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 some fun events in October 2020 in support of the breast cancer unit at Policlinico Modena through the association Il Cesto di Ciliegie.


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, Spain, Romania, Belgium, Canada, Argentina, France, Italy, Colombia, Australia, Belarus, Brazil,  India, Israel, Mexico, Argentina, Poland, Portugal, Serbia, Switzerland, Sweden, and Turkey.


Our members know life in Italy pretty well. On average our foreign members have lived here for 7,5 years, and we have a 30% of our members that are locals.


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

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,...

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...

Il Borgetto – the little known secret by Arpita Pandya D’Amico

I don’t know about you but we’re always having to look for something to do at the weekend with guests who’ve flown in to experience our “bella vita”. Something typically Italian that reaffirms the grass-is-always-greener feeling one often gets when one is on holiday...

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