The 27th triennial conference of the Associated Country Women of the World (ACWW), which works towards the welfare of rural women, is being hosted by the sisters of DMI (Society of Daughters of Mary Immaculate) between September 27 and October 2 at the Chennai Trade Centre, Nandambakkam. About 800 women participants from 70 countries are attending this conference organised by Sr Viji Dalli – DMI , the area president central and south Asia and her organising committee.
200 students from the institutions run by the society in Chennai, presented cultural programmes that reflected the cultural heritage of India. The institutions that participated were DMI College of Engineering, Loyola Institute of Technology, St Joseph’s Matriculation Higher Secondary School, St Joseph College of Engineering, St Joseph’s Residential School & Loyola International Residential School. The president of ACWW Mae Kid appreciated the performance of the students after which the delegates interacted with them. There was exchange of ideas on the fact that peace and progress could best be advanced by friendship and understanding between representatives of many races, nationalities and creeds.
ACWW aims to raise the living standards of rural women by empowering them through education, training and development programmes. The voice of rural women is echoed in the UN through ACWW. DMI with social development activities to empower women is hosting this conference in India for the first time.