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Federation of University Women in India was founded on 24 July 1920 and got affiliated to the IFUW in 1921.
In 1952-53, the Federation became a registered body.
In 1961 -62, the memorandum constitution and bye-laws of the Federation were amended providing for a strictly federal structure and the name was changed to Indian Federation of University Women's Association with branches being named as Associations with membership status.
Over Ninety Years of Achievement.
When Dean Virginia Gildersleeve, Professor Caroline Spurgeon and Rose Sidgewick sat together in 1918 and conceived the idea of a worldwide organisation uniting university women, they were convinced that by fostering friendship and understanding, women graduates could help prevent another catastrophe such as the World War that had just ended.
Their dream became reality the next year when university women from Great Britain, Canada and the United States met to lay the foundation for IFUW. Over ninety years later, and under the new title of Graduate Women International (GWI), thousands of women graduates throughout the world share the same principles and vision that inspired those early leaders. GWI continues to advocate in favour of secondary, higher and continuing education for women all over the world.
UWA Baroda was first established in the early seventies with the efforts of Professor Justina Singh (President) and Dr. Sushama Merh (Secretary). The association lasted for three years and during its short tenure working for disabled children with Friends Society and All India Radio, Baroda.
After a span of three decades the University Women’s Association Vadodara was established on 12 September 2005 with the initiatives of Dr. Manisha Shelat, Professor Parul Dave, and Professor Arti Nanavati. The objectives of providing opportunities and facilities for the education of women and to work for the welfare of less privileged in society. with the objectives of providing opportunities and facilities for the education of women and to work for the welfare of less privileged in society.
UWAV is a non-profit, non-governmental organization which is affiliated to Indian
Federation of University Women’s Association and International Federation of University Women ( now known as Graduate Women International).
UWAV aims to empower women through education to address issues empowering women and to create awareness at micro and macro levels. Activities such as seminars and workshop, intervention and advocacy, promoting research are a regular practice at UWAV.