our story

Why we exists is all because of you.

The Iranian Women’s Organization of Ontario (IWOO), a registered, not-for-profit organization, was established in Toronto, Canada in 1989. IWOO was initially created as an association of volunteer women dedicated to improving the lives of Iranian women and families.

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 of the needs of the  Iranian-Canadian community. This community is comprised of people from diverse backgrounds, most of whom have come as a result of the political upheaval and uncertainties in Iran. Here and now, IWOO serves all Ontarians who could benefit from its services.

Today, IWOO has become an organization that serves all Ontarians, especially the immigrant women and families, who could benefit from its services.

IWOO is committed to assisting women, families, and members of the broader immigrant communities in Ontario, to overcome barriers, become economically independent, and contribute productively to all aspects of life in Canada.

 

Vision
IWOO intends to help the immigrant community members, alongside with the Iranian-Canadians, to successfully integrate into Canadian society by achieving economic, social, and political equality while maintaining their heritage and cultural values.
Objectives
  • To provide support to women and their families
  • To improve the social, economic, and educational opportunities for women and their families
  • To promote solidarity and collaboration among women
  • To provide a platform for profiling of the artistic, literary, and entrepreneurial accomplishments of women and their families
  • To collaborate with other not-for-profit organizations and government agencies with similar mandates
  • To promote charitable work, volunteerism and mentorship
  • To facilitate and encourage civic engagement

 

 

Mission
Our mission at the Iranian Women’s Organization of Ontario (IWOO) is to provide support to women and their families. To improve the social, economic, and educational opportunities for women and their families. To promote solidarity and collaboration among women.
Values
  • Respecting community, clients, staff, and stakeholders
  • Celebrating diversity, working to eliminate oppression and embrace equity
  • Serving the community with accountability and transparency
  • Striving to effectively and responsibly maximize the use of public funds and resources
  • Collaborating and partnering with like-minded organizations, communities, and individuals to build and strengthen organizational capacity
  • Fostering innovation and best practice service delivery models in fulfilling the organizational mission

 

 

POLICIES AND PROCEDURES

Our Structure

The General Meeting of members is called once a year.
The Board of Directors is composed of the president, vice-president, treasurer and secretary, three members at large and two alternate members, and is elected for a two-year period.
Five committee chairs are an integral part of the governance of the agency; they may or may not be members of the board.

Members: Individuals supportive of IWOO’s Mission, Vision, Values, and Objectives can become members by paying an annual fee. Regular membership is $30.00 and honorary/program-specific membership is $100.00.

IWOO has a unique staff structure and management style. Since the Board at IWOO practices both a working model and a policy governance model, staff at IWOO report to the Board.