Join IWC Cape Town
If you would like to become a member of IWC Cape Town please enquire for more information.
Make Friends, Make Memories Make a Difference
The aim of the International Women’s Club of Cape Town is to promote friendship among women of all nations while also giving support to philanthropic projects.
Joining our club means not only do you get to meet an array of intelligent, interesting and international women here in Cape Town, but there are many tangible benefits as well. Our club creates a framework where members can meet each other while participating in engaging activities and giving back to the community in meaningful ways. We also have many exciting new initiatives as a club to keep our members connected even during difficult and remote times.
All members get access to fascinating speakers every month as part of their membership for no extra charge: we hold hybrid meetings over Zoom so if your calendar finds you in Europe or the US (or even just Johannesburg!) you can still partake in our activities. Monthly speakers cover a variety of topics from Napoleon and the Rosetta Stone (history), Women in Conservation, (Ecology/Environmentalism), Ian and Sandy Führ: Founders of Sorbet (Entreprenurship), Comedian Alan Committie (Humour), Alternative Healing and Sleep Studies (Medical/Health), and Philanthropy projects, to name only a select few. There is a speaker for everyone’s preferences!
We have a dynamic membership, and our club uses a unique trunk and branch approach to make sure no member gets left behind: the club is divided into geographical areas headed by area representatives who offer local coffee mornings and get-togethers so there is always a member nearby with whom you can meet up for a chat, ask questions about Cape Town, or car-pool to meetings.
Members have access to group activities from A – Z (Literally! From Art and Design group to our weekly Zumba dance classes, with many other activities in between!) Some of our popular group offerings include prestigious wine tastings with cellar masters, tours of exclusive gardens, and walking and hiking our beautiful local mountain trails.
See our Activities Page to find out more about our offerings.
Our updated monthly newsletter in magazine format that includes recipes, jokes, interviews, reviews and all course all the details of our IWC events, both in-person and virtually, from Stellenbosch to Stockholm. We record our IWC lectures and general meetings, so even if you cannot make the live or Zoom talk, you can still watch it later at your leisure on our IWC YouTube page.
Lastly, we are truly an international club: We have cultural exchanges, dance parties, cooking classes and lectures from other Open Door clubs in our network, and connect with other clubs from several other continents. It is a taste of “virtual travelling” while the real thing is still paused for the moment, and it is a way of creating community throughout the world. Our ease with technology means that even as a “swallow” you can still access all our wonderful activities of the IWC whilst overseas.
Message from the President
IWC – The Family We Choose Ourselves
The theme of 2023 will be, “IWC – The Family We Choose Ourselves.” Many of us in the International Women’s Club are far away from family and friends overseas, whether we are international members, or South Africans whose families are pursuing careers overseas. This is where the IWC of Cape Town comes into its own, providing friendship, camaraderie and, when appropriate, moral support. Our Philanthropic arm gives us purpose and helps us to connect to our local communities by supporting a broad spectrum of causes; from tackling the scourge of Gender Based Violence to facilitating garden projects in Khayelitsha.
2022 saw us bounce back to full strength with ten vibrant meetings at Kelvin Grove with a fascinating range of speakers from comedian Nick Rabinowitz to Captain Nick Sloan, who raised the Costa Concordia cruise ship, wrecked off the Italian coast. Our interest groups we offer has blossomed to 27 including: 4 language groups, Hiking & Walking, Art & Design as well as the many monthly social gatherings at cafes, wine farms and restaurants throughout the Cape where you really get to know your fellow members. There is also the opportunity to be a Tourist Around Cape Town, whether you are new to the City or were born & bred here, that has provided us with some fun experiences.
Our Call to Action – Make Friends, Make Memories, Make a Difference: really reflects this combination of Friendship, Fun & Philanthropy which has seen the club endure for 45 years.
I look forward to meeting you during the year ahead to welcome you to the family.
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