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Regional and international

The Committee for Women in Mathematics (CWM) of the International Mathematical Union is the only committee for Women in Mathematics worldwide. The CWM was created by the Executive Committee of the IMU in March 2015. Its purpose is to promote worldwide contacts between national and regional organisations for women and mathematics and to undertake other related activities.

The largest and oldest of the organizations for women mathematicians is the Association for Women in Mathematics (AWM). Based in the USA,  it has many international members. Its website contains a wealth of further resources. You can read about the beginnings of AWM here and see more about AWM and its history in the 1990s here.

In addition there are several regional or continental organizations supporting women mathematicians.

African Women in Mathematics (AWMA)

The African Women in Mathematics Association AWMA was created at the African Institute for Mathematics Sciences (AIMS)  in Cape Town, South Africa on July 19th 2013. Its first General Meeting was held in Kenya in July 2015. The creation of AWMA was a wish expressed by African women mathematicians at a workshop organized by the Committee “Women in math” of the African Mathematical Union and CIMPA in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso, in 2012.

There are also recently formed organizations in a number of individual African countries.

The Meeting in Burkina Faso 2012.
Photos courtesy Marie-Françoise Roy

African Mathematical Union Commission on Women in Maths in Africa (AMUCWMA)

This was founded in 1986 to promote and encourage female mathematicians in the African continent.

European Women in Mathematics (EWM)

This is an international association of women working in the field of mathematics in Europe. EWM has an e-mail network and holds a general meeting and a summer school every other year. A newsletter is published at least twice a year. Here is a map showing national EWM representatives. Click on a location to find the country you seek.  A promo video about EWM was made during the meeting in Novi Sad in 2009.  Women and Mathematics across Cultures is an earlier video about EWM made in 1996.  You can find a history of how EWM came to be started here.

European Mathematical Society Women in Mathematics Committee

This is a committee of the European Mathematical Society (EMS). Its remit is to provide advice to the EMS and EWM on scientific questions involving women and mathematics, especially recommending speakers for events aimed at emphasizing women’s scientific contributions.

EMS/EWM Scientific Committee

This committee was set up jointly by EWM and EMS. Its remit is to provide advice to the EMS and EWM on scientific questions involving women and mathematics, especially recommending speakers for events aimed at emphasizing women’s scientific contributions.

The interrelations between the various European groups are explained in the article  European Level Organizations for Women Mathematicians  (P 11, EMS Newsletter Dec. 2013) by Caroline Series. 

Indian Women in Mathematics (IWM)

Indian Women and Mathematics (IWM) is a collective of Indian mathematicians that has been in existence since 2009. It was reorganised in 2015 to extend the scope of its activities under the suggestion of the National Board for Higher Mathematics (NBHM). It organises various actitivites in different parts of the subcontinent.

Other organizations

In recent years, a number of other organizations have also been founded in other parts of the world.

The International Organization of Women and Mathematics Education is a subgroup of ICMI, the IMU's commission on Mathematical Instriuction. IOWME is an international network of individuals and groups who share a commitment to achieving equity in education and who are interested in the links between gender and the teaching and learning of mathematics.

The International Statistical Institute has an active Committee on Women in Statistics.