Annual Meeting Resolution Result 2022

The 2021/22 resolution results are here!

In the lead-up to the NFWI Annual Meeting, WIs have been discussing the proposed resolution on ADHD and autism to decide how they wished to vote.

Resolution proposer Alison Long of Honor Oak WI, West Kent Federation, and seconder Rebecca Chauhan of Seven Hills WI, South Yorkshire Federation, introduced the debate at the Annual Meeting in Liverpool in June, before the meeting heard from expert speakers Francesca HappĂ©, professor of cognitive neuroscience at King’s College London and Ginny Russell, associate professor of sociology at the University of Exeter.

NFWI chair Ann speaking at the Annual Meeting 2022

Link Delegates and Federation Representatives then cast their votes and we are happy to confirm that the resolution Women and Girls with ASD & ADHD - under-identified, under-diagnosed, misdiagnosed, under-supported has passed with a majority of 96.5%.

Women and Girls with ASD & ADHD - under-identified, under-diagnosed, misdiagnosed, under-supported

Women and girls presenting with autistic spectrum disorder (ASD) and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) are going undiagnosed. The NFWI calls on the government and funding bodies to fund research into the female presentation of ASD and ADHD, and for action to be taken to improve the diagnosis process for women and girls, to ensure that they are equipped to better manage these conditions and do not suffer in silence. The NFWI further calls on WI members to raise awareness within their WIs of the issues facing women and girls with ASD and ADHD.

Honor Oak WI, West Kent Federation

This means the resolution is now an NFWI mandate and will form the basis of a national WI campaign which all members are invited to work on.

You can read more about the debate on the resolution at the Annual Meeting in the July edition of WI Life. A recording of the debate will also be available on the WI’s YouTube channel shortly.

What happens next?

A briefing on the new campaign with background information and some initial ideas about how you can take action will be available to all WIs in the July mailing. You will also be able to access this on My WI shortly.

The NFWI Public Affairs Department will also be producing a full campaign action pack with ideas and resources that you can use to take the campaign forward. This will be available on the NFWI website and My WI when it is ready.

If your WI has planned any activities for the campaign, we would love to hear about it. Please do get in touch with us at pa@nfwi.org.uk

If you have any questions about the resolutions process or NFWI campaigns, please contact the Public Affairs Department via email (pa@nfwi.org.uk) or phone (020 7371 9300 ext. 2002).