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Resolutions: Make your voice count

Every resolution passed throughout the WI’s 101-year history has stemmed from a concern put forward by members. This uniquely democratic model offers the opportunity for you to combine your voice with 220,000 others to make a real difference on important issues. This year, 85 resolutions were submitted. These were narrowed down to six by representatives from federations at a shortlisting meeting in London on 29 September.

The next step is for you to consider all six and select the one you would most like to go forward for further discussion and final voting at the Annual Meeting in June 2017. The selection process is open to all WI members and you can make your selection by filling out the selection form found in the November& December issue of WI Life. Submission forms need to be submitted to your federation who will communicate with you a deadline and a process for submission.

On this page you can find a selection of resources to help you learn more about each of the resolutions. We recommend that WIs and federations hold discussion meetings to explore the issues in more depth.

For each of the six resolutions the NFWI public affairs team have put together briefing notes, including background information, arguments for and against and sources of further information and PowerPoint presentations that can be used to explain the resolutions in Federation and WI meetings. There are also links to videos for each resolution that can be used in meetings to learn more about the issue.

1 - Alleviating loneliness

2 - FGM: More awareness for more action

3 - Equal access for  all who need specialised maternal mental health services

4 - Provision of appropriate welfare and safe spaces for women and children in refugee camps

5 - Supporting women’s refuges

6 - Plastic soup: Keep microplastic fibres out of our oceans

If you have any questions about making your selection please contact your federation. If you have any questions about the resolutions on the shortlist or the resolutions process please contact the NFWI public affairs department.