Did you know that 80% of the world’s food is grown by some of the world’s poorest women? This was just one of the remarkable facts discovered at the July meeting of Wingerworth Women’s Institute.
The speaker was Sue Watkins, from Derbyshire Federation of WIs, who talked about the work of the Associated Country Women of the World. Sue gave a brief history of the association including the origin of Pennies for Friendship – started in 1936, when 1d would have bought a loaf of bread and vegetables for a week. Members were reminded that all monies raised for Pennies for Friendship go directly into funding projects. Derbyshire WIs can feel proud that their branch of ACWW has funded bore holes in Uganda, which have provided clean water for 19500 women and children. This year’s project is ‘knitting to secure women and children: victims of domestic violence’, run by associates in central Romania.
Sue informed members that the United Nations consults ACWW on women’s issues. She also spoke of her experiences in Finland as a representative at the International Conference of ACWW, noting the anomaly of the US representative’s hope for resolutions to be passed concerning the increase of weight-related diabetes in that country, while at the same time other countries still have insufficient food.
She was thanked by Margaret Yates.
Freda Lee officiated at the meeting, in the absence of the president. She informed the members that there is a new chairperson for the NFWI Board of Trustees, and announced that Prue Leith is to be one of the speakers at the Autumn Council Meeting in Derby in October.
The competition was won by Margaret Yates and Pat Harrison won the raffle.
Refreshments were served by volunteers.