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ACWW – Associated Country Women of the World
Lorraine Reed is your MFWI Representative link to ACWW. As a WI member, you are probably familiar with the Pennies for Friendship scheme and Foreign Currency collection that most WIs support annually at their meetings. All the proceeds go the projects either in the general funding pot or if a WI wishes to support a specific project, they are able to do so.
ACWW connects rural and non-rural women and their communities worldwide through a network of Member Societies and Individual Members. We do this through advocacy, partnership, sharing knowledge and local activities. This includes UN representation, access to better information resources, funding community development projects and training programmes. ACWW is committed to raising the health and standard of living of rural women and their families. ACWW is non-sectarian, non-political and forward looking. For more information about ACWW visit their website.
Pennies for Friendship
These are collected on behalf of the Associated Country Women of the World. ACWW is the largest international organisation for rural women. It has a uniquely down-to-earth approach offering mutual support, friendship and practical help to its members. The organisation has a membership of nine million through over 400 member societies in over 78 countries. Through projects in rural communities ACWW aims to improve the standard of living for all women and their families in health and nutrition, fresh water supplies, housing and literacy. It helps with small scale agricultural and income generating schemes and gives leadership training.
To supplement the income, back in 1939 it was conceived that if every member of every society gave at least the smallest coin of their country every year the essential work of ACWW could continue. Today nothing functions without these pennies – projects administration, United Nations links, conferences and the society’s magazine are all funded by Pennies for Friendship. Some pennies remain in London to run the office of ACWW.
The ‘pennies’ collected by WI members are annually passed to Middlesex Federation of WIs who in turn pass on the pennies received from all WIs to ACWW.
A newsletter sharing information and experiences across the Middlesex Federation is distributed to all members via WI Secretaries in .pdf format. For those members without email access or prefer a hard copy this can be ordered via your WI Secretary at a subsidised cost of 75p for each edition, 11 editions per year.
Please send articles or information you would like to be shared via MFWI News to email@example.com
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My WI is the dedicated website for WI members. Here you will find everything you need to get the most from your membership – from essential news, information and advice for running your WI, to campaign action packs and special interest projects for you to try.
How do I login?
Members with an email address registered on the MCS (Membership Communications System) will receive an email outlining the steps to create a secure ‘Digital WI’ password. Once your password has been set you will be able to use your account to access My WI. If you have already logged into My WI, or you’re an existing MCS Rep, login now by visiting: https://mywi.thewi.org.uk/ and entering your login details.
If you haven’t yet received a ‘Welcome to the Digital WI’ email with your ‘My WI’ login details, visit: https://mywi.thewi.org.uk/welcome-to-my-wi and follow the steps outlined.