356636 35th Line, RR 1
Embro, ON N0J 1J0
ROLES, RESPONSIBILITIES & SELECTION
- Be the liaise between FWIO, ACWW and International Exchanges.
- promote an understanding of traditions, customs and problems of other nations, particularly those countries who are members of ACWW
- coordinate exchange visits and letter friends programs
- send a written report to the Provincial Office 30 days prior to each on-site Board Meeting
- forward any pertinent correspondence to Provincial Office
- promote ACWW projects and programs
- maintain a file of reports and information to be transferred to successor at the AGM
- prepare and submit a budget annually to Provincial Office
- submit expenses as per policy and budget
- prepare a report for Countrywoman as requested by ACWW
- prepare an Annual Report and send to the Provincial Office by October 1
- prepare an Annual Report and send to FWIC by April 1
- respond to request for program resources
- submit information to provincial newsletter and Branch mailings as required/requested
- review Provincial Board Highlights
- attend training or instruction for position
- complete ACWW survey requests as required
- prepare a triennial report to ACWW. The deadline needs to be checked.
- support decisions/recommendations of Provincial Board
- meet objectives of Strategic Plan
- adhere to Provincial Policies
- forward sustained resolutions to Provincial Office
- be a member in good standing
- nominees shall have held an executive position at District or Area or have served in any official capacity at the provincial level
- by nomination and application from Area Convention; elected annually at the FWIO Annual Meetings, to a maximum of three (3) years
- may be re-nominated after six (6) years
Revision: August 21, 2019
ASSOCIATED COUNTRY WOMEN OF THE WORLD (ACWW)
“FWIO’s International Connection”
FWIO’s Role in ACWW
As Women’s Institute Branches connected through provinces across Canada, Madge Watt, a visionary WI member from BC, in 1929, took our goals of better lives for families, women and communities overseas as the ACWW.
After almost a century of perseverance and determination through economic/political and global upheavals, the ACWW now has over 9 million members in all the inhabited continents of the world. There are 7 geographical areas with 82 countries and 445 societies. Magdie de Kock, from South Africa is the current World President. Canada is one of the seven areas. Linda Hoy, from Quebec is Canada Area President.
Every provincial WI federation is a member of ACWW and several provinces have other societies that share the goals of ACWW as members. In total, there are 16 societies in Canada, one of which is FWIO.
Federated Women’s Institutes of Ontario (FWIO) is a society of ACWW. This makes every Women’s Institute a member of ACWW. Think of it as the “International” part of being a WI member. As numbers count when dealing with Governments, and advocating for rural women’s rights, being a WI member is very important, and something to be proud of.
Our work is not only local/provincial/national but also international.
Every 3 years, representatives from all the societies and individual members come together to meet, to discuss and pass new resolutions. It is an awesome experience to be with 600 women who all share the same values and goals of women around the world. The next convention will be in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia from May 18-24, 2022.
Christine Reaburn, an FWIO member from the Zion Line-Beachburg WI (Renfrew North District, Eastern Area), was elected Honorary Secretary and Chairman of the 2022 Triennial Conference Committee. She will be working closely with the host society.
Donna Jebb, an FWIO member from the Tec-We-Gwill WI (Simcoe South-Kempenfeldt District, Simcoe Area), is a member on the Agriculture Committee.
HIGHLIGHT OF THE 2019 CONVENTION
In 2019, Melbourne, Australia hosted the convention. It was here that the following resolutions were passed. For the next 3 years, societies are to engage with the members, community, and governments to help bring these resolutions to fruition.
The Policy Resolutions passed are:
1) Elimination of Dog Mediated Rabies. ACWW and member societies are to support rabies education globally and support “Zero by 30”. This initiative of the World Health Organization, World Organization for Animal Health, Food and Agriculture Organization and Global Alliance for Rabies Control seeks to eliminate dog mediated rabies by 2030 through rabies education programs on bite prevention, expanding dog rabies vaccination coverage to stop transmission, improving access to post exposure prophylaxis, and by lobbying governments for funds.
2) Registration of Old Landfills. ACWW and member societies are to urge the governments of all countries to map and register the presence of old landfill sites, record any dangerous substances, and plan for rehabilitation.
3) Protection of Shared Marine Environment, Sustainable Coral Reefs, and Fish Stocks
4) Use of Plastics. ACWW and member societies are to urge governments to regulate the use of plastics in packaging and manufacturing processes.
5) Action on Climate Change. ACWW and member societies support the Historic Paris Climate Agreement 2015 by taking action at all levels to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
6) Textiles and Clothes. ACWW and member societies put pressure upon all textile, footwear, and apparel companies and manufacturers to ensure fair pay and working conditions for all their women workers.
7) Domestic Violence. ACWW and member societies urge the governments of all countries to develop and implement strategies for the prevention of domestic violence.
8) Iron Deficiency. ACWW and member societies urge their governments and health organizations to continue financing and supporting the research needed to eliminate the worldwide incidence of iron deficiency.
9) Gender Sensitive Health Care. ACWW and member societies urge their governments to strive for gender sensitive health care. The resolution recognizes that heart failure is among the highest cause of female deaths but women are not always treated or recognized for such.
10) Health and Nutrition for Women with Emphasis on Environmental Health. ACWW is to give high priority to programs relating to health and nutrition for rural women including provision of clean water, training in sanitation, hygiene and waste disposal.
11) Pollinator Protection. ACWW and member societies urge their governments and research institutes to continue to identify and reduce specific drivers of insect pollinator decline.
12) Query Fever. ACWW and member societies advocate governments to educate medical practitioners, implement a subsidized vaccination scheme.
13) Safe and Secure Access to Toilet Facilities for All. ACWW and member societies to aim to raise the standard of living of rural women by insuring appropriate sanitary facilities for people with disabilities, and elderly.
This represents a summary of the resolutions. Please contact FWIO for more supporting information on each of the resolutions.
ACTION ON RESOLUTIONS
Currently, I have been working on the hope that rabies can be eliminated in this country by 2030. Around the world, someone dies, often a child, every 10 minutes after having been bitten by an animal, such as a feral dog. I have taken the rabies educator course to be able to share information with WI members. This is open to every WI member.
Changes have been made, as we no longer support a specific project, as this concept is no longer sustainable. In 2018, the Women Empowered Fund was launched, focusing donations into six Priority Focus Areas. This funding model allows members and donors to choose a specific Focus Area to support whilst ensuring the sustainability of ACWW Projects.
How Can a Branch Donate to Projects?
You send in your donation to the Canada Area President and ask it to be put towards the most needed area or you may choose one of the 6 areas listed below. If you go on the ACWW website, the projects and the specific funds that would be supported by are listed.
PENNIES FOR FRIENDSHIP
FWIO with its amazing Branch members has greatly supported this. Congratulations and a huge thank you from ACWW for your support. Pennies for Friendship are the general fund of ACWW. It enables ACWW to maintain the office and staff, which is the hub of ACWW’s work, giving a place to carry out the day-to-day activities. It allows ACWW to facilitate the network that connects women, and produce awareness raising material.
Branches, please send your money in Canadian funds to your District Treasurer. District Treasurers, forward your total to the Canada Area President, Linda Hoy, 77 Rte 108, Cookshire-Eaton, QC J0B 1M0.
UNITED NATIONS & ACWW
ACWW holds Consultative Status with the UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC), the Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO), and the UN Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO).
Marie Kenny, a WI member from Prince Edward Island, is currently the chair. Two Ontario WI members, Anne Innes, Lakeside WI (Oxford District, Southern Area) and Hania White, Horning's Mills WI (Dufferin-Peel District, Central Area) and Silver-wood WI (Wellington-Halton District, Guelph Area) are committee members, along with a WI member from India, Ireland, and England. This committee works closely with Nick Newland, Policy and Communications Manager. For more information: https://www.acww.org.uk/the_united_nations.html
Associated Country Women of the World
London SE21 8EN
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Canada Area President
77 Rte 108,
Cookshire-Eaton, QC J0B 1M0
FWIO ACWW/International Officer
356636 35th Line RR1
Embro, ON N0J 1J0