Season’s Greetings from FIWAL

seasons greetingsDear Friends,

Season’s Greetings! I wish you and your families a happy, healthy and peaceful New Year.  Let us hope that sense and justice prevails in those parts of the world where there is conflict and disturbances.

I am delighted to be elected as the Interim President of FIWAL and thank you for placing your confidence in me. I can assure you that you will not be disappointed. I have been part of FIWAL Executive for the past seven years and I look forward to continuing with the social, cultural and friendly aims of FIWAL.

It has always impressed me to notice the way our Member clubs work so that they could touch the lives of those who are less fortunate than us. Most of the clubs, irrespective of their charity status, are helping to educate girls. Every girl who is educated does not just change her own life or the life of her family but contributes hugely to the life of her community. In many parts of the world the women’s situation is unbelievably awful and anything that helps to change their lives for the better has to be applauded and supported.

One of the pleasures of the festive season is the opportunity to extend cordial greetings to all of you whose devotion we value so highly at FIWAL. Thanks to you we will be going into the New Year with the understanding, support and strength to build on our accomplishments.

With the passing of time however, one has to make changes and we at FIWAL are well aware of it. We strongly encourage your suggestions and very valuable input. It is most fortunate that we can learn from each other’s expertise.

As always, it is my pleasure to assist you in any way that I can. Please do not hesitate to contact me, I am always happy to help.

I look forward to our working together and thanks again.

Best wishes,

Hulya Kocu
Interim President, FIWAL


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PAWA Sponsored Walk

PAWA Sponsored Walk

The morning of 23rd September 2012 saw Regents Park temporarily transformed as The Pan Asian Women’s Association organised a sponsored walk in aid of their charities. On arrival participants were treated to a remarkable Zumba warm-up.

A number of FIWAL members registered for the event and amongst those walking were Deepti Yadav (FIWAL Secretary) and Margaret Wickware (FIWAL Past President). Despite risks of heavy rain there was a remarkable turnout and the event was a tremendous success.

Congratulations PAWA!

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Welcome to Hulya Kocu, Interim President

Following its Board Meeting on 1st October, FIWAL is delighted to announce that Hulya Kocu has accepted the office of Interim President.

Hulya is Past President of The Association of Turkish Women in Britain and is a member of the Hampstead Women’s Club and the Women’s Council. She was invited to join the FIWAL Executive Committee seven years ago and has served as part of the Combined Events Committee for five years and as Second Vice President for two years.

FIWAL’s Executive Committee looks forward to working with Hulya over the coming year, and thanks Margaret Wickware for her hard work and dedication as President over the past year. As well as an Annual ‘Presidents and Representatives Lunch’ to look forward to in November, representatives of FIWAL’s clubs have extended invitations to an exciting range of events hosted by their own clubs. Please have a look at our Member Association Events page.



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We hope you will join us on Wednesday 23 May 2012 at 1pm for a FIWAL luncheon featuring Turkish cuisine. As well as being an opportunity to network, exchange ideas and enjoy a delicious luncheon kindly hosted by Hulya Kocu at her residence in NW11, there will be an exhibition/ sale of Stella &Dot’s newest jewellery collection.

For tickets (£15) please contact Salwa Mayassi (email


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What is a Social Entrepreneur?

“A social entrepreneur is a person who has both a powerful idea to cause a positive social change and the creativity, skills, determination and drive to transform that idea into reality. Social entrepreneurs combine the savvy, opportunism, optimism and resourcefulness of business entrepreneurs, but they devote themselves to pursuing social change or “social profit,” rather than financial profit. Behind all innovative business, there are entrepreneurs–individuals who possess the foresight, belief and boldness to build something new. The same holds for social change. Behind almost all important social innovations are social entrepreneurs–people with new ideas for solving problems, who build new kinds of organizations to implement those ideas, who will not take ‘no’ for an answer, and who will not give up until they have spread their ideas as far as they possibly can.” – David Bornstein

Be a part of something new! Join FIWAL on Monday, 30 April for the All-Day Conference!

Details to receive your tickets are on our events page.

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Tea and Chocolate Tasting Event

With Valentine’s Day approaching, what better time to enjoy tasting different teas and chocolates! FIWAL members are invited to the acclaimed East India Company on Wednesday, 8th February to learn about and sample their delicious teas and chocolates. You will also have a chance to purchase something for your loved ones (with a 10% discount).

Please RSVP and send your payment of £5 as soon as possible – and do let us know if you will be joining us for lunch afterwards.

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2012 Conference Announcement

Happy New Year!

I am delighted to announce details of our upcoming conference. Our Secretary, Lynne McAlister has crafted a very eye-catching flyer that I hope might simply be added to your club’s electronic newsletters or added to your websites for widespread distribution to all your members.

You can view the full sized flyer here.

A registration form is available on the ‘FIWAL Events’ page. I am very much hoping that contingents from all 35 FIWAL member clubs are present with us on the 30 April at the Mayfair Hotel.

We are now forming a Conference Committee to help with administrative matters relating to this event. If you would like to help us either on the day or beforehand, please do not hesitate to be in touch (

Besides news of the conference, our FIWAL website has been updated with information about events being organized by our member clubs. Click here to see them. The latest issue of Dateline has also been added to the website.

I would like to encourage you to sign up to be apprised of regular updates from FIWAL. On the lower right hand corner of this site, there is a spot to type in your email address. It is a free service! Currently, more than 30 people subscribed to receive updates. I am hoping that we will have  about four times that number by the time of the conference!

With every good wish,

Margaret Wickware
President, FIWAL 2011-2012
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