The Associated Country Women of the World is the largest international organization for both rural and urban women. The Federated Women’s Institutes of Canada is an affiliated society of the ACWW. Sheila Needham, a long-time QWI and ACWW member, serves on the ACWW board as our Canada Area President.

A bit of history…
Madge Watt was a founding member of the first WI branch in BC, and is credited for bringing the WI movement to the UK. Watt was also an integral part of the International Council of Women, and through this organization Watt advocated for the idea of an international organization for rural women.

In 1927, a resolution was passed by the Executive of the International Council of Women that a committee be formed “to consider conditions under which rural women’s organizations work.”

Canada had representatives at the first Conference of Rural Women, London, England, in 1929. In 1933, the Associated Country Women of the World was formally organized.

Ever since the founding, the ACWW has held a Triennial Conference for all members. Today the ACWW provides a voice and support for women in rural communities internationally and is in association with the UN. The ACWW has membership in 74 countries, and 412 societies globally.

The ACWW also host a Canada Area convention. The next convention is to be held June 23rd-25th 2017 in Pembroke, Ontario. To register for this year’s ACWW Canada Area conference, download the registration form here: DOWNLOAD FORM

Download the public statement from ACWW World President Ruth Shanks on Rural Women and Food Day 18

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