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Our new IWI Chairwoman, Karen Çiftçi, a British ex-pat in Istanbul, welcomes you to our re-designed and newly launched IWI website.

Karen is delighted to succeed and carry on the great work and leadership from Anna Ilhan, who effectively led the organization for the last two years. Karen, owner of Mine International in Istanbul, is a well-known presence in the international community.


"For all women of all nationalities, whether non working or working spouses, in a new city and culture, the IWI is a lifeline to friendship, culture and history, opening all these doors, offering opportunities for voluntary roles, whether in the IWI organization or charitable isnstitutions. A truly wonderful organisation!" T.T.

"I am so happy I joıned IWI! At the activities there is always a welcoming environment to socialize and bond with women from all nationalities. IWI was how I met my first group of friends in Istanbul."  W. C.

"Being new in a country is always a challenge so I was very happy when I found out about IWI.  It looked like a great organization that also had a Mums 'N' Kids group!  Having the possibility to have playdates with other children definitely helped us with our social life in Istanbul and made our experience in the new city very joyful.  It's been great to be part of it!"  S. J.

"It's been really awesome meeting great women who share a similar ex-pat journey as myself - and learning from them how to not only survive but thrive in this amazing city!" T. J.


Every month there are Newcomer Coffee Mornings where you can learn more about IWI and Istanbul. Contact us to find out more.



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