It is an honour as the President of Graduate Women International and as a South African citizen to invite you to our 32nd Triennial Conference in Cape Town in August 2016. Our conferences date back to 1920, a time when there were few academic women and much need to promote women and education. While times have changed and many more girls and women do have access to education, the world has evolved and different challenges arise every day.

That is why Graduate Women International (GWI) exists: to advocate for quality education to empower girls and women up to the highest levels, to build projects with our grass roots partners, to broker information and to serve our wide membership base, spread across the globe.

Under the collective banner of education, gender and human rights, this Conference aims to provide a diverse programme where each person can find subjects of interest. Beyond the formal programme, it is also an opportunity to network and build relationships, to strengthen the movement in favour of girls’ and women’s education. The more voices and activities mobilising for the cause, the stronger we all become.

I encourage you to profit from the “Early Bird” offer and look forward to seeing you in Cape Town.

Yours sincerely,

Catherine A. Bell
GWI President

The South African Association of Graduate Women is delighted to co-host the Graduate Women International 32nd Triennial Conference in Cape Town, or Ikapa as it is known in Xhosa, a city rich with a history of daring, adventure and wonderful feats. Cape Town was the city from which Nelson Mandela made his first public speech, after years of imprisonment. It is this spirit of daring and achievement that we hope the GWI Conference will promote, in favour of lifelong education for girls and women, to improve the lives of all humanity.

Cape Town  is not just famous for its landscape – Table Mountain, Signal Hill, Lion’s Head- and its beaches, it is also known as a destination for wine tasting, botanic exploration and whale watching. Its architectural heritage includes Cape Dutch style, which combines the architectural traditions of the Netherlands, Germany, France and Indonesia.

A triennial Conference is the occasion to exchange ideas, create new plans, build new relationships and refresh knowledge bases. It also provides the opportunity to spend a few days away from home, enjoying the sights of a new place. We hope you will enjoy the Conference as well as the wonderful city in which it is being held.

We look forward to welcoming you to Cape Town !

Sinemincili yokukwamkela eKapa!

Dr Ida Mulenga
President SAAWG