National Association of the Womens Institute

Womens Institute

The Women’s Institute (WI) was formed in 1915 with two clear aims: 1) to revitalise rural communities and 2) to encourage women to become more involved in producing food during the First World War.

Since then our aims have broadened and we are now the largest women’s organisation in the UK. We celebrated our 90th anniversary in 2005 and currently have 205,000 members in 6,500 WIs.

We play 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.

Our national structure: The national headquarter of the WI, the National Federation of Women’s Institutes, is in London. We produce a membership magazine WI Life.

Our regional structure: Our 6,500 WIs are grouped together to form 70 county and island federations, each with a regional office. These can be found in the Find your WI section. Each level of the organisation is run by a committee of elected members.


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