To help you and your WI get the most out of the resolutions!
As we all know the WI is renowned for taking on tricky issues and using our ‘voices and choices’ to make a difference! Much of this reputation stems from the WI’s resolutions process and innovative campaigns that evolve from it. Have your voice heard and make a real impact on local, national and global issues by getting involved.
Come and join the team on Saturday 18th November 10am-2pm for our Resolutions Workshop at Elsenham Bowls Club, Leigh Drive, Elsenham, Bishops Stortford, CM22 6BY.
There will be an introduction to the Resolutions short list for 2018, how to discuss and debate Resolutions within your WIs, initiatives that will help promote the Resolutions process and advice on submitting resolutions, how, what and when.
“Your voice, Your Choice!!!”
This is not a ticketed event and there is no charge.
2017/18 Resolution Shortlist
Take advantage of this early release and get your WI prepped and up to speed ready to make their first decisions about the resolution(s) we will support in 2018/19!
Below is the final shortlist of resolutions for the 2017/18 resolutions process. This list was developed by federation representatives at the Resolution Shortlist Selection Meeting on 2 October. Briefing materials to support WI and federation discussions on the shortlist will be published in the November edition of WI Life and on the website during first week of November. Our Resolutionspage will have more details once released.
1. Positive body image in a digital age
This meeting urges every WI and the NFWI to campaign to ensure that government and the media industry promote healthy body images and ensure diversity is represented in the media.
2. Stop female genital mutilation
Almost 200,000 women and girls in England and Wales are affected by or threatened with the risk of female genital mutilation (FGM). This figure rises to 200 million worldwide. FGM is illegal in the UK, but it is still happening. We urge the NFWI to use its collective voice and influence to raise wider awareness of the traumatic health consequences of FGM and support and partner with agencies that are working to end this practice in the UK and worldwide.
3. Raising awareness of modern slavery in the UK
Modern slavery affects thousands of people in the UK every year, and leaves them facing servitude, forced or compulsory labour, sexual exploitation and human trafficking. This meeting calls on every WI and the NFWI to raise awareness of this important issue and to lobby for more effective support for the physical and psychological health of victims of this crime.
4. Mental health matters
Mental health matters as much as physical health. The NFWI urges all WI members to recognise the importance of parity between mental health and physical health, and take action to make it as acceptable to talk about mental health issues as much as physical health issues, and to lobby government for better support for mental illness.
5. Healthier Mouth, Healthier Body
Health research suggests that there is a link between gum health and serious illnesses such as heart disease, stroke and even dementia. The NFWI calls upon the government to raise awareness about the importance of oral health and the impact that it can have in preventing life changing acute and chronic health conditions.
Briefing notes and the selection form will be published in the November edition of WI Life.
Additional supporting materials including detailed briefing notes, PowerPoint presentations, quizzes and videos will be published on the NFWI website and MyWI during the first week of November.
The deadline for members to return their selection slips to federations is 9thFebruary. This deadline will be published in WI Life.
Federations must return their tallied results to the NFWI by close of play on 16th February 2018.