Welcome to the Berlin International Women’s Club

We represent women from all around the world and from all walks of life; we have more than 300 members from 45 nations and we communicate in English. We strive to foster mutual understanding and tolerance through cultural exchange, friendship and support. We currently have lots of different activity groups which host events almost every day.

The Club was founded in 1992 and since then, we have relied on the volunteer work of our members. Please come and share your talent or skills. Becoming a member of BIWC means sharing our world of vivid cultural and social exchange and developing international friendships in the interesting, diverse community of Berlin.

Whether you are a long-time resident or have moved to Berlin recently, you are welcome to become a member.The two monthly Meet & Greet meetings are your first point of contact.

Hello, my name is Carol Marquardt and I was born and brought up in Glasgow, Scotland. I first visited Berlin in the summer of 1968 when I met my future husband during a youth exchange trip between the Glaswegians and the Berliners. Two and a half years later, in 1970, I came to live and work in Berlin, and, since then, I’ve never looked back. I first worked for the American Allied Forces in Zehlendorf for just over 20 years. When the Wall came down it opened up a challenge for me to work for a German company and for almost 20 years I worked with a German telecommunications firm. I am now a happy pensioner and I have a lot of time to spend as a volunteer for the BIWC as well as enjoying the activities that our hard-working Special Interest Group coordinators offer to our members.

I joined the BIWC in the autumn of 2011. In 2012, when approached to consider taking on the position of secretary on the Executive Committee (EC), I jumped at the chance. This was my professional background and I was in my element. From March 2013 to March 2015, I was the Club’s secretary, working closely together with the then President, Ruby Ma.

I thoroughly enjoy working on the EC, it gives me such a lot of satisfaction. In March 2015, I decided to change positions and became the Vice President, working alongside our current President, Marlies Salazar. The Vice President has a completely different area of responsibility, and I really enjoy working closely with the coordinators of BIWC’s Special Interest Groups and the Club’s two Neighbourhood Groups.