History of the IWC

A group of Thais and foreign residents in Bangkok met in 1964 with the objective of starting an international women’s club. Those involved actively in the formation of the club were M.R. Sermsri Kasemsri, Mrs. Dorothy Culver (an American, who was a former president of an International Women’s Club in the United States), Khunying  Mani  Sirivorasarn, Khunying  Alma Link, Aimee Lefevre and many more.

Mom Ngarmchitr Purachatra (a.k.a., Princess Prem Purachatra), the then president of the International Council of Women, encouraged the formation of the Club. It was officially founded as the International Women’s Club of Thailand in 1965 under the presidency of M.R. Sermsri Kasemsri and had about 100 members.

Since its inception, the Club has emphasized the fostering of understanding between women of different nationalities and the promoting of various women’s causes worldwide. IWC became very popular among women of all nationalities, religions and ethnic backgrounds, where women have learned to appreciate different cultures and respect for one another.

The main objectives of the International Women’s Club of Thailand were:

  • To foster friendship and mutual understanding among women of different nationalities, without discrimination of race or creed.
  • To promote the cause of education and social interest in the national welfare of women and children.
  • To broaden women’s interest in current affairs, in order to encourage them to promote the status of women.
  • To keep abreast of other women’s organizations.