. The Secretariat also deals with political matters related to its member organisations.


The Congress is the highest body of the Socialist International Women and usually convenes every three years. The last Congress took place in Cape Town, South Africa, in August 2012. At the Congress delegates of the member organisations decide on the main political issues and elect the Executive Committee.


Delegates of each member organisation have the right to attend the Council meetings. At each Council delegates discuss a particular theme which is relevant to the host organisation. Declarations and resolutions are also adopted at the Council meetings.

Regional meetings

The member organisations of the Socialist International Women are divided into 11 regions. Two regional meetings take place each year in order to discuss issues that are relevant to a particular region.

Executive Committee

The Executive Committee consists of a President, a Secretary General and 11 Vice-Presidents. The Executive Committee meets four times a year to deal with political matters and to select the themes for discussion at the Council and Regional meetings.

Other meetings

The Socialist International Women also organises other events, conferences and seminars on an ad hoc basis.



Regional Meeting

Luanda, Angola, 11 and 12 April 2014

The Millennium Development Goals: The Vision of the Socialist International Women for the Post-2015 Development Agenda

Event: Gender Equality and Women’s Rights in the Post-2015 Development Agenda

14 March 2014

58 Session of the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW), United Nations, New York, from 10 to 21 March 2014.

Panel discussion hosted by the Permanent Mission of Mexico to the United Nations and the Socialist International Women.

Michelle Bachelet Wins Presidential Elections in Chile

16 December 2013

We hereby wish to convey our warmest congratulations to Michelle Bachelet on her victory in the presidential elections of Chile...

Nelson Mandela

18 July 1918 – 5 December 2013

The Socialist International Women (SIW) was deeply saddened by the death of Nelson Mandela, South Africa’s first black president and Nobel Peace Prize winner. We would like to send our wholehearted condolences to Nelson Mandela’s family, to everyone at the African National Congress (ANC) and to the South African people who have lost their ‘father of the nation’...

Declaration: International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women

25 November 2013

Ending gender violence is high on the agenda this International Day to End Violence Against Women – now highlighted every 25 of the month in UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon’s UNiTE to End Violence against Women campaign...

Council Meeting

Istanbul, Turkey, 08 and 09 November 2013

The Millennium Development Goals and Post-2015 Development Agenda

Conference 'Women and the Arab Spring'

Reims, France, 04 October 2013

The Socialist International Women participates in the conference 'Women and the Arab Spring' organised by the city of Reims in partnership with the University of Reims...

Convention 'Winning the Future with Equality in Europe'

Seville, Spain, 08 June 2013

The Socialist International Women participates in the convention 'Winning the Future with Equality in Europe' organised by the Spanish Socialist Workers' Party (PSOE)...

Regional Meeting

Mexico City, Mexico, 01 June 2013

Equal pay, working conditions and informal work

Article: Ending the War against Women

02 February 2013

On Valentine’s Day, countless couples will celebrate romance by candlelight. On the same day, one billion women and men worldwide will stand up to shine a light on the darker side of gender relations...


The First Hundred Years

A Short History of Socialist International Women

By Irmtraut Karlsson

This book tells the history of the first one hundred years of the Socialist International Women