About FIWAL

The Federation of International Women’s Associations in London (FIWAL) is an umbrella organization comprising 33 clubs and associations based in London. Its role is to provide a forum for the exchange of information, ideas and expertise between its member organizations.

Its 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.

“Over the last 26 years, FIWAL has grown into an organisation where women from every country, faith and culture can meet, learn from each other and become real friends.” – Jocelyn Jones, FIWAL Founder
 

How we work
Each member Association may elect up to four 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.

As well as the events listing on this website, FIWAL publishes an e-newsletter, International Dateline, throughout the year which carries information on member associations’ activities and articles of interest for the entire FIWAL membership. Additional publications are produced by FIWAL to coincide with major events such as biennial conferences where a commemorative booklet is specially prepared on the occasion of each major conference.

Executive Committee 2015 

President
Laura Shapiro

First Vice President & Combined Events
Salwa Mayassi
a member of the Arab Women’s Association

Second Vice President & Interclub Hospitality
Zen Albarkri-Verden
a member of the Pan Asian Women’s Association

Honourary Secretary
Ameeta Sabharwal
a member of the Women’s Council & London Ladies Club

Honourary Treasurer
Sylvia Wallach
a member of the American Women’s Club of London

InterClub Hospitality
Lamees Ibrahim
a member of the KCWC & the Women’s Council

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

Combined Events
Siobhan Hamilton-Phillips
a member of the Commonwealth Countries League

Rose Naigaga-Gugan
a member of KCWC

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

Immediate Past President, Diplomatic Liaison
Caroline Muir
a member of The Women’s Council

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

Dateline Editor
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.