International Committee


The International Committee supports global and transnational feminist scholarship and gender justice. The IC manages the Global Feminist Partnership Program to establish partnership between SWS and feminist academic and activist groups abroad. The IC coordinates SWS activities with the United Nations and the International Sociological Association—Research Committee on Women in Society (ISA—RC32), as well as the World Social Forum and the US Social Forum.

IC organization and current committee members 


Actions & Activites

United Nations Participation

SWS is a non-governmental organization member of the United Nations. We have seven representatives. Two SWS members serve as representatives to the Department of Public Information and five serve as representatives to the Economic and Social Council and representatives to the annual meetings of the Commission on the Status of Women Status of Women (CSW).

See the current members and join the International Committee if you are interested in participating in UN activities. See current call for SWS UN Representatives to the Department of Public Information at the right of this page.


GFPP (Global Feminist Partnership Program)

SWS is establishing collaborations with feminist and women-centered organizations and non-governmental organizations across the globe. SWS is seeking to build its international ties and welcome applications for the Global Feminist Partnerships Program (GFPP). Our hope is to build connections with up to two research centers/institutes/programs from each of the following regions: Asia, Africa, Central/Eastern Europe, Latin American/Caribbean and the Middle East. The Partnerships Program reflects the commitment of SWS to foster activism and advocacy for and by women, support research by women and on gender issues, increase organizational inclusiveness, and build organizational strength by increasing our visibility in the discipline of sociology, on campuses, and in society.

See the current Global Feminist Partners and please contact us if you are interested in working with any of them.

Call for nominations for Global Feminist Partnerships


International Sociology Association: Research Committee 32: Women in Society(RC32)

Many members of SWS and our IC committee are also involved in the International Sociology Association and are members of Research Committee 32, Women in Society. The IC fosters greater involvement by SWS in the ISA, especially in RC 32.  The IC looks for opportunities to further strengthen ties between SWS and ISA-RC32, share research and learn from each other through participation in conferences.  SWS members have participated in the XVI World Congress in Sociology in Durban, South Africa in 2006, 1st ISA Forum of Sociology in Barcelona, Spain in 2008 and Forum of Sociology 2012 in Buenos Aires, Argentina in 2012. SWS and RC32 have also co-hosted receptions and worked on joint sessions at ISA-RC32 conferences.

More information on International Sociological Association at

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Resources, articles, reports, etc.


Contact Information


Susan Lee:

Please join the International Committee if you are interested in participating. 


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