Indian Women's Association Singapore
 
 
 

FAQ


Why Become a Member?

IWA is the place to start if you are new to Singapore. The association provides social, networking, community, cultural, business skill development and other services to all its members. If you are living in Singapore and are looking for interesting activities, or want to volunteer with IWA join us. We also have many events and benefits that we run only for our members. .

Benefits of becoming a member

  • As a member you can attend the regular events organized by our various clubs open exclusively to members viz Book Club, Adda Club, Music Club, Entrepreneurs Club, Scrabble Club, Health & Fitness Club, Gourmet Goddess Club, KIDZVenture Club, Go Green Club and Writing Appreciation Club and IWA's I CARE Community Services.
  • We have multiple Coffee Morning for members to interact and make new friends.
  • Members get special rates as vendors for tables at our Bazaar Events.
  • Special discounted rates for members in paid events as well.
  • Members who run their small businesses can get special rates for advertisements through IWA e-newsletter and print magazine Dhwani
  • We have special events and promotions for our members that are announced though our newsletter from time to time
  • Our members can participate in our AGM, vote for committee positions and also hold such positions
  • We also have thank you dinners and lunches organized for our members on special occasion

Who can be a member?

Full membership is open to women of Indian Origin and to women married to men of Indian Origin. Women who do not fit into full membership criteria can apply for Associate Membership provided they are residing in Singapore. IWA memberships are for WOMEN only who are at least 21 years old. IWA currently offers only individual memberships. Corporate memberships are not yet available.

How to become a member ?

To become a member or renew your membership, you need to fill in a Membership Form on our website.

Types of Membership
  • IWA Full Member
  • Associate Member

How is Associate Membership different from Full Membership?

Associate Membership is open to women residing in Singapore who are neither of Indian origin nor are married to men of Indian Origin. Associate Members can avail all member privileges other than holding office or voting rights.

Membership Fees

Annual membership is SGD 120.00 per year for both Full and Associate members. Membership year is from January to December of the current year. Your membership benefits start from the day your membership is activated till the end of membership year. Membership is activated within a week after receipt of full payment - for online payments; & upon en-cashing for cheque payments for offline payments.The membership extends to the spouse and children of the member.

What are the payment options for paying membership fees?

  • Online via Paypal or credit card
  • Post a cheque to Indian Women's Association, P.O. Box 472, Orchard Post Office, Singapore 912316. Please write your name, email, phone no & membership type behind the cheque.

Can I make cash payments for Membership?

No. But you can pay online or send a cheque to the above mentioned address.

Is the membership fees refundable or transferable ?

Membership fees are non refundable and non transferable.

Which are the months in which IWA accepts Membership Applications?

We accept membership applications through the year. However, membership fees remain the same irrespective of the month in which you apply for membership. 

Can I fill a paper application form?

In our effort to go green and save environment we are only accepting online application forms from 2013. We have discontinued Paper forms from 2013. 

Do I need to fill the application form again if I am renewing my membership?

Members who have filled application form last year, do not need to fill in an online form. You only need to log in with your email address on our new website, click on renewal, verify your last year's details for change if any and proceed to payment for current year. All new members have to fill an online application form. If you do not renew within 15 days, your membership lapses. You can revive your lapsed membership anytime during the year.

I became a member of IWA mid-year. Can I get refund of difference of fees for the events that I attended earlier this year as non-Member?

No. If you register for a paid event as non-member, you pay the non-member charges. If you take up membership later, you cannot be refunded the difference even if the membership if for the entire year. We thus encourage you and send you multiple reminders to renew your membership as early in the year as you can to avail all member benefits.

If I need to edit my details after submitting online applications, how do I do it?

You can login to our website anytime, go to my profile and update your details using the id-password provided to you by our website

I want to change my payment option after submitting the application form. How do I do it?

As soon as you initiate your membership application, an invoice is generated for you to pay. You can login to www.iwasingapore.org with your userid-password and retrieve that invoice anytime. There is always an option to pay online. Alternatively, you can write to membership@iwasingapore.org and ask for assistance.

What is the turnaround time for application and payment processing?

If you pay online via paypal or credit card, your membership will be activated within a week. If you send in a cheque, our turnaround time depends on receipt and en-cashing of the cheque (usually 6-8 weeks).

Can I attend IWA events while my application is being processed?

You can attend all our open-to-everyone events while your membership is being processed. All our members-only events are published on our website and need you to have an activated membership status. If you wish to attend any member-only event, we recommend you to pay online which activates your membership instantly.

Am I issued a receipt and membership card after making payment?

In our effort to go green we will not be printing membership cards. Your Singapore E.P./NRIC will be your membership identifier. You will receive an online receipt once your membership payment is processed.

How do I get updates on IWA events?

Members are contacted only via emails so ensure that your email address is updated and correct. We send e_newsletters to all our members and non-members who opt in for them. E-Newsletetrs is the best way to keep yourself  informed about IWA happenings. If you are not receiving emails contact memberships, you can visit E-Newsletter menu on our website and subscribe to the newsletter. You can also keep yourself updated by visiting our website www.iwasingapore.org or facebook page www.facebook.com/iwasingapore.

If I want to extend privileges as a vendor to IWA members who do I contact?

Please email IWA Membership Privilege chair at privilege@iwasingapore.org

Who should I contact if I have any queries regarding membership?

Please email your queries to membership@iwasingapore.org



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