Resolution Selection Results 2020

(scroll down for information on next steps for your WI to take, and resources available to help you make your decision)
 

Between November and February, every WI member had the chance to have their say about the resolution they wished to go forward to the Annual Meeting in London on 4th June.

2020 resolutions

Selections

1     

A Call to increase potential stem cell donor registration     

38,280

2

Female crash test dummies

9,124

3

End modern slavery

35,395

4

Time to talk about death and dying

9,820

5

Protect our precious helium

11,705

 

Total selections received

104,262

 

As “A call to increase potential stem cell donor registration” is ahead of “End Modern Slavery” by only around 3000 selections, the NFWI Board of Trustees has agreed that both resolutions will go forward to the Annual Meeting.
This year’s there were 104,262 selections cast.

The wordings of the resolutions are as follows:

A call to increase potential stem cell donor registration

There is an urgent need to increase the number of people registered on the aligned UK stem cell registry in order to provide potentially life-saving treatment to people of all ages with certain blood cancers. We call on all WI members to promote registration to the database to avoid people dying whilst waiting for a match.

End Modern Slavery

There are tens of thousands of victims of modern slavery hiding in plain sight in the UK. Modern slavery has severe consequences for the health and mental wellbeing of survivors. The NFWI calls on the Government to protect victims of modern slavery in the first instance and deliver longer term support to help them rebuild their lives. We call on our members to raise awareness of the prevalence of modern slavery throughout society and to campaign to defeat it.

What happens next?

Members now have the opportunity to learn more about the issues, and to discuss the resolution in their WIs before deciding how they wish their delegate to vote at the Annual Meeting.

WIs and federations are also encouraged to hold discussion events to allow members to consider how they wish their delegate to vote.

How does my WI cast our vote?

All WIs get one vote for each resolution. This means your WI shouldn’t vote for one resolution over the other but should vote for or against each one independently. If both resolutions are passed at the AM, the NFWI will campaign on both issues.

Your WI can also choose to give discretion to your delegate to decide how to vote after hearing the presentations and debate at the annual meeting.

Only votes cast for and against the resolutions will be counted, in accordance with the voting procedure set out in the NFWI Memorandum and Articles of Association. Abstaining means that a delegate would not cast a vote, and therefore this abstention would not be counted.

What resources are available to support WI discussions?

To support members to get involved the NFWI Public Affairs team has produced a range of resources:

If you have any questions about instructing your delegate please contact our Public Affairs team at: 

If you have any questions about the Annual Meeting resolution or the resolutions process please contact the NFWI Public Affairs Department via publicaffairs@nfwi.org.uk.

NFWI Resolution Timetable 2019/20

1 July 2019

Mailing: Resolution submission forms sent to federations and WIs.

13 September 2019

Closing date for resolutions to be submitted to the NFWI.

Please note: The federation deadline is earlier (check with your federation)

23 September 2019

Federation shortlisting representatives notified of details of resolution shortlist selection meeting.

Resolutions longlist circulated.

1 October 2019

Federation representatives meet to compile shortlist of resolutions, supported by NFWI trustees and staff as appropriate.

1 November 2019

Shortlist resolution resources including videos and PowerPoint presentations published on NFWI website

20 November 2019

Shortlisted resolutions, paragraphs of essential facts and points, and selection slip appear in the November issue of WI Life.

Late Nov 2019 –
early Feb 2020

Federations and WIs hold meetings to discuss the shortlisted resolutions. Members select the resolution they support the most.

14 February 2020

Deadline for resolution selection results to be returned to federations.

21 February 2020

Deadline for federations to return tallied selection results to the NFWI.

Late February 2020

NFWI Board of Trustees finalises resolution/s for 2020 Annual Meeting agenda, based on the number of selections from WI members.

Memo is sent to federations confirming the outcome.

1 April 2020

Mailing: Annual Meeting resolution/s briefings and wording
sent to federations, WIs and WI Advisers.

April 2020

Annual Meeting resolution/s published in WI Life.

April & May 2020

Federations and WIs hold meetings to discuss the Annual Meeting resolution/s. WIs vote for or against one or more resolutions, or give their delegates discretion*.

1 May 2020

Deadline for resolution amendments and urgency resolutions sent to the NFWI.

4 June 2020

Vote on resolution/s held at the Annual Meeting.

 

Resources

Find a selection of resources below to help you learn more about the resolutions:

 

 

Resolutions-Process-2019-FAQ.docx

20.06.2019

A Frequently Asked Questions document about the resolutions process.Download >

  
 

 

Resolution Results 2019 Are In!

The results of the 2019 resolution shortlist selection process are as follows:

Improving plant biosecurity 13,010

Trees- improving the natural landscape 18,959

Pelvic floor education 8,401

Suffering in silence- menstrual health taboo 8,912

Decline in local buses 35,194

Don’t fear the smear 20,825

Total selections received to date 105,184

This year’s total is the most selections cast since the individual selection process was introduced, with over 105,000 selections cast by members. In order to allow members the opportunity to work on a breadth of issues, the NFWI Board of Trustees has decided to put forward the top two resolutions to the Annual Meeting.

The wordings of the two selected resolutions are as follows:

A call against the decline in local bus services

Over the last decade there has been a massive decline in the number of bus services, particularly of those in rural and semi-rural areas. In order to alleviate loneliness, improve health and well being, as well as promoting sustainable development, the NFWI calls on the Government and local authorities to increase subsidies and work in partnership with bus companies and community transport operators to enable an adequate provision of services.

Don’t fear the smear

Cervical screening saves around 5,000 lives a year, yet attendance is currently at its lowest for a decade. The NFWI urges WI members to attend routine screening, to take action to raise awareness of the importance of cervical screening and address barriers to attendance to help eradicate cervical cancer.

Next Steps: Voting

WIs should now consider how they wish their delegate to vote at the Annual Meeting in Bournemouth on 5th June. All WIs get one vote per resolution – for or against. This means WIs shouldn’t vote for one resolution over the other, but should vote for or against each one independently. If both resolutions are passed at the AM, the NFWI will work on both issues.

WIs may choose to give their delegate discretion to decide how to vote after hearing the speakers’ presentations for and against the resolution and the debate at the Annual Meeting. Please ensure your WI makes it clear to your delegate whether you are granting her discretion.

WIs and federations are also encouraged to hold discussion events in to allow members to consider how they wish their delegate to vote.

You can find a selection of resources to help you learn more about the resolutions on the WI website and on My WI including:

Detailed briefing notes about each resolution.
A PowerPoint presentation on the topics.
Quizzes to test your knowledge.
A Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) document about the resolutions process.
A discussion guide with ideas about how to discuss the resolution in your WI.
Videos

If you have any questions about instructing your delegate please contact your federation.

If you have any queries please contact Lindsey Peters on

October: Celebrating 100 years of WI Resolutions

October 2018 marked 100 years since the first WI resolution was passed. This was an Essex led resolution, and proposed by Epping WI about the need for Social Housing

campaign 1
 

What can WIs do to mark this occasion?

  • as a WI, take this time to look at past resolutions from your WI or Federation and to see what impact they have had on our society
  • why not organise a discussion event or coffee morning, within your WI, to consider the progress we have made over the last 100 years
  • discuss what still needs to change
  • share ideas about what you can do at a grass roots, every day level
  • you could also use this event to think about and maybe plan your own resolution to submit

For further ideas and support with resolutions, please contact Andrea or Lindsey at FEWI.


 

Mental Health Matters AGM Vote Results:

5945 FOR, 103 AGAINST

CARRIED BY 98%

2018 Resolution Resources

NFWI Public Affairs have prepared a selection of very useful resource for your WI to use to decide whether they wish to vote for or against the resolution:

These are as follows:

2018 Resolution Confirmed By NFWI

NFWI have confirmed the 2018 resolution with the following statement on their FB page:

“Over 100,000 members have taken part in the 2018 selection process, the highest turnout ever. Thank you to all members who have taken part. One resolution has now been selected to go forward to the final vote at the Annual Meeting in Cardiff on 6th June.

The resolution is: 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.”

The resources for you to debate this effectively will now be prepared by NFWI and we will share these with you as soon as they become available. The FEWI team will also keep you up to date with information and will be running their Pros and Cons workshop in March to support you too – see above for details.

How does my WI cast our vote?

Your WI gets one vote for the resolution which is either for or against. Your WI can also choose to give your delegate the discretion to decide how to vote at the Annual Meeting, after hearing the presentations and debate about the resolution.

Abstentions do not count

Only votes cast for and against the resolutions will be counted, in accordance with the voting procedure set out in the NFWI Memorandum and Articles of Association. Abstaining means that a delegate would not cast a vote, and therefore this abstention would not be counted.