About the IWI

IWI logoWelcome to the International Women’s Institute Basel

Founded in 2015, as a place for women in Basel, Switzerland and the surrounding areas including the close by towns in France and Germany to make new friends, discover unknown talents and raise money for charities.

This group was created by our founding members who were inspired by the Women’s Institute in the UK and wanted to recreate something similar here in Basel. The Women’s Institute (WI) is a British community-based organisation for women. The British WI movement was formed in 1915 in Llanfairpwllgwyngyll, Anglesey Wales. It had two clear aims: to revitalise rural communities and to encourage women to become more involved in food production during the First World War. Today the WI is known for providing educational opportunities, reconnecting with traditional crafts, socialising and campaigning for women’s issues and charitable causes.

The aim of the International Women’s Institute is to replicate and expand that effort in Basel in order to give our members a time-out opportunity in a fun, relaxing environment so we can share and learn new talents, skills, and knowledge in crafts, baking, cooking and many other areas. At our events, we have fun and laughter and gain new experiences. New events are being added all the time and are updated regularly on our members-only Facebook group. We admire the WI for their great community spirit and charity support, therefore, we too give proceeds from our fundraising events such as the Bake Off, that we hold at various points throughout the year to support charities close to our hearts. At our Bake Off, we support the Basel Frauenhaus, Soup & Chill and the Surprise Strassenchor, but when possible, we also support other charities nominated by our members.

In short, members can expect to:

  • make new friends and socialise
  • great community spirit and charity support
  • share and discover new International talents, skills and knowledge
  • reconnect with traditional crafts
  • A time-out opportunity in a fun, relaxing environment.

Our members come from diverse backgrounds and from many different countries (UK, USA, The Netherlands, Malta and India to name a few), we meet once a month for members meeting (meetings held in English) and we host many other activities/events throughout the year. New members are always welcome.

The International Women’s Institute Basel is not officially affiliated with the WI in the UK.