At IWI, we know how much the current COVID-19 pandemic is impacting our members and their wider communities. We encourage them to follow official instructions, namely stay confined and practice social distancing. While all IWI physical events have been cancelled since March 13, the IWI Board is making sure its members feel supported through its online networks and activities (check your Member Section for more info). Stay safe and hopeful!
Early March 2020, IWI organized a special Sunday Brunch at the Marriott Hotel (Şişli) to celebrate with its members, their families, friends, and members from other sister organizations, the International Women's Day! IWI also successfully co-organized with Istanbul ACCUEIL, Kelen and Institut Français a roundtable on Women's Rights featuring a Turkish social worker, a Senegalese writer and a Turkish international lawyer.
IWI's annual signature event, the Winter Festival was again a true success! Held at the Marriot Hotel (Şişli) on December 1, 2019, it welcomed more than 2000 visitors, enthralled with the hundred of stalls and the many child friendly-activities! (For more info, check our Event page.)
At its last Annual General Meeting held 22 May 2019, IWI's members elected the organization's Board. Comprising of 11 members, it is chaired by two co-Chairwomen – Yasemin Kunze-Concewitz and Monisha Kar, and a vice-Chairwoman – Julia Özdemir.
Yasemin (right) has over 30 years of experience with IWI, having once held the position of Chairwoman, and is on the IWI Board of Controllers. Monisha (center) has been on the IWI Board since 2016, and is a former Editor of the Lale magazine. Julia (left) joined the IWI Board in 2018, and has since been a driving force behind the success of our last editions of the Wellness Lounge and Winter Festival.
"Shadi and Julia, business networking coordinators, do such a great job for our business networking group and I'm so thankful. For me personally/ professionally, they helped organize a coaching workshop for the business networking group and then for the whole of IWI. Both of these events went really well and were a good opportunity to introduce my coaching services to IWI members. The venues have been very nice, the members that have attended have been high quality, and the events have been very successful for me professionally. Thank you for all your hard work!" T. A.
"The international Women of Istanbul organisation was an absolute lifesaver when I arrived in this exciting but enormous city in 1992. We used to receive two pieces of paper stapled together with news of the latest activities. The magazine sent out now is a total luxury. During the first ten years of membership I was able to find lasting friendships. We formed tennis groups, book clubs and many other activities. I have now been living on Büyükada for 27 years, summer and winter. Still an honorary member! May the organisation continue to welcome new residents to this city!" A.B.
"For all women of all nationalities, whether non working or working spouses, in a new city and culture, the IWI is a lifeline to friendship, culture and history, opening all these doors, offering opportunities for voluntary roles, whether in the IWI organization or charitable isnstitutions. A truly wonderful organisation!" T.T.
"I am so happy I joıned IWI! At the activities there is always a welcoming environment to socialize and bond with women from all nationalities. IWI was how I met my first group of friends in Istanbul." W. C.
"It's been really awesome meeting great women who share a similar ex-pat journey as myself - and learning from them how to not only survive but thrive in this amazing city!" T. J.