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.
The 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.