The Federation of International Women’s Associations in London (FIWAL) is an umbrella organization comprising 28 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 a newsletter, International Dateline, three times a 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 

Laura Shapiro

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

Second Vice President and Membership Co-ordinator
Elizabeth Duke
a member of the Australian Women’s Club

Dateline Editor
Laura Schapira
a member of the American Women’s Club of London

Honourary Secretary
Deepti Yadav
a member of the Women’s India Association

Honourary Treasurer
Post Vacant

Assistant Honourary Treasurer
Bernadetta Bartolini Baldelli
a member of the KCWC

Assistant Honourary Secretary
Charlotte James
a member of the KCWC

Assistant Membership Co-ordinator
Moya Gibbon
a member of the New Zealand Women’s Association

InterClub Hospitality & Combined Events
Lamees Ibrahim
a member of the KCWC

Zehan Albakri-Verden
a member of the Pan Asian Women’s Association

Assistant Hospitality & Combined Events
Fatimah Sa’adon Gammage
a member of The Women’s Council

Immediate Past President
Hulya Kocu
a member of The Women’s Council

Dateline Designer
Luisella Strona
a member of Il Circolo

Barbara Richards
a member of the Canadian Women’s Club

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