Resolutions and mandates

A member led democratic process

The WI is an entirely member led organisation, and the resolutions process ensures that every WI member has the opportunity to set the direction of NFWI campaigns and policy, from the grassroots up. Every year WI members have the chance to put forward issues as 'resolutions' that they want to see the national body campaign on.

Resolutions go through a year long debating and consultation process.  Members shortlist resolutions for debate in Federations and WIs, before making a final selection of resolutions to take forward for discussion at the Annual Meeting in the summer. If passed, these then become mandates and form the basis of campaigning and awareness raising activities in the years ahead.

To find out more about the resolution process, please download the leaflet (hard copies available from the Public Affairs team)

2017 Annual Meeting Resolutions

Over 91,000 shortlist selections were received from members, and the top two resolutions will now go forward to the Annual Meeting in Liverpool in June.

All WIs get one vote for each resolution. This means your WI shouldn’t vote for one resolution over the other, but should vote for or against each one independently. If both resolutions are passed at the AM, the NFWI will campaign on both issues.

Your WI can also choose to give discretion to your delegate to decide how to vote after hearing the presentations and debate at the annual meeting.

Alleviating loneliness

This meeting calls on every WI and the NFWI to work alongside health and social care providers and their local community to raise awareness of the causes and impacts of loneliness, thus ensuring better identification of lonely people in order to be able to offer them the appropriate assistance and support.

Plastic Soup: Keep microplastic fibres out of our ocean

Microplastic fibres are shed from synthetic clothing with every wash and are the main contributors to microplastic contamination of the oceans. The NFWI calls on Government and industry to research and develop innovative solutions to this problem in order to stop the accumulation of microplastic fibres in our oceans.

Members now have the opportunity to learn more about these issues, and to discuss the resolutions in their WIs before deciding how you wish your delegate to vote at the AM.

To support members to get involved the Public Affairs team has produced a range of additional resources including Powerpoint presentations, a guide to holding a resolutions meeting and a frequently asked questions document explaining the process. All these resources are available to download here:

The Public Affairs Team will also be holding social media Q&A sessions in the run up to the AM to answer member questions. Dates and times for these sessions will be posted here, and will also be promoted on Twitter @womensinstitute and Facebook

Mandates passed at recent Annual Meetings

Follow the links below for information about the mandates passed at recent Annual Meetings:

Submit a resolution!  

Have you been inspired to submit a resolution? The deadline has now closed for the 2016/17 resolutions process. However, you can start thinking about your resolution submission for 2017/18 now. Any member can propose a resolution for consideration - Simply complete a submission form, which will be available in the summer of 2017. To help you think about your resolution you can familiarise yourself with the submission form for the 2016/17 process, which is available below. A range of other useful resources  can also be found below to support your submission.  

Resolutions submission form 2016/17:

To support you through the process of submitting a resolution, including how to ensure you have a strongly worded resolution, the NFWI public affairs team have created a new guidance note. This can be downloaded here:

Further resources are available to support WIs and members engage with the resolutions process, you can download these here: