The International Women’s Society was founded in 1957 in Lagos by a group of international public-spirited women.


  • To foster and promote international understanding among all people.

  • To work for the advancement of women and children in Nigeria.

  • To help and provide cultural exchanges for women of all races in the area of home-making, children, social welfare, health, home finance and education.

  • To endeavor to establish relations with similar organizations in Nigeria and other countries.

  • To aid worthwhile welfare and charitable projects.

  • To encourage and develop common interest among women by stressing similar outlooks and problems.

The Society is managed by:

  • A Board of Trustees;

  • An Executive Committee headed by the President;

  • Executive Committee elections are held yearly at the Annual General Meeting (AGM).



  1. Day Nursery, Yaba

  2. Skills Centre, Lekki

  3. LUTH Library and a Trolley Service for in-patients at Lagos University Teaching Hospital, Idi-Araba

  4. Widows Trust Fund – to enable widows source for and maintain livelihoods

  5. Scholarship Scheme for primary and secondary school students

  6. Ijebu-Ode Home for abandoned children.

Women of all nationalities who are interested in joining the Society and also who are willing to serve in any area of work are welcome.


  • Prospective members’ attendance of at least 3 meetings to understand the aims and objectives of the society.

  • First Ladies of diplomatic missions are honourary members.

  • Members are affiliated to Open Door Association of International Women’s Club with headquarters in The Hague.

  • Members are to join a committee or project on admission.

  • Payment of new member joining fee.

  • Payment of annual subscription dues before AGM.

  • IWS Fee: Annual Subscription Dues (which includes tea levy of N1,000), N10,000.

  • Joining fees for new members – N20,000.

  • IWS T-Shirt: N2,200

  • IWS Pin: N1,000


  • Must have been an active and paid up member for 10 years.


  • Circulated every 2 months

  • Contributions from members are welcome.

The Secretariat: Skills Acquisition Centre, 1 IWS Close, off Platinum Way, Km 15 Lekki/Epe Expressway, P. O. Box2304, Lagos, Nigeria. Tel: 08033050592, 07088693959.



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