Finnish Federation of Graduate Women


Suomen Akateemisten Naisten Liitto – Finlands Kvinnliga Akademikers Förbund ry.

Who We Are

The Finnish Federation of Graduate Women (FFGW) is the organization of Finnish female university graduates committed to act as a link among it´s members. FFGW encourages the members
– to the development of their full potential
– to the cooperation of different professional fields
– to the promotion of international cooperation

FFGW, founded in 1922, is a non-governmental organization, NGO with some 1 000 members. It has 19 local associations, two of which are Swedish-speaking. If you have a university degree, you are welcome to apply for our membership.

What We Do

FFGW promotes its members’ expertise in society.

FFGW is an active participant in issues regarding the role of women in society. It arranges meetings and seminars, has a consultant status in issues regarding higher education.

FFGW is also responsible for Auroras and Let’s Read Together networks which both support immigrant women in integrating into Finnish Society.

FFGW cooperates with several national non-governmental organizations on mutual themes.

A magazine for members, Minerva is published twice a year.

FFGW is a member of University Women of Europe, UWE ( and the Nordic network Kvinnliga Akademikers Nordiska Nätverk, KANN. A mentoring project was carried out 2008–2010 with three countries involved; Finland, Holland and Turkey, coordinated by the local association in Vasa.

FFGW was also a member of the Graduate Women International, GWI (previously known as International Federation of University Women, IFUW) until December 2016. We encourage Finnish graduate women to seek an independent membership in the GWI. The GWI works to empower women and girls through lifelong education, for leadership, decision-making and peace. GWI has national affiliates in more than 50 countries. It has observer´s status in the UN, ECOSOC, ILO, UNESCO and UNICEF. Every three years a world wide conference is held for its members. In 2013, the GWI triennial was held in Turkey and in 2016 in South Africa. In 2019, the triennial will be held in Switzerland.


Contact Us

Kirsi Jokikokko
E-mail: kirsi.jokikokko(a)

Coordinator of International Relations (CIR, CER)
Sari Kuusela
E-mail: sari.kuusela(a)

Finnish Federation of Graduate Women
Temppelikatu 13
00100 Helsinki, Finland
Tel. +358 45 869 1617



The page was last updated 26 April 2019.