ACWW (Associated Country Women of the World)

WI members are affiliated to the ACWW movement.

July 2020 update from our ACWW Officer
My thanks and congratulations to WIs who have planned to celebrate Women Walk the World this year, in perhaps a different way, and thank you for your contributions to ACWW funds. 
Our last bag of recycled goods, old and unwanted jewellery, watches, cameras, stamps, etc, has turned into a cheque for £63.40, so my thanks again for supporting this most worthwhile charity, where every penny will make a difference to women and children.
As with the WI, ACWW hears members resolutions and recommendations at the three yearly world conference.  If any member has such a recommendation for the next conference,due to be held in Malaysia in May 2022, please let me know.
Thanks again, Jean.

Click here for a report of Northamptonshire's activities prepared for the Triennial Conference held in Coventry in August 2016.

Many WIs collect "coins for friendship" at their meetings. This money is sent to ACWW to help provide much needed finance for projects which help women in the developing world.

The Northamptonshire Federation also undertakes to raise funds for a particular ACWW project most years.

A new project was launched at our Annual Council Meeting at Spinney Theatre on 30 October 2012 when we pledged ro raise £2454 for rain water harvesting projects in Sri Lanka. This was achieved within the two year period.

The Federation and individual WIs also hold promotional events throughout the year.

Wootton WI
As well as collecting Pennies for Friendship at their monthly meetings, Wootton WI also holds two annual fund raising events, one in January for re-gifted Christmas presents and a sponsored walk. Photo shows some of the members in Harrold Country Park in May 2019.

United Nations International Day for Rural Women
The Hall was full at Milton Malsor where we celebrated with a Cream Tea. Jackie Gregory spoke of her monitoring work of ACWW projects and of the Worldwide Triennial Conference to be held in August 2016 in Coventry; it has been 76 years since this Conference has been held in the UK. A chance for UK members to attend. A sackful of old and broken jewellery was collected to be recycled and foreign currency was collected. Also craft items for the "Shop" at the Conference. Jackie makes and sells jam to raise funds for ACWW.

WANTED - Items for "Country Store"
In August 2016 the UK is hosting the World Conference. WI members are invited to donate craft items for the "Country Store" Shop, as delegates may like browse and purchase a souvenier from the Conference. Items should reflect the UK and be travel friendly (no glass, food, wood, etc). Contact WI House for further details.

Meeting Sri Lankan cricket team 
Northamptonshire Federation manned a stand at NCCC (Northamptonshire County Cricket Club) when the Sri Lankan cricket team played Northamptonshire. Cricketers inspected the stand which showed the rain water harvesting projects already up and running in Sri Lanka. We also handed out tickets to women spectators for free entry to any WI meeting in Northamptonshire. Photo shows Sri Lankan cricketers with NCFWI members behind our stand. 
Members with Sri Lankan team members

ACWW - Sri Lankan Colonial Tea Party - Tuesday 29 April 2014
ACWW Day 2014 was celebrated with Rochelle Mortimer of Mortimer Teas giving an illustrated talk, followed by sampling various teas. Rochelle explained the whole process of plucking tea leaves, rolling, drying and preparing of the tea. She also spoke of the history of tea making in Ceylon (now Sri Lanka). The Catering Committee excelled themselves by serving a delicious selection of finger sandwiches and individual dainty cakes. The afternoon ended with three donations to ACWW from Great Billing, Stowe IX Churches and Barton Seagrave WIs.

In 2012 an Afternoon Tea with Speaker, held at WI House, when Margaret MacKay, ACWW Projects Manager, explained to members how projects are chosen, how they are are monitored and answered questions.

Margaret MacKay with Jean Bates and Judith LeachMembers enjoy tea and an update on ACWW projects