Membership in the UNWG is open to any woman who is a staff member or the spouse of a staff member of the United Nations Organizations or Permanent Missions to these organizations in Vienna. A monthly newsletter and weekly Friday updates are available to all members. The Guild has monthly General Meetings as well as a Welcoming Coffee to introduce new members. Very often this includes a cultural program hosted by the representative of a country. The UNWG has many regular activities for our members to pursue special interests and to meet other members in smaller groups. These activities include language classes, walk-run, crafts, cooking classes, book and poetry reading, and visits to Austrian cultural highlights and to other countries. In addition, we have on-going fundraising through our Kiosk, Charity Shop and Book Shop. The Family Support Committee aims to promote Guild members' emotional well-being and is available to find support and guidance in crisis situations.
To apply for UNWG membership, please come by the UNWG office in VIC, Room F-1036. Or contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Each year at the Annual General Meeting 11 members are elect to be on the Board to plan and implement programs of the following year. The composition of the UNWG Board reflects the diversity of the general members, coming from different parts of the world. For a list of the Board members from 1999 to 2023, please click here.
The elected Board for 2023 from left to right: Li Wenying (China) Treasurer; Choghik (Shosho) Baghdoyan (Lebanon-Austria) Activities Chairwoman; Theresia Pek (U.S.A.-Austria) Newsletter Editor; Rui Qing Zhou (China) 1st VP; Kavita Verma (India) Bazaar Chairwoman; Isabelle Ekwelle (Cameroon) President; Azin Forooghi (Canada) Secretary; Sangeetha Subbagari (India) Welcoming Chairwoman; Sonia Saadi (Austria-Palestine) Membership Chairwoman. Missing from photo: Patricia Esperon Caruso (Argentina) 2nd VP; Marina Balasanyan (Armenia) Publicity Chairwoman
Top row left to right: Ouma Diakité, Yamina , Barbara Bao, Oana Jacobs, Rana Hawash Al-Masri, Anna , Maya Subki, Cathy Kieffer, () , Nora Aubert
Bottom row left to right: Azin , Leena , Tamara Babayan-Bohdjalian, Nadia Chabane, Aleksandra Jackowska.
Absent from photo: Marina Koloskova, Tsige , Tara Desai, Marie Bromley Handy
The UNWG's major fundraiser is the Annual International Festival Bazaar. In addition, member volunteers work throughout the year at our ongoing fundraisers inside the VIC: Kiosk, Charity Shop and Book Sale.
Are you interested in making new friends, learning something new, sharing a laugh? UNWG supports our members as we organize activities in many aspects of life in Vienna. Some of our activities include, but are not limited to: cooking demonstrations, language classes, craft groups, poetry reading, book discussions, walk-run in the Prater, city & woods walks, excursions to places near and far, cultural programs, sorting donated stamps and coins for the bazaar, etc. Whatever your interests are, you can usually find it, or start something new.