The International Women of Istanbul (IWI) is a registered non-profit, non-political and self-supporting social organization that brings together international women of all ages and cultures in Istanbul.
There are currently over 600 IWI members from over 50 different countries. We range in age from early 20’s to over 80. Some of us work, some have children, some are moving to Istanbul to live here for the rest of their lives and some are fulfilling a life long dream to live in Istanbul for a year.
We welcome all international women who are living in Istanbul as any group like this is only as strong as its members. If we have a diverse, engaged and interesting membership base then we have a group that helps make life in Istanbul that much more interesting. It is hard to pinpoint the exact age of the IWI but we have minutes from the coffee morning held at the house of the American Ambassador and hosted by his wife over 35 years ago. The group has always been a social organization bringing together international women.
Istanbul of thirty, twenty, ten and even five years ago was a very different place to what we see today. Members tell stories of lining up at the xmas bazaar to buy the ingredients that they needed to make their Christmas cookies and cakes!
Although Migros, Macro and Carrefour now fulfill that role, Istanbul is still a city of over 12 million people. Although there are a large number of foreigners now living here, these numbers are dwarfed in terms of the local population. That is why the IWI still provides a vital role in the community.
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