IWAThe International Women's Association of Bucharest
IWA is a volunteer-run nonprofit association, bringing people together since 1978. 


The International Women's Association of Bucharest is an independent, voluntary, charitable, non-profit and apolitical organization. The purpose of IWA is to promote friendship amongst women of all nationalities living in Romania, and to introduce its foreign members to the life and culture of our host country. In addition, IWA raises funds to support such charitable projects and organizations as IWA determines to be sound and worthy recipients of funding. IWA was founded in 1978 by members of the diplomatic community and local women, and became a legal association in 2000.

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Please contact us via email:  iwabucharest@gmail.com

For business purposes, our mailing address is:
IWA: The International Women's Association of Bucharest
Str. Gheorghe Lazar nr. 5B, ground floor, apt. 1, 
Sector 1, Bucharest, Romania


IWA is a proud member of Open Door
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IWA is a happy partner of Bucharest with Kids
your English language volunteer-run resource for families.


We're so glad you are visiting our website. IWA members are a diverse and dynamic group of people from around the world. We offer a wide range of activities, ranging from monthly coffee mornings, to  clubs, lectures, lunches and outings. We enrich our time in Bucharest by learning more about Romania. We share a desire to impact less fortunate communities through our charity grants, funded by a remarkable multicultural Charity Christmas Bazaar in December. We encourage you to attend one of our monthly Newcomer Meet Ups or Coffee Mornings - you are bound to make at least one new friend. There is truly something for everyone here so don't put it off any longer! We look forward to meeting you.

Best wishes, 
Gladys, Strella and all the women of IWA

IWA is run by volunteers!

2019-2020 team:

President:  Terry O'Donnell Parsons (American)

Vice President:  Deborah Harper-Christian (American)

Second Vice President:  Gillian Adamson (British/Irish)

Treasurer: Claudia Andrei (Romanian/American)

Secretary: none at the moment

Charity Chair:  Delia Sfetcu (Romanian)
supported by a large committee

Membership Co-Chairs:
Cheryl Shirzadi (American)
Win Larsen (Philippines)    

Activities Committee:
Shirley Navone (Belgian)
Ana Zuravliova (Lithuanian)
Silvia Margineanu (Romanian) 
Alecsandra Ecard (Romanian)

Communications Committee:
/Social Media:
Kathrin Finke (German) 
/Website: Andreea Rusu (Romanian)
/Magazine support: Yuliana Garmash (Russian), Zoe Popa (Bulgarian/German), Monica Bommer-Neuner (Austrian)

Audit Committee:
Rakhi Chaturvedi (Indian)
Diana Visan (Romanian)
Ramona Pandelas (Romanian) 

Contingency Committee:
Marina Coanda Bundac (Romanian)
Delia Sfetcu (Romanian)
Georgiana Pogonaru (Romanian) 

We thank our 2018-2019 Board of Directors and Executive Team for their hard work and tremendous efforts to support IWA!

2018-2019 team:

President:  Gladys Abankwa-Meier-Klodt (Ghanaian/German)

Vice President & Fundraising:  Strella Ahn (South Korean)

Treasurer: Lauren Wilson (Canadian)

Secretary: Gillian Adamson (British/Irish)

Charity:  Delia Sfetcu (Romanian)
supported by a large committee

Kathrin Finke (German) 
Fatima Gruben (Portuguese) 
Magazine support:  Zoe Popa (Bulgarian/German)
and Claudia Andrei (Romanian/American)
Webmaster: Terry O'Donnell Parsons (American)

Rabia Degand (Moroccan/French)
Andreea Rusu (Romanian)     

Anna Tsekova (Bulgarian)
Migyung Park (South Korean)
Johanna Traven (American/Irish) 
Alecsandra Ecard (Romanian)

... with the helping hands of our community!

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