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IALRW celebrates 100 years! For information: ialrw.org

The International Association of Liberal Religious Women (IALRW) is one of the oldest international women’s organizations in the world. It was convened in Berlin in 1910 and since that time has provided a link between liberal religious women throughout the world.

It serves to promote friendship and cooperation between like-minded women and is a channel of communication for those striving for a liberal religious life. Members accept that each may belong to a different faith group, yet all share common values of striving for peace, justice and harmony, in the heart of the family, the community and the world.


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An annual newsletter reports on the activities of members in their different countries, and voices opinion on current issues and questions of concern to religious women. Current Newsletter (November 2006)
IALRW Newsletter Nov. 2006

Social Action

The Association promotes equality for women and economic and social justice. It sponsors an on-going social action project for women in India, offering training in literacy and vocational skills to enable disadvantaged women to become self-sufficient. It also supports other women’s projects on a one-time basis.

It promotes the inclusion of women’s roles in religion on the agenda of special events in the UN calendar and other national and international gatherings.


There are international conferences every three or four years and national and regional conferences in intervening years. Recent international conferences have been held in Taiwan, Hungary, Canada, South Korea, and India.

Interfaith Cooperation

As a member group of the International Association for Religious Freedom, the Association participates fully in its activities and promotes consideration of women’s issues in its agenda.


Membership is open to women from liberal faith communities throughout the world who seek to share their ideas, their experiences and concerns, offering support to each other in the search for spiritual enrichment and identity. The IALRW represents such diverse religious traditions as Buddhists, Hindus, Christians, Muslims, Unitarians and Universalists, and the liberal wings of other faith groups. Individual annual membership fees are the equivalent of US $15.


For further information, please contact any of the following:

Janjse Sick-Vernhout, the Secretary (Holland)
Achter de Hoven 51,
7419 AG Deventer,
The Netherlands

Kathy Matsui, President (Japan)

Susan Caravello, Treasurer (USA)

Christine Johnston, Vice-President (Canada)

Mikiko Wanatanabe, Vice-President (Japan)

IALRW is a member group of the International Association for Religious Freedom.
Other Related Women’s Groups: The Unitarian Universalist Women’s Federation

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