WI has an unrivalled reputation as a voice of reason, integrity and intelligence on issues that matter to women and their communities. The WI campaigns on a wide range of social and environmental issues at both home and abroad. Chemicals and health, children’s diets, milk prices, library closures and climate change are just some of the issues on the WI’s agenda.
Every year resolutions are put forward by WIs or federations and one or two are selected for discussion and voting by WIs at their May meeting. The votes of the members are then taken by delegates to the Annual General Meeting of the National Federation of WIs.
This meeting calls on every WI and the NFWI to work alongside health and social care providers and their local communities to raise awareness of the causes and impacts of loneliness, thus ensuring better identification of lonely people in order to be able to offer them the appropriate support and assistance.
Passed with 69.3% of votes in favour
Plastic soup: Keep microplastic fibres out of our oceans
Microplastic fibres are shed from synthetic clothing with every wash and are the main contributors to microplastic contamination of the oceans. The NFWI calls on Government and industry to research and develop innovative solutions to this problem in order to stop the accumulation of microplastic fibres in our oceans.
Passed with 98.9% of votes in favour
Two Resolutions were passed at the 2016 Annual General Meeting held on 11th June in Brighton
“The WI calls on all supermarkets to sign up to a voluntary agreement to avoid food waste, thereby passing surplus food onto charities thus helping to address the issue of increasing food poverty in the UK”
“We call upon HM Government and the NHS to provide facilities to enable carers to stay with people with Alzheimer’s disease and dementia that have been admitted into hospital”
The 2014 NFWI Annual General Meeting took place on 7 June in Leeds.
The 2014 resolution reads:
“The NFWI notes that three people die every day whilst waiting for an organ transplant. We call on every member of the WI to make their wishes regarding organ donation known, and to encourage their families and friends, and members of their local communities, to do likewise.”
The resolution was passed by a 97.82% majority.
The 2013 NFWI Annual General Meeting took place on 1 June in Cardiff.
The 2013 resolution reads:
“The NFWI notes with concern the continuing decline of our high streets and the damaging effect this has on local communities. We call on every member of the WI to support their local shops and make the high street their destination of choice for goods and services. We call on decision-makers to work collectively, at all levels, to help bring an end to the decline of our high streets and to ensure that high streets flourish and provide a focal point for local communities.”
The resolution was passed with an overwhelming majority.