The University Women’s Association (UWA),Pune, was established in 1949 when a group of prominent women from Pune including Ms. ShantabaiBhandarkar, our Founder Member, Ms Sane and Ms Khan started an association called ‘Women Graduates’ Union’, a voluntary organization that strove to educate and empower women from the disadvantaged classes. The commitment of these pioneers was matched by their competence and determination. They were sensitive and responsive to a woman’s need to be educated and also understood a working woman’s urgent requirement for a safe and secure place to stay in.
The UWA, Pune Working Women’s Hostel provides a home away from home to these resident working women.
Dipika BalMandir is our Kinder Garten school which caters to the children of 3 to 5 years of age..
This activity is aimed at providing support to adolescent girls from low income groups, studying in standards 7th to 10th.
We run this activity for imparting income generating skills, in the area of arts and crafts, to girls and women.
Scholarships are awarded to Under-Graduate, Post-Graduate and also to the students who are doing Doctoral Research.
The Cell extends an opportunity for interdisciplinary research to members in topics related to environmental sciences, natural and social sciences social work and education.
Progress Eves is the publication of UWA, Pune which keeps all its members informed about the activities of the Association.
A variety of programmes on topics of current relevance and of interest to members are organised in the form of lectures, discussions, round tables, games etc.
This is a group of about 68 girls pursuing their studies in their chosen disciplines from different colleges and universities in Pune.
The activities planned, broadly, under the cell included waste management, campus plants, nature trips to various places, lectures and workshops, etc.
The UWA, Pune, is an affiliate of Indian Federation of University Women’s Associations-IFUWA, founded in 1920. IFUWA co-ordinates the activities of fourteen University Women’s Associations (UWAs) located in different Indian cities.
IFUWA in turn is affiliated to the Graduate Women International (GWI) founded in 1919 as International Federation of University Women (IFUW). Its headquarters is in Geneva, Switzerland and has national affiliates in about 60 countries and individual members in more than 40 others.
Members of University Women’s Association who are elected on the board of Graduate Women’s International
Dr. Ujwala Shinde – Vice President Legal & Governance Candidate
Dr. Meera Bondre – Vice President Membership Candidate
Ms. Neeta Patwardhan – Finance Committee Candidates-Member
Ms. Meera Bondre – Membership Committee Candidates-Convenor
Ms. Medha Ranade – Projects Development Committee Candidates-Member
Ms. Rekha Monani – Hegg Hoffet Committee Candidates-Member
Ms. Neelam Jagdale – Resolutions Committee Candidates-Member
Ms. Veena Bathe – GWI Vice President Legal & Governance for the triennium 2019-22.
Dr. Nita Mawar – Former Convenor GWI-PDC. 2016 till 2022.
Ms. Abeda Inamdar