CHARLOTTETOWN — Two Island women recently represented the province at a conference in India.
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Marie Kenny and Doreen Cole attended a conference focusing on women's issues recently in India.
Marie Kenny, president of Federated Women's Institutes of Canada (FWIC), and Doreen Cole, the group’s past president, attended the 27th Associated Country Women of the World Triennial Conference in Chennai, India.
The theme the conference was "Empowering Women Worldwide: Encourage, Educate, Enrich." Women for 70 countries attended the seven-day conference.
“The future depends on what we do today,” said Kenny. “Working together we have a great opportunity to be agents of change. There is strength in numbers.”
Resolutions carried at the conference included: Stop the use of Bisphenol A, Registration of Births, Stop the Practice of Female Genital Mutilation, Stop Violence Against Women and Girls. Representatives from each country will return to lobby their government leaders to bring about needed legislative.
“It is a privilege to be part of this worldwide organization,” Kenny said. "We are linked by vision, a common bond to help rural women.”
FWIC is Canada's link to the Associated Country Women of the World (ACWW). ACWW, working in partnership with its members and member societies, offers mutual support, friendship and practical help to women and communities around the world.
With Consultative Status at United Nations, ACWW gives women a voice at International level through its links with United Nations agencies, and has more than 460 member societies active in over 70 countries. Projects are requested by local women to suit their needs.