Dear Friends and Colleagues,
As natural disasters affect all corners of the world, from storms and earthquakes to heatwaves and the ensuing floods and draughts, the Associated Country Women of the World send their sympathies to those affected. Our thoughts are with you.
Furthermore, we call on international, national and local authorities to respond more quickly and more effectively, and to mitigate the effects on those already at greatest risk because of the living conditions of rural communities. Limited access to healthcare, education and clean water are all compounded by the impacts of disaster and emergencies. Long-term, sustainable planning is crucial if we are to protect our rural communities and populations.
We look forward to more positive months ahead, and peaceful recovery for all those who have been affected.
Ruth Shanks AM
ACWW World President