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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.

Get involved

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. 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'.

These documents can also be sent out upon request.

Coming soon: the Public Affairs team is producing a resource pack to help you celebrate 100 years of campaigns with your WI. To stay up-to-date with these plans, sign up to receive the Public Affairs Digest.

Ten decades of WI campaigns a snapshot

From equal pay for women, to action on climate change and research into the plight of the honeybee, here’s a glimpse at just some of the issues WI members have campaigned on.