October 18 - October Monthly Meeting & 20th Anniversary

The October Monthly Meeting will take place Thursday, October 18th and marks the 20th Anniversary for IWF. In keeping with the spirit of the organization, which encourages exchanging experiences and fostering connections and friendships among it's members, we invite you to join us for a celebratory buffet meal where we are the chefs and the guests! We encourage everyone to contribute a dish which is dear to them, whether it be a  secret family recipe or a dish from 'back home' as cultural diversity in membership is a pillar of the founding spirit of IWF.  We hope you can join us to celebrate this occasion at Sympò Ex Chiesa (via Lame, 83)

November 15 - November Monthly Meeting

Save the date for the November Monthly Meeting, scheduled to take place Thursday, November 15th. Location and event details to follow.




September Social Event & Assemblea Ordinaria

Date Thursday, September 20, 2018 - 07:15 PM

The September Social Event and Assemblea Ordinaria will take place Thursday, September 20th at Dynamo Velostazi ...

Kathryn Knowles Life and Memorial Service

Date Saturday, September 22, 2018 - 12:00 AM

The IWF community is sorry to inform you that our cherished member, and ex-president, Kathryn Knowles, passed away on September 1 ...

October Monthly Meeting & 20th Anniversary

Date Thursday, October 18, 2018 - 07:15 PM

The October Monthly Meeting will take place Thursday, October 18th and marks the 20th Anniversary for IWF. In keeping with the spirit of the organi ...

November Monthly Meeting

Date Thursday, November 15, 2018 - 12:00 AM

Save the date for the November Monthly Meeting, scheduled to take place Thursday, November 15th. Location and event details to follow. ...


Meet & Greet

Date Tuesday, October 30, 2018 - 07:00 PM

Hello, As the new Leader for this group, I am filled with ideas and goals as to where I hope to contribute and connect ...


Giardini Margherita to San Michele in Bosco

Date Saturday, October 27, 2018 - 09:00 AM

Hello Runners & Walkers, Mark you calendars for Saturday, October 27th at 9amWe will meet at Giardini Margherita, at ...



Date Friday, October 26, 2018 - 01:00 PM

Hi All,I'm very excited to have joined the IWF family and to be organizing the LanguageXchange. We will meet ...


Book Club October 25 8:30 pm

Date Thursday, October 25, 2018 - 10:30 PM

October's selection:  Walk Through  Walls:  a Memoir  by Marina ...


Visit to the Teatro Testoni Ragazzi

Date Wednesday, October 24, 2018 - 06:30 PM

With its more than 20 theaters, Bologna and its surrounding area certainly provide a very wide choice for theater ...


Meeting at Cafe Pappare beginning October 3rd

Date Wednesday, October 17, 2018 - 10:30 AM

With the changing season we will head indoors to Cafe Pappare (via Dei 'Giudei,2)) beginning October 3rd and going ...


Bologna Cocktail Week at Emporio 1920

Date Tuesday, October 16, 2018 - 07:30 PM

Join us for an evening of delicious cocktails and atmosphere during the annual Bologna Cocktail Week 2018! We will ...


Change of date for autumn ramblers weekend

Date Saturday, October 13, 2018 - 06:34 PM

The autumn ramblers' weekend will be 13-14 October, instead of the previously-announced date of 6 - 7 October.  Please ...


The industrial heart of Bologna

Date Saturday, September 29, 2018 - 10:00 AM

Dear IWF Friends, I am very glad to invite you to our very first Culture Club outing for this new year ...


Run/Walk Parco dei Cedri

Date Saturday, September 29, 2018 - 09:00 AM

Hello ladies Time to dust off your running shoes! I trust you all had a great summer break and perhaps even time to ...


Kocktailklatsch Kick-Off at Re Sole

Date Thursday, September 27, 2018 - 07:30 PM

Join us to kick off the new season with no-host cocktails and nibbles at chic bar Re Sole. This bistro/cocktail ...


IWF Bologna

is a social and professional network of English-speaking women


The International Women's Forum is a non-profit organization founded in October 1998 in Bologna, Italy for English-speaking women of all nationalities. The group serves as a professional, cultural and social resource where members have the opportunity to exchange experiences, make professional contacts, find support and friendship, and speak English.

The diversity of our current membership reflects the founding spirit of the IWF with more than 100 members of all ages and professions originating from 20 different countries. In addition to general meetings held one Thursday a month, the IWF is comprised of several smaller groups organized according to member interests. Whether you have just landed in Bologna or have called it home for decades, the IWF offers an enriching experience for all members. More on the IWF

Bologna Inside Second Edition

Everything you need to know to make Bologna home

Bologna Inside Guidebooka guidebook for English speakers living in or around Bologna, Italy. The guidebook, available in a 192-page volume and online at, is aimed not at tourists, but rather at newcomers who seek to make Bologna “casa” and need help orienting themselves to the area’s resources, services and bureaucratic procedures.

We've PUT the "F" in IWF

We’ve literally put the “forum” in International Women’s Forum. Members are in touch all the time via our online community. Read and post messages on a variety of topics ranging from health care to apartment hunting. Need a ride to an IWF event? Wondering instead how to get an Italian driver’s license? Check the forum! You can also use the private message function to send e-mail to other participants. While most discussions can be read by all, only members (both near and far!) can post messages. Visit the forums