International – Associated Country Women of the World (ACWW)

ACWW is one of the largest development organisations for rural women, working with 420 member societies and affiliates to represent more than 9 million women in 75 countries worldwide. They engage with, and advocate for, women at local, national and international levels. They seek to achieve the following:

  • To raise the standard of living for rural women and their families through education, training and community development programmes;
  • To provide practical support to our members and help them set up income-generating schemes;
  • To support educational opportunities for women and girls, and help eliminate gender discrimination;
  • To give rural women a voice at an international level through our links with UN agencies bodies.

The Country Women’s Association of Western Australia (Inc) is an Affiliate Society Member of the ACWW.

Eliminating Violence Against Women – An ACWW International Awareness Campaign (25 November to 10 December 2017)

Click on the link below to read about this important worldwide initiative that is also supported by the Country Women’s Association of Western Australia (Inc).

Eliminating Violence Against Women 2017

Message from the ACWW World President, 21 September 2017

As natural disasters affect all corners of the world, from storms and earthquakes to heatwaves and the ensuing floods and droughts, the Associated Country Women of the World send their sympathies to those affected. Our thoughts are with you.

Furthermore, we call on international, national and local authorities to respond more quickly and more effectively, and to mitigate the effects on those already at greatest risk because of the living conditions of rural communities.  Limited access to healthcare, education and clean water are all compounded by the impacts of disaster and emergencies.  Long-term, sustainable planning is crucial if we are to protect our rural communities and populations.

We look forward to more positive months ahead, and peaceful recovery for all those who have been affected.

Ruth Shanks AM –  ACWW World President

ACWW Statement for the UN International Day of Families

Extract from the full ACWW Statement by Ruth Shanks AM, ACWW World President:
“…The United Nations has declared a theme of ‘Families, education and well-being’ for 2017’s International Day, and this speaks directly to the focal points of so much of the work done by the Associated Country Women of the World…”

Triennial CWA of WA report for the ACWW South Pacific Area Conference in May 2017

This Report was published in a booklet for delegates at the ACWW South Pacific Area Conference in New Zealand, showing the international delegates what we have all been doing here in Western Australia for the past three years.  It provides an interesting summary of our members’ good work.

ACWW World Conference, August 2016:

The CWA of WA Delegation (pictured below) represented us at the ACWW World Conference, which was held at  Warwick University, England.

  • WA Delegation members at Salisbury Cathedral after the ACWW World Conference

    WA Delegation members at Salisbury Cathedral after the ACWW World Conference

  • Pat Twiss and Marilyn Hart ACWW conference 2016

    Pat Twiss and Marilyn Hart ACWW conference 2016

  • Margaret Sullivan, Rosa Tognela and Sara Kenny at the ACWW World Conference 2016South Pacific display

    Margaret Sullivan, Rosa Tognela and Sara Kenny at the South Pacific display

  • Pam Batten and Heather Allen at the World Conference

    Pam Batten and Heather Allen at the World Conference

  • CWA of WA Delegation and partners at Warwick University after the ACWW World Conference