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 on special occasions. 


We held some fun events in October 2020 in support of the breast cancer unit at Policlinico Modena through the association Il Cesto di Ciliegie including online cooking classes.


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. 

IWA Modena in numbers


IWA Modena has grown steadily since its foundation in 2014. Many members have been with us for several years and we keep growing!


We have members coming from Italy, Germany, UK, USA, France, Greece, Canada, Argentina, Belgium, Brazil, Mexico, Poland, Romania, Sweden, Turkey, Colombia, India, Israel, and Spain


Our members know life in Italy pretty well. On average our foreign members have lived here for 7.3 years, and we have a 32% of our members that are locals.


We organise the collection of children’s toys, useful products for the homeless and in 2018 and 2019 we organised two big charity galas in favour of Casa Delle Donne Contro la violenza and raised more than €16,000 for their projects.

Our Vision

All IWA Modena members fully embrace their life in Modena and actively support other women.

Our Mission

The International Women’s Association of Modena is a volunteer-run, non-profit network of Women for Women who live in, and around Modena. We are a group of internationally-minded, English-speaking women who support each other with:

  • the integration into a new community
  • empowering each other in our personal and professional development
  • providing opportunities to contribute to the association and the local community at large.

IWA Modena & AIW Partnership

As our slogan, “Women for Women” continues to inspire us to give back to our Modenese Community, it is with great pride that this year we announce our partnership with the Association for the Integration of Women (AIW). IWA Modena continue to support women’s associations as we did in 2018 and 2019 with Casa delle Donne Contrο la Violenza Modena, raising in total over 16.000 Euros, and in 2020 by supporting the project with Il Cesto di Ciliege.

Latest News

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