The Women’s Institute is democratic and member-led, and the resolutions process is unique in putting members at the heart of decisions about our campaign activity. Every issue that we campaign on stems directly from a resolution put forward by members and adopted at the Annual Meeting.
Between July and September, WI's and federations submit resolutions about issues they are concerned about to the NFWI.
In early autumn, the submitted resolutions are discussed and debated by representatives from all federations and reduced to a shortlist.
Between November and February, federations and WIs hold meetings to discuss the shortlisted resolutions, giving every member the chance to have their say on the shortlist. They cast their selection for the resolution they support the most.
NFWI Board of Trustees reviews the results of the member selections and agrees on the resolutions which go forward to the Annual Meeting. These resolutions are then again discussed by each WI which determines how they wish their delegate to vote at the AM.
At the Annual Meeting, delegates hear from the resolution proposers, seconder and experts on the topic before they cast their votes. If a resolution is adopted it will go on to form the basis of a WI campaign.
The very first WI meeting in the UK took place on 16 September 1915. More than a century later, the world has changed in many ways, but the WI has been a constant throughout.
From a humble start in a small North Wales village to boosting food supplies during both World Wars and groundbreaking campaigns on equal pay and AIDS awareness - the NFWI has a longstanding history of undertaking educational work and campaigning on a diverse range of issues. It was established to ensure that women are able to take an effective part in their community, to learn together, widen their horizons, improve and develop the quality of their lives and those of their communities and together influence local, national and international affairs on issues that matter to members.
2015 provided an opportunity to reflect on the WI’s first one hundred years, resulting in the below report which is designed to give an insight into the WI’s historic legacy and impact on women, family life, communities and the nation. It also offers a WI view on some of the key challenges women and their families are facing today.