Associated Country Women of the World

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Associated Country Women of the World
Formation 1933
Headquarters Mary Sumner House, 24 Tufton Street, London SW1P 3RB
Region served
Official language
World President
Ruth Shanks

The Associated Country Women of the World (ACWW) is the largest international organization for both rural and urban women,[1] with a membership of nine million in over 70 countries. ACWW holds a triennial conference, most recently in Chennai, India, in 2013. The next conference will be held in Coventry, England, from August 17–23, 2016, at the University of Warwick.[1]

The ACWW also publishes a magazine, The Countrywoman, four times a year.

In 2013, ACWW-affiliated groups around the world celebrated the 80th anniversary of their founding. The British Columbia Women's Institutes marked the occasion with a special article in June, written by WI Historian, Ruth Fenner. Ruth has already published an overview of the work of one of the main founders, Mrs Alfred Watt.[2] Mrs Alfred Watt's work with the ACWW is discussed under her name, Margaret Robertson Watt.

ACWW funds projects in the following areas:

  • Literacy
  • Health education
  • Nutrition and home economics
  • Agricultural training and development
  • Income generation
  • Water and sanitation
  • Civic conscientiousness/community involvement

ACWW also advocates for rural women and their families through its links with the UN. In addition to its special consultative status with UNESCO, ACWW is a member of the following UN groups:

  • Working Group on Girls (part of UNICEF)
  • NGO Committee on UNIFEM (part of UN Women)
  • NGO Committee on UNICEF
  • NGO Committee on the Status of Women
  • NGO Committee on Sustainable Development
  • NGO Committee on the Family
  • NGO Committee on Ageing
  • NGO-UNESCO Liaison Committee

ACWW is a founding organization of the Alliance for Health Promotion and a member of the NGO Group on the Convention of the Rights of the Child.


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  2. ^ "A Canadian Woman of the 20th Century Who Has Made a Difference". South Vancouver Island Women's Institutes. Retrieved 17 March 2013. 

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