The Federal Commission for Women's Issues FCWI is an extra-parliamentary permanent commission appointed by the Swiss Federal Council in 1976. As an advisory body of the Confederation, it examines all issues that affect the situation of women in Switzerland and equality between the sexes.
As an independent non-partisan body, the FCWI performs an important bridging role between politicians, government agencies and civil society. It promotes collaboration and cooperation between government bodies, non-governmental organizations and international agencies. The broad composition of its membership also makes the Commission ideal for exchanging information and networking between women's associations, social partners and academia. It works with different partners depending on the particular issue involved, for example with administrative authorities, human rights organizations or representatives of politics and academia.