Die „Honourable Fraternity of Ancient Freemasons (HFAF), auch bekannt als „Freemasonry for Women” wurde 1913 gegründet und ging aus einer gemischten französischen Loge hervor.
“It was in 1902 that the first lodge of Co-Masons was formed in London and that importation from France soon snowballed. But within a few years some of its members became uneasy regarding the course being taken by the governing body in Paris. They felt that their ancient forms were in jeopardy and a departure from their traditional style was taking place; history was being repeated, for it was a similar state that had arisen in regular Freemasonry in the mid-18th century. Various members resigned from the Order and formed themselves into a Society from which was to emerge the Honourable Fraternity of Antient Masonry, but still as an association for men and women. On 5 June 1908 a Grand Lodge was formed with a Reverend Brother as Grand Master. He was the first and only male Grand Master and held that office for four years before retiring through ill health. His successor commenced the continuing line of female Grand Masters. Approximately ten years later it was decided to restrict admission to women only but to allow existing male members to remain. Within a very short period the title was changed to the Order of Women Freemasons but the form of address as ‘Brother’ remained, the term ‘Sister’ having been discontinued soon after the formation in 1908 as it was deemed unfitting for members of a universal Brotherhood of Freemasons.“
HFAF arbeitet mit dem sog. Universal Ritual, mit dem auch die United Grandlodge of England (UGLE) arbeitet. HFAF und UGLE stehen in positivem Austausch miteinander.
Statement der United Grandlodge of England (UGLE) vom 10.März 1999:
„There exist in England and Wales at least two Grand Lodges solely for women. Except that these bodies admit women, they are, so far as can be ascertained, otherwise regular in their practice. There is also one which admits both men and women to membership. They are not recognised by this Grand Lodge and intervisitation may not take place. There are, however, discussions from time to time with the women’s Grand Lodges on matters of mutual concern. Brethren are therefore free to explain to non-Masons, if asked, that Freemasonry is not confined to men (even though this Grand Lodge does not itself admit women). Further information about these bodies may be obtained by writing to the Grand Secretary. The Board is also aware that there exist other bodies not directly imitative of pure antient Masonry, but which by implication introduce Freemasonry, such as the Order of the Eastern Star. Membership of such bodies, attendance at their meetings, or participation in their ceremonies is incompatible with membership of this Grand Lodge.“
Im Rahmen von Freemasonry for Women (HFAF) nennen sich die Mitglieder „Brother“. Dies rührt daher, dass wir uns als einen Teil einer weltweiten Bruderschaft angehörig sehen – eine Familie, eine Gemeinschaft.
Die Mitgliedschaft steht grundsätzlich jeder Frau offen, unabhängig ihrer Hautfarbe oder Religionszugehörigkeit, die sich zu ihrem Glauben an ein sog. Höheres Wesen „Supreme Being“ bekennt.
Freemasonry for Women (HFAF) ist mittlerweile in einigen Ländern, wie England, Indien, USA, Spanien, Rumänien und Gibraltar verbreitet. Die Gründungen weiterer Logen (u.a. in Deutschland), welche leider aufgrund der aktuellen Covid-19 Situation nicht durchgeführt werden können, stehen zudem bereits in Aussicht.