ABOUT 400 women - and one man - from around the world, recently convened in Chennai, India, for the 27th Triennial World Conference of Associated Country Women of the World.
Darling Downs QCWA representatives Freda Garrett and Frances Tilly, said the two-week tour of India, which culminated in the conference, was a visit to a place a "world away".
On a 235km bus journey from Agra to Jaipur, Mrs Garrett and Mrs Tilly saw many examples of primitive, but productive farming methods.
"The main crops were suitable for conversion into stock feed, as water buffalo and cows are deemed a prize possession," Mrs Tilly said.
"The tall forage sorghum was hand cut, stoked and dried in the sun and then mobile chaff cutters would contract to convert it into stock feed."
Farming practices aside, the large contingent of women were in Chennai to determine the direction of the ACWW for the next three years.
Hosted by the Daughters of Mary Immaculate, Mrs Tilly said the work done by the DMI was commendable as it taught female members of the local villages self respect and confidence.
"They were proud of their progress and gave each of us gifts," she said.
The conference, with the theme "Empowering Women Worldwide; Encourage, Educate Enrich", passed a number of resolutions to change the status of women around the world.
Resolutions included urging governments to provide well-trained and resourced maternity health services, stop the practice of female gential mutilation, and urging countries to be more environmentally conscious.
Australian Ruth Shanks was named as incoming ACWW president.