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).


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Latest News

My Modenese Hit List – by Maria Ortega Villanueva

After joining some IWA Modena meetings and getting to know some of you, I have realized that many members came to Modena not long ago and in several cases, such as mine, came from a big city and were shocked by the change… especially during winter, when it is cold...

Learning to cook like a Modenese

An appetite, a willingness to try something new and a desire to cook like a Modenese (comfortable shoes are a plus too!) are all you needed for the fun filled night of cooking at the Scuola di Cucina Girasole in Modena’s historic city center. 12 IWA Modena women...

Water, Water, Water! – by Juli Madacey

Did you know that the human body is made up of more than two-thirds water?  Every cell in your body requires water.  Just a few of the benefits of drinking enough water are: Clear, smooth skin Proper kidney function Clear thinking Blood pressure regulation Properly...

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