Shirley Edgar of Wellington WI is the new representative of ACWW for the Herefordshire Federation. Welcome Shirley!
ACWW – ASSOCIATED COUNTRY WOMEN OF THE WORLD
ACWW aims to:
raise the standard of living for rural women and their families through education, training and community development programmes;
- provide practical support and help set up income generating schemes;
- support educational opportunities for women and girls, and help eliminate gender discrimination;
- give rural women a voice at an international level through links with the UN, within which ACWW has Special Consultative Status.
ACWW web site - www.acww.org.uk
ACWW is one of the largest development organisations for rural women, working with 470 member societies and affiliates, to represent more than 9 million women in 75 countries worldwide. It engages with and advocates for women at local, national and international level.
HFWI has ACWW Society Membership and therefore all WI members in Herefordshire are members of ACWW, as are most UK Federations.
Anyone interested in the work of ACWW can become an individual member and will receive a copy of The Countrywoman Magazine each quarter.
In 2018 ACWW introduced a new system for funding projects called the Women Empowered Fund – WE Fund. They have identified 6 Priority Focus areas
Education and Capacity Building
Nutrition, Good Health & Wellbeing
Sustainable Agriculture, Training & Development
Income Generation and Livelihood
Sustainable Water, Sanitation & Energy
Maternal & Reproductive Health
Donors select which of these areas they would like their donation to go to.
Projects may come under these wide headings;
- Small local agricultural schemes, kitchen gardens/ animal husbandry
- Income generating skills
- Healthcare, nutrition and home economics
- A safe and reliable water source, and sanitation
- Literacy, basic education and civic awareness
Requests for funding comes from the women themselves, nothing is imposed from the outside.
Local monitoring ensures that help is given to that target group and that only viable and worthwhile projects are funded. Ongoing evaluation and monitoring confirms projects are progressing as planned and that the money is spent correctly. Ongoing feedback confirms that the money is spent correctly.
Projects are community based and women led.Anyone can sponsor a project via the WE Fund and no amount is too small. Pledges and donations of any amount are welcome.
On average 24 projects are funded each year.
PENNIES FOR FRIENDSHIP FUND
The Pennies for Friendship Fund enables ACWW to support projects worldwide. WI Pennies for Friendship – WIPFF – funds are ring-fenced for funding projects via the WE Fund and are not used for office staff or board of Trustee costs.
WOMEN WALK THE WORLD
On 29th April each year, ACWW encourages women across the globe to walk in support of ACWW, raising awareness of the work that they do.
Midlands Supporters Day
Meetings are held Spring and Autumn each year at WI Derbyshire House, Derby
Information is on Derbyshire WI's website
European Area Conference
These are held every 3 years.
The last meeting ws 4-8 September 2017 Tirgu Mures, Romania
Next meeting tbc
Triennial World Conference
2013 Chennai, India
2016 University of Warwick, UK
2019 Melbourne, Australia
2022 Pahang, Malaysia