Cape Town Waterfront


October 2017  —  Siwe Coke, SAAWG's Incoming President, reports on her consultations and meetings with various organisations. The objective was liaison and identification of possible opportunities for SAAWG's involvement. The document makes interesting reading. READ MORE . . .

International Day of the Girl Child


Geneva, Switzerland, 11 October 2017 – International Day of the Girl Child (Day of the Girl) is celebrated annually on 11 October to highlight issues concerning gender inequalities faced by girls worldwide. This year’s theme is EmPOWER Girls: Emergency response and resilience planning.

On this occasion, we announce the inaugural My Two Cents for Girls' Education: Girls are Worth It campaign. The campaign aims to draw attention to the strength, vitality and potential of girls and to emphasize that the education of girls is frequently overlooked and ignored.READ MORE . . .

GWI and SAAWG celebrate teachers worldwide and
urge global leaders to accelerate the quality training
of female teachers

Geneva, Switzerland, 5 October 2017 – Today, on World Teacher Day, Graduate Women International (GWI) and the South African Association of Women Graduates (SAAWG) celebrate teachers, women teachers!   To mark this important day, GWI and SAAWG wish to draw worldwide attention, across developed and developing countries, that teachers are essential to the successful implementation of the 2030 Agenda.

Ensuring a constant supply of qualified and motivated teachers is a critical step to combat the staggering global illiteracy rates, especially in girls and women, who account for two thirds of the world’s some 700 million illiterate. READ MORE . . .



Siwe Coka-Madawyi

Siwe Coka-Madwayi is a member of SAAWG's Cape Town Branch.

She has been involved in a number of fields, most notably as a Human Development Consult; she is Founder and Director of the Institute of Pedestrians, Passengers & Commuters on Road Safety for Southern Africa and facilitated the City of Cape Town MyCiti Public Transport Project for CODE TA, Khayelitsha (2013-2016).

Access  SIWE's PROFILE and learn more about her academic background, wide interests and active involvement in community life.


Johannesburg, 09 August 2017 – Graduate Women International (GWI) and the South African Association  of Women Graduates (SAAWG) promote indigenous women and girl’s rights by drawing attention to the widespread problem of their discrimination.

We join the global community in marking International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples and the commemoration of the tenth anniversary of the adoption of the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples.

The Declaration is the most comprehensive international instrument on the rights of indigenous peoples that establishes a universal framework of minimum standards for their survival, dignity and well-being. MORE . . .


Margaret Edwards receives Chitra Gosh Award

Prof. Chitra Ghosh is a distinguished academic and a past president of Graduate Women International. Every trienniuem, a Chitra Ghosh  award is presented to a member who has contributed to the development/ betterment of the association to which she belongs and preference is given to a candidate who has designed and has executed or is involved in an ongoing project of her NFA that promotes empowerment of members of her NFA or of a group of women or girls in her society.

This year, Margaret Edwards was presented with this award for the development, with Jocelyn Bell, organisation and management of the Aurora Project which aims to and has done for the past 22 years, increase the self esteem of young girls from disadvantaged backgrounds in Johannesburg.  Management has been handed over to a new generation, but Margaret continues to be actively involved. Read More . . . 

GWI calls for an end to Female Genital Mutilation as a
major barrier to girls' and womens' education and
as a human rights abuse

Geneva, Switzerland, 6 February 2016 - on the International Day of Zero Tolerance of FGM, GWI calls for states, policymakers and community members to put an end to the damaging practice of Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) as a form of physical abuse, a human rights abuse and as a major barrier to girls' educational attainment.

The Immediate Past President of Graduate Women International (GWI), Catherine Bell,  stated: "FGM is condemned by GWI as a harmful traditional practice that destroys girls' and womens' lives. National legislators must work in conjunction with local community leaders and local women to educate and to reinforce the human right of girls and women to take decisions over their own bodies, and emphasize instead the value of unhindered access to education and improved economic potential".



The South African Association of Women Graduates (SAAWG) has looked back on its 'herstory' over the past 90 years.

SAAWG was established in 1923 in Wellington, Western Cape and is affiliated to the International Federation of University Women (now Graduate Women International "GWI"). Its vision and mission has always been to advocate for the improved status of women and girls.The membership is multi-disciplinary and includes students.

For its 90th anniversary a publication (see below) has been produced from the writings of its members and other authors which have appeared in its Journal from 1930 to the present time.

It is also with pride that we note that bursaries awarded by SAAWG (previously SA Association of University Women, SAAUW) have been providing small but necessary assistance to female students over many years.  Some of the bursaries started in the 1930�s and 1940�s.  In 2014, 10 awards were made directly to undergraduate students, four to postgraduate students and 69 awards to undergraduates.

Read more . . .

First published "The Star"
First published "The Star"

Rights and Wrongs in this Land of Ours


What has been achieved regarding the status of women and education�and what are the challenges we still face?

In this 20th year of democracy in South Africa it is appropriate that the South African Association of Women Graduates has published its 90th anniversary book � Rights and Wrongs in this land of ours. The book details the changing South Africa within the fields of, inter alia, politics, social and family life, economics and education, with special reference to changes in the status of women over the years. 

Learn more about this publication . . .


Minister's Speech at Publication Launch

At the launch of the publication Naledi Pandor, Minister of Science and Technology, said, "I applaud your efforts in providing mentorship support, outreach initiatives, and scholarships specifically focused on girl learners and women students." 

Access the complete address . . .


SAAWG National Honorary Life Member

Catherine was voted in as IFUW President at the IFUW Conference held in Istanbul in August 2013.

Professionally,  she  develops  strategies  for, and  implements, large

sustainable  projects,  so  brings  both  strategic  thinking  and  leadership  skills to any position she holds.  She designs and presents practical, cost-effective and sustainable solutions, strictly within specified time limits and budgets.  Most of what she does is action orientated.  READ MORE . . .