Associated Country Women of the World (ACWW)

Union mondiale des femmes rurales (UMFR)
Asociación Mundial de Mujeres Rurales

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1930, Vienna (Austria), as Liaison Committee of Rural Women's and Homemakers' Organizations, following recommendations 1927, Geneva (Switzerland), of International Council of Women (ICW), and preliminary assembly 1929, London (UK). Present name adopted and constitution drawn up 1933, Stockholm (Sweden). UK Registered Charity: 290367.


Connect and support women and communities worldwide; raise living standards of rural women and families through education, training and community development projects; provide practical support to members, such as aid to women's groups to set up income-generating schemes; support educational opportunities for women and girls and eliminate gender-based discrimination; give rural women a voice at international level through links with UN agencies.

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Does not fund other UK charities. Priorities: status of women; status of the girl child; health; education; communication. Speaks for rural women at UN meetings and keeps the UN informed about the work and concerns of members; keeps members informed about UN developments and helps them identify areas where they can become involved in supporting or actively participating in UN initiatives. Supports development programmes in rural communities through Projects and Trust Funds: leadership and skill training; nutrition/education projects; literacy and basic education programmes, including family planning and HIV/AIDS awareness; small business initiatives and small-scale agricultural, income-generating schemes.


 • 'Water for All' - supports clean water and sanitation projects providing water tanks, bore wells and hand pumps;

 • 'Women Feed the World' - supports subsistence food production, cooperatives, training in appropriate agricultural techniques and credit savings schemes;

 • 'Projects' - supports projects worldwide to improve living conditions;

 • 'Lady Aberdeen Scholarship' - provides scholarships and courses in home economics, welfare and citizenship for leaders working in rural communities;

 • 'Elsie Zimmern Memorial' - supports advanced training in organization and leadership;

 • 'Nutrition Education' - promotes good nutrition, improved hygiene, food production and childcare.

Organizes: World Conference (every 3 years), Area Presidents organizing Area Conferences during each triennium; capacity-building workshops.


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Consultative Status

United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) (Special); United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) (Consultative Status); Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO); United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF).

Relations with Inter-Governmental Organizations

Relations with 8 inter-governmental organizations.
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Relations with Non-Governmental Organizations

Relations with 9 non-governmental organizations.
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Members in 66 countries
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UN Sustainable Development Goals **

GOAL 2: Zero HungerGOAL 3: Good Health and Well-beingGOAL 5: Gender EqualityGOAL 10: Reduced InequalityGOAL 11: Sustainable Cities and CommunitiesGOAL 17: Partnerships to achieve the Goal



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