ITS–The International Council of Women (ICW) is a non-government organization which was founded in 1888 and was one of the first international women’s organizations. ICE was founded by Susan B. Anthony, May Wright Sewell and Frances Willard. They called for the first ICW convention in March 1888 in Washington, D.C. which was attended by nine countries (England, Ireland, France, Norway, Denmark, Finland, India, Canada and the United States).
ICW’s objective is to improve the status of women and the well-being of society. It aims to help women help themselves through enhancing their literacy skills, nutrition, food safety, HIV/AIDS protection, provide better clean water and sanitation, income generating projects and the training of women for leadership and decision making.
The organization was founded in order to bring women together with volunteer organizations from all parts of the world in pursuing the welfare of mankind, the family and individuals. ICW has a consultative status in the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) and thus has representatives in 16 agencies of the United Nations (U.N).