While our journeys to Rome may be different, AWAR members share a common commitment to this beautiful community and the people who live here.
Founded in 1955 at the suggestion of then U.S. Ambassador to Italy, Clare Boothe Luce, The American Women’s Association of Rome (AWAR) is a non-political, non-sectarian and not-for-profit organization.
We are united by a common language, shared interests and friendship. Participating in AWAR offers unique opportunities for personal enrichment and connection to the community.
AWAR board members with Sr. Eugenia Bonetti, founder of "Slaves No More" and advocate against human trafficking, accepting a donation from AWAR at the February 2020 General Meeting. (Members - see the full photo album here)
Letter from Our President
When I first arrived in Rome, I was brand new to the city and the country. I learned of the American Women's Association of Rome (AWAR) through a friend, and I am so happy that I did. AWAR is a vibrant community of dynamic women who value friendship, charity, and culture. AWAR helped me develop a network of friends and support, and unveiled special opportunities for me to celebrate my new home in Rome.
It is an honor to serve as the president of AWAR, alongside so many dedicated volunteers and our global partners. Founded in 1955, AWAR has an impressive legacy of bringing global women and community leaders together. When you join AWAR you become part of our unfolding story. I look forward to a full calendar of events and gatherings with our members this year, and encourage any potential members to reach out to learn more about joining or collaborating with AWAR.
On the left, the goddess Venus, ancestress of Rome, appears on an ancient Roman coin which has been embedded in a laurel leaf to become the symbolic medallion of AWAR. On the right, she appears on one of the famed Liberty gold coins which were first minted in the United States in 1838.