The mission of the Women’s International Forum is to provide a forum for briefings and discussions on international affairs, in order to promote understanding and mutual appreciation among members of the diplomatic community, the United Nations Secretariat and the United Nations community at large and to network, promote knowledge and raise awareness about current international issues particularly those related to the United Nations, and to uphold the purpose and the principles of the United Nations Charter.

The Women's International Forum presents eminent speakers from around the world addressing a range of topics that engage the United Nations and the international community.

WIF Today

WIF has a current membership of over 300 women and men. The UN Secretariat invites WIF to hold its briefings in a conference room in the UN Headquarters Building. The briefings are open not only to WIF members, but also to diplomats from the Permanent Missions to the UN and officials in the UN Secretariat.

Mrs. Catarina Vaz Pinto, wife of the UN Secretary General, Antonio Guterres, is the Patron of the WIF. Many of the women who serve as their countries’ permanent representatives or as high-ranking officials of the UN Secretariat serve on the WIF Honorary Board.

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August 23, 2017 |

It is time to renew WIF membership

It is time to renew WIF membership. See Membership Form 2017-2018 (opens pdf file in a new window).

August 23, 2017 |

Former WIF President Sahar Baassiri appointed as UNESCO Ambassador

Journalist, producer, and former WIF president Sahar Baassiri was appointed today as Lebanon’s new UNESCO ambassador. The announcement arrives parrallel with news that Lebanon has also appointed its first woman, Dr. Amal Mudallali, as UN ambassador. Read more

November 26, 2015 |

Child brides in Africa could more than double to 310 million by 2050 – UNICEF

26 November 2015 – Nearly half of the world’s child brides in 2050 will be African, if current trends persist, due to the continent’s rapid population growth and lagging social reforms, the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) has warned, calling for sharper focus on reaching the poorest and most marginalized girls with quality education and […]

April 29, 2015 |

UN allocates $15 million in emergency funds for Nepal earthquake response

28 April 2015 – In response to severe devastation caused by the 7.8 magnitude earthquake and many strong aftershocks that have hit Nepal since 25 April, the United Nations Emergency Relief Coordinator today released $15 million through the Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF) to enable humanitarian aid organizations to rapidly scale up operations and provide […]

March 8, 2015 |

Gender equality vital for world to fulfill potential, Ban tells thousands at women’s march in New York

8 March 2015 – Thousands of people gathered today in New York to march from United Nations headquarters to Times Square in commemoration of International Women’s Day and to demand greater efforts by Governments to achieve gender equality worldwide. Among the many distinguished speakers who addressed marchers, the Secretary-General, Ban Ki-moon, sounded a call for […]

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