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Following the results of the members selections nationwide one resolution (Mental Health Matters) has now been selected to go forward to the final vote at the Annual Meeting in Cardiff on 6 June 2018. This was over 14,000 selections ahead of the second placed resolution. This was also the one which came first here in West Sussex.  Thank you to all members who took part in the selection process.
Information and resources to aid discussion can be found on "My WI" the members only section of the website or under Campaigns on the main website.

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.



Final 2017/18 Resolution Shortlist

Every member now has the opportunity to select one of these resolutions to be taken forward to the NFWI Annual Meeting in June.  Please inform your WI Secretary of your choice.  
WIs are requested to return their selection forms by 9th February. 

Briefing notes, PowerPoint presentations, quizzes and videos to aid discussion and help you choose can be found on the NFWI website.

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.

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The following two Resolutions were passed at the NFWI Annual Meeting at the Echo Arena, Liverpool on 7th June 2017.  

Alleviating Loneliness
This meeting calls on every WI and the NFWI to work alongside health and social care providers and their local community to raise awareness of the causes and impacts of loneliness, thus ensuring better identification of lonely people in order to be able to offer them the appropriate assistance and support.

Plastic Soup: Keep microplastic fibres out of our oceans
Microplastic fibres are shed from synthetic clothing with every wash and are the main contributors to microplastic contamination of the oceans. The NFWI calls on Government and industry to research and develop innovative solutions to this problem in order to stop the accumulation of microplastic fibres in our oceans.

More information about these two new campaigns and how you can become involved can be found on the NFWI website under Campaigns.

Guidelines for WIs Taking Resolutions Meetings