Supporting Farsi-speaking women and their families since 1989!

IWOO’s mandate is to empower women through programs and supports that impact the world’s equity and diversity while providing opportunities for women, and helping them improve the lives of their families and community.

Iranian Women’s Organization of Ontario’s Response to COVID-19 Regulations

Who we are

IWOO was initially created as an association of volunteer women dedicated to improving the lives of Iranian women and their families in Canada. 

In 2009, IWOO adopted a new vision and elected a Board of Directors, committed to a strategic direction that would be current, transparent, and reflective.

We now help immigrant community members, alongside Iranian-Canadians, to successfully integrate into Canadian society by achieving economic, social, and political equality while maintaining their heritage and cultural values.

What we offer

We provide a range of support services and programs to help you start, develop, and grow in Canada.

Upcoming events

We host virtual and in-person events and workshops throughout the year, along with our partners around Ontario.

Our Funders

Canadian Women & Sport’s Spotlight Grant is part of the Community Sport for All initiative. This project has been made possible in part by the Government of Canada. 

La subvention Focus du Femmes et Sport au Canada fait partie de l’initiative Le sport communautaire pour tous. Ce projet a pu être mis sur pied en partie grâce au soutien du gouvernement du Canada.

Through a Resilient Communities Fund grant, over the period of two years, our organization will build its resilience and sustainability by securing resources to implement recreation and well-being programs for staff, volunteers and members. We thank the Ontario Trillium Foundation for supporting us with this grant. This grant will enable IWOO to expand, adapt and add programs to support its volunteers and staff, and meet the changing needs of its members.

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Dr. Noushin Khasteganan

Dr. Noushin Khasteganan is a Certified Canadian Addiction Counsellor and graduated from McMaster University. She has a Medical Doctorate earned in Iran in 1996. With her extensive background as an experienced Medical Doctor in the mental health care field, she brings a wealth of knowledge to her practice and employs a variety of therapeutic models to support the community.

Leyly Mirsanjari

Leyly has a bachelor in French language and language & civilization diploma Aix -en provence faculty,  Event management diploma from CDI college ,Peer leadership certificate from Family service Toronto,Early development (Mother craft college),Child care assistant from TDSB.

She has extensive experience in teaching French.
She also coordinate and facilitates several multicultural groups in various ages, peer support group,senior focus group, women support group focused on violence against women and healthy family healthy community.She worked 10 years at Family service Toronto, as a failitator.
Currently she is working at TDSB as an education assistant.
She has volunteered for Tirgan festival ( as outreach coordinator, guest and dignitaries coordinator and event assistant),Behnam foundation ,Karafarin and Iwoo organization.

Saharnaz Nahidi

Saharnaz has Bachelor of Art and two Master’s Degree in Psychology and research of Art from Iran. She has also studied “Addiction Recovery Support “in Canada. She was a consultant of Psychology in a Psychiatry clinic in Iran and has experience of providing help and relief for addiction, mental disorders and child care here in Canada. She is currently work as a direct support worker full time job at Community Living Toronto with mental health and disabilities residents. Also doing counselling under supervision of Ms.Akerman at Karma cares community in Toronto. Saharnaz joined IWOO as a volunteer in 2017 and has been a member of mental health committee from 2020. She has dedicated herself for educating and helping women and girls to their maximum capacity enabling them overcome barriers. Saharnaz would like to support Farsi speaking women and girls in Iranian- Canadian community.

Parna Kazerani

Parna holds a B.A.Sc. degree in Electrical Engineering from University of Tehran and  M.A.Sc . degree in the same field from Concordia University. She grew up in Iran and moved to Canada in 2010. She is a capable communicator and creative problem solver with project management experience. She values community building and is hoping to be of service to her community.

Hengameh Saberi

Hengameh Saberi teaches at Osgoode Hall Law School. Outside academia, she has served on various nonprofit board of directors, worked as a consultant with a number of human rights institutions and brings to IWOO multi-jurisdictional experiences of organizational design and planning.