Causes we believe in and support

  We support the WI national campaigns. These aim to respond to issues which affect society and have been identified by the national membership, through the Resolutions process, as ones where the WI can make a difference.

Recent campaigns have included End Plastic Soup, Alleviate Loneliness, Reduce Food Waste and Parity for Mental Health. We try to take local action to further the campaign issues. We completed the NFWI survey of information about product life and storage on labelling in supermarkets, and discussions about reducing our use of plastics resulted in members using new products to replace cling film and to trap micro fibres in washing machines.

In 2019 two Resolutions were carried at the NFWI Annual Meeting, one aimed at stopping the decline in rural bus services and the second responding to the falling take up of the smear test for cervical cancer.
WI branches are encouraged to find practical ways to support these initiatives and this will be a topic for future meetings.

 At our January 2020 meeting Ending Modern Slavery received the most votes. This, together with Call to Increase Potential Stem Cell Donor Registration.was adopted by NFWI for 2020/21.The five proposed Resolutions for 2021/22 have recently been announced:

1. A call to increase awareness of the subtle signs of ovarian cancer

2. Stop women dying prematurely from coronary heart disease

3. Racism and discrimination

4. Now’s the time to act! Protect your nature space to create wildlife friendly communities

5. Stop the destruction of peat bogs to tackle climate change

We plan to discuss these to help us select which one should go forward for further discussion and voting following the national Annual Meeting in April 2021. One of our committee members will then provide the total selections for each resolution to our Oxfordshire federation.

If you would like to get involved in any of the campaigns, please contact us.