In October: Celebrate 100 years of WI Resolutions

October 2018 marks 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

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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


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.