Resolutions 2019/2020

The shortlist of resolutions for the 2020 SELECTION are in…

Five resolutions have been shortlisted for consideration by WI members for 2020. Full briefing materials, including the briefing notes, PowerPoint presentations and quizzes will be made available by NFWI at the beginning of November. The next steps will be to discuss the resolutions at a meeting between late November 2019 and early February 2020 when each member selects the one resolution they support most.

Members selections must be collated and returned to Federation before the 14th February. 2020.

1. 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.

2. Female crash test dummies
Women are significantly more likely to die, or be seriously injured, in car crashes than men. The WI calls on the government to mandate equitable testing with female crash test dummies to that of male dummies in regulatory vehicle safety tests; and for consumer organisations, such as EuroNCAP, to include a gendered breakdown in their published results.

3. 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 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.

4. Time to talk about death and dying
64% of people in the UK think that we do not talk enough about death in this country, yet these conversations can be really helpful in enabling people to receive the end of life care they would want. In order to demystify a natural part of life, and support more people to share their wishes, the NFWI calls upon members to encourage open discussions about death and dying.

5. Protect our precious helium
Helium is a precious resource that is widely used in healthcare, medical and scientific research, but it is non-renewable and in short supply. The NFWI calls on WI members to help raise awareness of the need to conserve helium, and on government and industry to work together to ensure it is used responsibly, and to support innovative research that could address the shortage such as reducing use or improving capture and recycling.


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.

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

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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.