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CWM is the committee of the IMU concerned with issues related to women in mathematics worldwide. Its objectives are:

To propose, encourage and facilitate activities of the IMU or other bodies which would tend to increase the visibility of women in mathematics and lead to an increase in their representation in the community at all levels and in all parts of the world.

To promote international contacts between national and regional organisations for women in mathematics, in particular facilitating the building of networks at the regional or continental level.

To provide a website which is a repository of information for and about women in mathematics worldwide and to enable efficient communication among the international community of women mathematicians.

CWM Initiatives


CWM offers grants and sponsorship for various types of activities. It is currently inviting proposals for funding of up to €3000 for activities or initiatives to take place in 2018. For more details see here.


CWM is organising a satellite meeting of ICM 2018: (WM)²: World Meeting for Women in Mathematics to take place in the same venue as the IMC in Rio on 31 July 2018 immediately before ICM2018.

ICSU_gender gap project

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). The award is of 300,000 Euros for the period 2017-2019. CWM was one of the two lead applicants.

To go to the project website, with a summary, up to date news and information, click the Link below.


CWM is using its sponsorship to help establish and foster networks of women mathematicians especially in Asia, Latin America and Africa. Thus far we have assisted with the following multi-country or multiregional networks:

  • AWMA African Women in Mathematics Association
  • CAWMA Central Asian Women in Mathematics Association (Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, Kyrgyzstan, Turkmenistan, Tajikistan)
  • IWM Indian Women in Mathematics Organisation in other parts of the world is ongoing.

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.

CWM Poster

CWM posters and flyers are now available. For more information and to get good quality versions for display, click the Link below.

News, grants and activities

Women in mathematics

To get the latest updates on the activities and events concerning the Committee for Women in Mathematics please visit the CWM News Blog.

Maryam Mirzakhani

CWM is very deeply saddened by the untimely death of Maryam Mirzakhani, the first female Fields medallist and an inspiration to us all. Her beautiful mathematics will stand as a memorial long after those of us who have had the privilege of knowing her personally are gone. For more information and links to some of the many tributes see the link below. Fore more information see here.

CWM CALL 2017. This call is now closed. Details of the twelve successful projects, aimed at forming networks, running workshops or schools, and other projects, can be found here. For the call itself see here. The 2017 call for supplementary grants is also closed. CWM awarded 6 grants of €500 each to help women from developing countries to attend scientific events in 2017-18. For more details see here.


CWM cooperates with the Organisation for Women in Science in the Developing World (OWSD). OWSD offers generous awards to women working and living in developing countries in the early stages of their scientific careers. The awards in 2018 (to be selected in 2017) will be for women working in Physical Sciences: Chemistry, Maths and Physics. For more details see here. Through the initiative of CWM, OWSD has joined the ICSU GenderGap project. There are plans to organize the final project conference at ICTP Trieste in November 2019.

CDC logo

The IMU's CDC is offering female African women mathematicians small top ups to EMS-Simons Foundation grants for collaborative research visits. Other IMU CDC grants which may be of interest can be found here.

“…is it really possible not to stretch out one’s hand, is it possible to refuse to help someone who is seeking knowledge and cannot help herself reach its source? After all, on woman’s road, when a woman wants to take a path other than the well-trodden one leading to marriage, so many difficulties pile up. I myself encountered many of these. Therefore I consider it my duty to destroy whatever obstacles I can in the paths of others. ”

Sofia Kovalevskaia (1850-1891)