Many people, especially outside Masonic organisations, see Freemasonry as a single, worldwide organisation. This is far from the truth. There are many different organisations, Masonic, affiliated, semi-Masonic, even pseudo-Masonic. The rough division is: Freemasonry that is related to the first Grand Lodge, the United Grand Lodge Of England (UGLE), founded in 1717; and Freemasonry that is not. Read more about that discussion here.
This website gives information about mixed gender and female only Freemasonry.
I have made pages with a some information about “co-Masonic” (mixed gender) and “femalecraft” organisations in a growing number of countries and regions. Choose a country from the menu on top of this page or go directly to this page. (A Google Map, look up your country, click on the link and return here.)
Visitors from the Netherlands and Belgium are invited to visit the Dutch-spoken version of this website which is (much) more in depth about their country.
There are different ways of working with Freemasonry. Read more about these different Rites here.
Feel free to add, correct and complement me using the comment fields below the pages. What you find here is just the result of me digging through (foreign language) Wikipedia pages, websites, Google results and whatnot. I am sure there are organisations and lodges that I missed or perhaps I listed some organisation that is perhaps Masonic in name, but not Freemasonry as such. When you know something that I do not, let me know.
I have not started the task of finding out which organisation recognises which. That would be quite an ordeal. I did -however- start to list if an organisation is member of one of the larger umbrella organisations such as CLIPSAS, CLIMAF or Catena. When you are member of an order that is member of CLIPSAS (to name one) and in some country that you intend to visit you find a lodge that is member of an order which member of CLIPSAS, there is a good chance that you can go out and visit. Make sure to go through the official route of your Secretary though. (S)he may know lodges that you had not yet found yourself too.
Should you live in a country not yet listed, Wikipedia can be helpfull. Also note that several of the orders written about on the country’s pages work internationally. The original mixed order, Le Droit Humain, is a worldwide organisation. Several of their split-offs also have an international structure. It could well be that there are Le Droit Humain lodges or other lodges in your country, should it not yet be listed. Since Le Droit Humain is by and far the biggest, your best chances lay there. Click on the link above to go the a page where Le Droit Humain lists the countries where it is active.
I mentioned a few umbrella organisations that you could see if it includes your country. A lodge that is a member of either organisation is not necessarily mixed, but at least acknowledges and recognises mixed and women’s lodges.
- CLIPSAS, with 83 filiated organisations in North and South America, Europe and Africa;
- International Masonic Union “Catena” with members in Germany, France, Czech Republic and Spain.
Please use the navigation on top and right to find your way around here and/or go here for more general information