About FIWAL

The Federation of International Women’s Associations in London (FIWAL)

Our mission is to provide a forum for the exchange of information, ideas and expertise between member organizations. FIWAL’s formation in March 1986 stemmed from the strong belief that, if women of different races, religions and cultures from national associations could meet in a strictly non-political but structured and relaxed manner, they would find common ground through shared interests which would benefit their organisations and individual membership. FIWAL’s members grow in understanding, and, from that understanding mutual support and strength flourish.

FIWAL also organizes several events of its own to provide a forum for its members. As well as the prestigious Biennial Conference covering current issues, we offer –

  • Seasonal Gala fund-raising events, often held jointly with Diplomatic missions.
  • The Biennial Spring lunch with distinguished speakers, held on alternate years to the Conference.

How we work
Each member Association may elect up to two delegates to FIWAL and at least one delegate represents her Association on FIWAL’s Board of Delegates which meets three times a year. The Board of Delegates elect an Executive Committee which is responsible for the day to day operation of FIWAL. You can read our full constitution here.

Executive Committee from September 2019
(as of June 2019)

President
Siobhan Hamilton-Phillips
a member of Commonwealth Countries League

Second Vice President & Interclub Hospitality
Zehan Albakri
a member of The Pan Asian Women’s Association

Honorary Secretary
Ameeta Sabharwal
a member of The Women’s Council

Honorary Treasurer
Sylvia Wallach
a member of The American Women’s Club of London

Membership Coordinator
Elizabeth Duke
a member of The Australian Women’s Club

Events Team
Lamees Ibrahim
a member of KCWC & the Women’s Council

Rose Naigaga-Gugan
a member of KCWC

Mary Jane Eckert
a member of the American Women’s Club of London

Salwa Mayassi
a member of The Arab Women’s Association

Immediate Past President
Laura Schapira
a member of The American Women’s Club and Hampstead Women’s Club

Past President, Diplomatic Advisory Committee
Hulya Kocu
a member of The Women’s Council

Past President, Diplomatic Advisory Committee
Caroline Muir
a member of The Women’s Council

Dateline Editor/Social Media
Susan Jahanshahi
a member of KCWC and The Hampstead Women’s Club

Webmaster
Barbara Richards
a member of The Canadian Women’s Club

Past Presidents continue to work with the Executive on an Advisory Committee.