Resolutions 18/19 Next Steps: VOTING
- WIs should now consider how they wish their delegate to vote at the Annual Meeting (see RESOURCES in next section below).
- All WIs get one vote per resolution – for or against.
- WIs may give their delegate discretion to decide how to vote after hearing the speakers’ presentations for and against the resolutions and the debate at the Annual Meeting. Please ensure your WI makes it clear to your delegate whether you are granting her discretion.
- We also encourage WIs and federations to hold discussion events for members to consider how they wish their delegate to vote.
If you have any questions about instructing your delegate or if you have any questions about the Annual Meeting resolution or the resolutions process,
Resolutions 18/19 Next Steps: RESOURCES
Find a selection of resources below to help you learn more about the resolutions:
PowerPoint presentation on the Don’t Fear the Smear resolution.Download >
PowerPoint presentation on the Decline in Local Busses resolution.Download >
A discussion guide with ideas about how to discuss the resolution in your WI.Download >
A Frequently Asked Questions document about the resolutions process.Download >
Quiz to test your knowledge on the Don’t Fear the Smear resolution.Download >
Quiz to test your knowledge on the Decline in Local Busses resolution.Download >
Briefing notes for the Don’t Fear the Smear resolution.Download >
Printer friendly briefing notes for the Decline in Local Busses resolution.Download >
Printer friendly briefing notes for the Don’t Fear the Smear resolution.Download >
Resolution Results Are In!
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.
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
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.
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.