Click on the links given in the list below to know more about the visits and opinions by dignitaries from across the world. Hundreds of other visitors who have visited the WWF include Hillary Rodham Clinton, U.S. Secretary of State.
'Robert Chambers Institute of Development Studies University of Sussex Brighton BNI 9 RE England, 1984':
"For those who seek to help the oppressed and excluded to help themselves, there are many lessons in the experience of the Working Women's Forum. Four factors in its success are as follows:
a) Putting poor women's priorities first.
b) Working only with the poor.
c) Promoting leadership from below.
d) Exercising clout to get the poor their rights.
For the sake of the tens of millions of oppressed working women in India, and other women in other countries, one may hope that this exhilaration will spread, and that the Working Women's Forum and its example will inspire others to make reversals, to start similar movements, and to help many, many more of the deprived and oppressed in their just struggle for a better life".
'IFAD President Mr. Lennart Bage visits Working Women's Forum (India) - 1st December 2002':
The IFAD President Mr. Lennart Bage visited Working Women's Forum (India) on 1st December 2002. During his half day visit to Working Women's Forum (India) Mr. Lennart Bage inaugurated the new women's training centre at Chennai and interacted with the members, organisers and trainers of Working Women's Forum (India). A mass of 500 people gathered to listen to Mr. Lennart Bage. Dr. Nandini Azad's (Member of WWF's Standing Committee and Director, ICNW) book titled "Coalescing the Unreached for Poverty Reduction - Voices from the Ground", was released by Mr. Bage during the mass meeting. The members shared their experiences of coming up in life after joining the Forum. Mrs. Nagammal, Vice President WWF received the first copy of the book. The President WWF requested the President IFAD to explore possibilities of forging relationship with non-governmental organisation to support innovative initiatives. During his speech Mr. Lennart Bage said that women governmental organisation to support innovative initiatives. During his speech Mr. Lennart Bage said that women are the most vital component of society and he was amazed to see women coming out of their houses and speaking boldly. He said "I believe your empowerment as you are looking at my eyes and you do not put your head down and speak boldly." He wished the Forum all success and said that he would tell the world about the challenges and achievements of the members of Working Women's Forum (India).
'Reserve Bank Officials Visit WWF (I)':
It was a day of momentous happiness that the President of the Working Women's Forum Dr. Jaya Arunachalam had been invited by Mr. Vepa Kamesan, Deputy Governor of RBI to Bombay for a discussion on the activities of the Forum and the Indian Co-operative Network for Women Ltd. Consequently a team of officials from the RBI Chennai branch, consisting of Mr. J.G. Gupta, General Manager, Rural Planning and Credit Department, Mr. Raman Kutty, AGM and Mr. Shivdass of the Non-banking finance department visited the WWF on the 18th November 2003 and met the President and also got to know the micro credit activities of the WWF and the ICNW. The President presented an overview of the structure and activities of the organisation. She further highlighted that how the ongoing training process that is an integral part of the micro credit options to poor women. The officials were also taken to Mattan Kuppam market on a field visit to observe the working and living conditions of the clients of the ICNW. Most of them spoke out to the visiting team that the forum's micro-credit options had been an enriching partnership for them. A face-to-face area meeting with the clients was arranged in PM Dargah in South Madras. The members spoke out their traversing a long road from persistent poverty to a two square meals a day prosperity today. The RBI team and in particular Mr. Gupta observed about the Forum in action thus, "We were highly impressed the way training is imparted to the organisers / 'workers' in important issues like social evils, healthcare, etc. who in turn educate the prospective members. An interface with the borrowing members in a cluster in the city and also with the leaders/supervisors showed the latter's commitment to the initiative taken by your organisation. I wish all the success to your organisation in the coming years."