To promote lifelong education for women and girls;
To promote international cooperation, friendship, peace and respect for human rights for all, whatever their gender, age, race, nationality, religion, political opinion, sexual orientation or other status;
To advance the status of women and girls;
To encourage and enable them to apply their knowledge and skills in leadership and decision-making in all forms of public and private life;
To provide a global voice and network for women graduates;
To work for adoption and implementation of international agreements that will protect and benefit all women and girls.
Undertakes studies and compiles reports on themes chosen by members, enabling them to work for change in legislation and attitudes to improve the situation and opportunities for women and girls in their own countries. Themes have included:
1983-1986 - Beyond the Decade for Women - Planning towards 2000;
1986-1989 - Women, Leadership and Development;
1989-1992 - Women's Role in Changing Society;
1992-1998 - Women's Future - World Future - Education for Survival Progress;
1998-2001 - Globalization, Connections through Education;
2001-2004 - Humanizing Globalization: Empowering Women;
2004-2007 - Women: Agents for Change - focuses on 3 key areas: Education; Information Society; Human Security and Peace;
2007-2010 - Women: Agents for Change, Building Sustainable Futures;
2010-2013 - The Power of Education in Effecting Change.
Organizes: International Conference (every 3 years); other international conferences, regional meetings, workshops and seminars; programmes and projects to assist women and girls; international fellowships open to members; introductions to affiliates in other countries for university women travelling abroad; networks linking members from different countries with common interests.