Welcome to 

the International Women’s Association of Modena



Our Story

It might be destiny or just amazing coincidence that the city’s motto is: “Avia Pervia”, which translates into “let difficult paths made be easy to walk”. These two words, representing the city of Modena, are speaking from our hearts, as they are identical to our goals as an association.

A deep wish to help others, who are in the same situation like so many of us had been once, was the key driver to build this association, which has grown unbelievably fast since our foundation in December 2014.  

What We Do


Bi-weekly coffee mornings and aperitivos. Business lunches and seminars. Evening events at special occasions. 


We are planning the second charity event in November 2019 to support Casa Delle Donne with a project called “Operazione: everyday essentials.


Once a year we gather for the Annual General Meeting, a Thank You aperitivo for all the volunteers and the Christmas Dinner for our members.

community support

You will be informed by our monthly newsletter about activities offered by the association and the city. We have a lively WhatsApp group to answer all your questions. 

Our Mission

We are an organization of women to women with the scope of making newcomers feel instantly at home in their foreign environment and for providing stimulating and enriching new experiences for those who call Modena their home.
We would like to offer opportunities, where we have fun and relaxed conversations (in a familiar language), where we can help each other through support and transfer of knowledge, where we can find new friends and enjoy interesting company, make professional contacts and exchange experiences, and last but not least learn about the beauty and culture of Italy and of our enchanting home-town Modena.

IWA in numbers


IWA Modena has grown steadily since its foundation 4 years ago. Many members have been with us for several years and we keep growing!


We have members from Germany, US, UK,  Greece, Sweden, Spain, Romania, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, Colombia, France, Hungary, India, Israel, Mexico, Netherlands, Palestine, Portugal, Serbia, Switzerland, Turkey and more.


Our members know life in Italy pretty well. On average they lived here for 15 years (without locals, 6 years).


We organise the collection of children’s toys, useful products for homeless and in 2018 we organised a big charity gala in favour of Casa Delle Donne Contro la violenza and raised more than 4500 Euros for their projects.

Latest News

IWA Modena Fall Family Day

Many members, their partners and children gathered for a wonderful fall celebration at Fattoria Bio Centofiori Agriturismo, in Marzaglia. It was a memorable day full of fun activities for children and excellent food and relaxation in the Modenese countryside. A big...

IWA Modena Members Meet the Mayor!!!

The International Women’s Association of Modena had the honour of meeting the Mayor of Modena, Gian Carlo Muzzarelli, to present its mission and organization. On 13 November the Board and members of the International Women’s Association of Modena (IWA Modena) attended...

An EXPAT Friendship by Sarah Alcala

In August of 1990 my husband, Paul, and I moved along with our 5 month old daughter from Michigan to Graz, Austria and so it began. Since that time, we have lived on 4 continents in 5 countries and in 7 cities including the USA. Apart from the obvious adventures,...

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