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.



Season's Greeting!

December 2019

Wishing peace and equality for 2020

Declaration on International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women

25 November 2019

International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women is a powerful reminder that our global society remains plagued by violence against women and girls..

Regional Meeting

Niamey, Niger, from 28 to 30 October 2019

Women's Participation in Decision-Making Processes - the challenges for a 50/50 World

Gender equality and sustainable development: how to empower women and girls to have access to public services

11 March 2019

63rd Session of the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW), United Nations, New York, from 11 to 22 March 2019

Side Event hosted by the Socialist International Women(SIW) and Pablo Iglesias Foundation

International Women's Day Declaration

08 March 2019

International Women’s Day (IWD) is an opportunity to honour and celebrate all women and girls around the world for their invaluable contribution to their families and communities...

Council Meeting

25 and 26 January 2019

Social Protection Systems, Access to Public Services and Sustainable Infrastructure for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women and Girls

Nobel Peace Prize 2018

05 October 2018

The Socialist International Women (SIW) would like to warmly congratulate the Congolese doctor Denis Mukwege and Yazidi campaigner Nadia Murad on winning the 2018 Nobel peace prize for their work on combating sexual violence...

Obituary - Maria Jonas

01 February 1940 - 25 September 2018

We were deeply saddened to hear today that our comrade and friend Maria Jonas, former Secretary General of Socialist International Women, has died at the age of 78 years...


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