The International Women´s Club of Stockholm (IWC) was founded 55 years ago, in 1961
IWC Stockholm brings together expatriate women living in Stockholm. Our 350 members are truly international and represent over 60 nationalities.The Club has been administered by its members on an entirely voluntary basis since its inception in 1955.The Board consist of 11 members and an International Coordinator who arranges visits and exchanges with our sister clubs abroad. Swedish members who have returned to Stockholm after living abroad for a long period of time also play a role in the Club.
Through its activities, the Club provides opportunities to interact and share the cultures and interests of our members. IWC organizes activities that help expat members familiarize themselves with Stockholm and with Swedish culture.
The Club's other major purpose is helping needy women and children, both internationally and locally. Every year the club organises three main charity events. The first is in October with a fashion show, the second is in December when the luncheon is often organized by an embassy and has a specific country's Christmas traditions as the theme, and the third event is in March, close to International Women´s Day on March 8. The IWC´s charity events receive kind and generous support from the Swedish Royal family, embassies and many companies both Swedish and international.
IWC is purely a social club with the motto Friendship and Goodwill To All. It has no religious, political or commercial affiliations. IWC has created a peaceful and harmonious forum for its members and everyone who joins in our activities.
We were privileged to have Her Royal Highness Princess Lilian as patron of the Club from 1982 until her death in 2013.
The club’s main purpose is to welcome newcomers to Stockholm and provide them with a platform for creating networks among the foreign and local communities.
The other major activity is helping the needy internationally and locally whenever we can. Every year the club organises three charity events in October, December and March. The benefitting charities are carefully chosen by the IWC’s Executive Board.
The IWC’s philanthropic activities receive kind and generous support from the Swedish Royal family, embassies and many companies.
Upon arrival in Stockholm, many women are interested in joining the Club and finding out what we do. The IWC has a set of rules as to who is eligible to become a member, and applicants should be sponsored by a member and must be approved by the Executive Board.
Running of the club
The International Women’s Club has been administered on an entirely voluntary basis by its members since its formation in 1961. The Executive Board has 11 members: President, Vice President, Secretary, Treasurer, Bulletin Editor, Philanthropic Chair, Program Chair, Membership Chair, Hostess Chair, Tours and Museums Chair and Social Activities Chair. We also have a representative for international activities, the International Coordinator, and a Web Editor. Separate from the Executive Board is the Nominating Committee whose role is to ensure the continuity of Board membership needed for a smoothly running club.
55 years have passed and the IWC has reached its Golden Anniversary in no small part through promoting Friendship and Goodwill To All, the motto that is the backbone of our club. The IWC is a social club with no religious or political affiliations. The International Women’s Club has created a peaceful and harmonious meeting place for its members and everyone who joins in our activities.