CWM has undertaken a number of initiatives to further its aims, of which the most important thus far are:



The Gender Gap in Science


IMU CWM is leading the project "A Global Approach to the Gender Gap in Mathematical and Natural Sciences:
How to Measure It, How to Reduce It ?
" funded by the International Council for Science (ICSU).

There are eight participating organizations: six ICSU members (International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry, International Union of Pure and Applied Physics, International Astronomical Union, International Union of Biological Sciences, International Council for Industrial and Applied Mathematics and International Union for History and Philosophy of Science and Technology), UNESCO, and Gender in Science, Innovation, Technology and Engineering.  The coordinator of the project is Marie-Francoise Roy, chair of the IMU Committee for Women in Mathematics (CWM).

The motivation for the project comes from the persistence of a significant gender gap at all levels between women and men. Barriers to achievement by women persist, especially in developing countries, in spite of the fact that mathematical and natural sciences have long and honorable traditions of participation by highly creative female contributors.

The project will produce sound data, including trends (since the situation for women continues to change around the world, with some negative developments), to support the choices of interventions that ICSU and member unions can feasibly undertake.  It will provide evidence for informed decisions and will provide easy access to materials proven to be useful in encouraging girls and young women to study and work in these fields. Regional information about careers, jobs and salaries will be included.

A Joint Global Survey is planned to reach 45,000 respondents in more than 130 countries using at least 10 languages, while a Joint Study on Publication Patterns will analyze comprehensive metadata sources corresponding to publications of more than 500,000 scientists since 1970. Contrasts and common ground across regions and cultures, less developed and highly developed countries, men and women, mathematical and natural sciences, will be highlighted.

In 2017 the activities are the following:

  • Launch Workshop 1 - 3 June 2017  Paris 
  • Three Regional Workshops in Africa, Asia and Latin-America
  • Organization of the Global Survey and the Joint Study on Publication Patterns.

There are plans to organize the final project conference at ICTP Trieste in November 2019.

Contact : Marie-Francoise Roy



The main initial goal set by CWM was to help establish and foster networks  of women mathematicians especially in Asia, Latin America and Africa. To this end, it has made two calls offering sponsorship, in 2016 and 2017.

The multi-country or multi-regional networks which have been fostered or initiated  with CWM's help are:

  • AWMA   African Women in Mathematics Association
  • CAWMA Central Asian Women in Mathematics Association  (Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, Kyrgyzstan, Turkmenistan, Tajikistan)
  • IWM Indian Women in Mathematics

Organisation for women in Latin America is ongoing and it is hoped that the formation of a formal association will be announced at the ICM Rio 2018.

Organisation for women in East Asia is also ongoing.

Associations in individual countries have also been sponsored.

In 2015-16 CWM sponsored events took place in Colombia (Latin America), India, Indonesia (S. and E. Asia), Kazakhstan (Central Asia), Mexico (Latin America), Senegal (West Africa), Tunisia (North  Africa), Kenya (Africa) and Brazil (Latin America).

In 2017-8 events will take place in Brazil, Canada, Chile, India, Iran, Japan, Mexico, Morocco, Nepal, Tunisia, South Africa and Vietnam.

For more details see here.



CWM Posters and Flyers


CWM printers and flyers are available. Here are low resolution versions which you can use for screen display: Poster       Flyer

The flyer is two sided and is designed to be folded along vertical lines into three.

If you want to get copies to distribute at a mathematical event or for other display purposes, please write to  info-for-cwm(at)  at least two months in advance with the name of the event, the precise name and address to which posters should be sent, and numbers of each kind that you wish to request.

If you want to print them yourself we recommend using the white and black versions here:  BW Poster       BW Flyer

If you would like to organise getting some colour ones printed professionally
yourself, please contact info-for-cwm(at)



CWM Ambassadors


CWM has established about 100 special correspondents worldwide, each of whom has the job of disseminating information such as CWM funding calls in her geographical or mathematical neighbourhood, and also of keeping CWM informed about activities or initiatives to be announced on this website. The list of ambassadors is here.



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