IIW President 2021 – 2022
Inner Wheel was officially born in 1924 – and its centennial anniversary is rapidly approaching – thanks to the initiative of a group of ladies who met at the Turkish Baths in Manchester and gave start to one of the most important volunteering Organisations in the world.
Since that inaugural date, IW has been tirelessly working in favour of needy human beings, mainly girls, young and old women.
The UN’s 4th World Conference on women held in Beijing, China, in 1995 has brought steps forward in some areas of women’s and girls’ lives but poverty, discrimination and violence are still strongly present in their lives.
The UN 2030 Agenda clearly states that gender equality and the empowerment of all women and girls is the catalyst for the achievement of all sustainable development goals.
The Under Secretary General and UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo Ngcuka declared that “One half is an equal share and only equal is enough”.
Women helping women, then, is the orientation of my IIW’s Presidential Theme 2021-2022 “PINK FIRST”.
I hope that, using the 2018-19 Theme, we will all ‘plant good seeds’ to ensure that both Inner Wheel and its members continue to make a difference, and flourish around the world.
The Venus Symbol – Empower and Evolve
The symbol for “woman” or “female” was named after the Goddess Venus and has become the symbol denoting all things female.
The circle, or in our case the wheel, denotes the inclusive nature of our organisation. Here there is no exclusion. All welcome, and ever-expanding
The cross (added in the 16th century) rests beneath the womb (represented by the circle in the Venus symbol). The location of the cross under the circle indicates all are birthed from an inclusive, loving womb.
On the top half we feel the openness and inclusivity (circle). Yet, on the lower half we experience a narrowing, or a “coming to the crux.” Visually you can see opening and closing, beginnings and endings, in this symbol.
Through the symbol and the theme there is an acknowledgement of the great need for women to change the world through their own empowerment and evolution.