The WI, or Women’s Institute, is a charity run by women, for women.
The Women’s Institute (WI) was formed in 1915 to revitalise rural communities and encourage women to become more involved in producing food during the First World War. Since then the organisation’s aims have broadened and the WI is now the largest voluntary women’s organisation in the UK. The WI celebrated its centenary in 2015 and currently has almost 220,000 members in approximately 6,300 WIs.
The WI plays a unique role in providing women with educational opportunities and the chance to build new skills, to take part in a wide variety of activities, and to campaign on issues that matter to them and their communities.
The WI Structure
National Federation of Women’s Institutes (NFWI)
A national charity set up to represent WI members across the UK and provide guidance and support to federations and WIs. The NFWI provides overall leadership to the WI organisation.
There are 69 Federations. These are also charities providing opportunities for WI members, as well as guidance for WI committees. The West Kent County Federation represents 180 WIs in towns and villages and nearly 7000 members.
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