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100 years of WI campaigns

2018 marks a century since members passed the first WI resolution. Find out how you can commemorate this special year with your WI.

On 24 October 1918 at the NFWI’s second Annual Meeting, WI members passed the WI’s first resolution, calling for the provision of a sufficient supply of convenient and sanitary houses.

This was just the beginning. Over the last 100 years, WI members have campaigned on an incredible range of social policy, health, food and agriculture, education, environment and international causes. By exerting their individual and collective influence, WI members have increased public awareness of the issues and brought about important policy changes.

Commemorative postcards

To mark 100 years of campaigns, we have produced a set of three commemorative postcards. The postcards have information about the history of WI resolutions printed on the back.

The NFWI will have a limited supply of printed postcards to send to federations free of charge. If you would like to take advantage of this offer, please contact your federation office.

A sample set of postcards has been included in the August mailing, which will arrive with WIs on 1 September. Members can also download the postcard designs on My WI to print*.

We have also produced an A3 poster for you to download.

*It's easy to get set up on My WI. Simply visit: https://mywi.thewi.org.uk/welcome-to-my-wi and then follow the onscreen options.

Get involved

Ideas for events

There are many ways to celebrate with your WI. You could organise an exhibition at a local library or your federation office, or investigate passed resolutions from your WI or federation using the list of mandates document below. Why not organise a discussion event with your WI about the progress we have made, and what still needs to change? You could even use the event as a chance to plan your own resolution to submit for the 2018/19 process.

Resources

Help plan your celebrations with the resources below.

NFWI Mandates from 1918 to date

The WI is an entirely member-led organisation. Every year WI members have the chance to put forward issues they want to see the organisation campaign on. Why not take a look back at passed mandates from your WI or federation? Download a document listing all NFWI mandates from 1918 to 2018.

2018 anniversaries toolkit

As well as a 100 years since the earliest WI resolution, 2018 also marks 100 years since women first got the vote. Find out how you can mark a special year for our democracy and for the WI. Download the toolkit.

The WI as a force for change: 100 years of campaigns

To celebrate the WI centenary in 2015, the NFWI put together a snapshot of campaign highlights – examining the WI's role in promoting women's rights, fostering health awareness, encouraging sustainable development and building a fairer society. Download 'The WI as a force for change: 100 years of campaigns'.

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