On Wednesday 23 September 2020 Islamic Women’s Welfare Association (IWWA) hosted its celebration of 20 years of service to the community at Himalaya Emporium Function Centre in Bankstown, Sydney.

Speeches were given by the Mayor of Canterbury Bankstown City Council Khal Asfour, Detective Chief Inspector Paul Albury of Campsie Police and Sheikh Shady Al-Suleiman, Founder of the United Muslims of Australia.

20 years ago, a group of Muslim women from culturally diverse backgrounds met to discuss the needs of the many different groups in the community.  After six months of debating and researching the Islamic Women’s Welfare Association was born.  IWWA is a not for profit charity run by a team of volunteers with Sister Abla Kadous as the President.

The main aim of the group was and still is to look after the well-being of Muslim women and girls from all nationalities.  Currently, we have close to 2,000 members from over 30 different nations.

IWWA has concentrated on developing the spiritual needs of our sisters by creating programmes through the teaching of our religion on how to improve their knowledge which when put in practise will make them stronger women, friends, mothers, daughters, wives and excellent members of the Australian community who contribute to society in a positive and meaningful way.

In the last 20 years we have developed many programmes to meet the needs of Muslim women and their families through education and socialisation in the way of bus trips to tourist spots, Ramadan Iftars, Eid dinners, picnics, and camps for girls.

These are just some of the outdoor activities that help build the strong bonding and friendship among the sisters.

IWWA also offers regular programmes including Playgroup, Nursery classes, School Readiness programmes, School Holiday programmes and a food programme for the needy.  IWWA also runs two Arabic Language Schools at Wiley Park and Birrong.

To find out more you can visit our website: iwwa.org.au; Facebook @IslamicWomensWelfareAssociation or Instagram IslamicWomensWelfareAssoc