Campaigns

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.

Although the majority of votes at our February Members’ meeting went to Appropriate Sentencing for Non-violent Women Offenders, the Resolution to be considered at the NFWI Annual Meeting concerns the under-diagnosis of autism in girls and women. At our May meeting we discussed this Resolution. Members felt that the Resolution was not well drafted and lacked any criteria for assessing its impact and voted against its adoption.

The Resolution which attracted the most votes at our meeting in January 2021 was a Call to Increase Awareness of the Subtle Signs of Ovarian Cancer and this was the Resolution adopted at the NFWI Annual Meeting.

At our January 2020 meeting Ending Modern Slavery received the most votes. This, together with Call to Increase Potential Stem Cell Registration was adopted by NFWI for 2020/21. Pandemic restrictions meant that we were unable to act locally on the Resolution.

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..

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