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)
2016/2017 Resolution Shortlist and Resources
Click here to view the 2016/2017 Resolution Shortlist and access briefing notes, power points, and quizzes to help you and your WI make your selection.
2016 Annual Meeting Resolutions
At the NFWI Annual Meeting in Brighton on 11 June 2016 delegates voted to pass two resolutions, which will both now form the basis of new NFWI campaigns.These resolutions are:
Avoid food waste, address food poverty
The WI calls on all supermarkets to sign up to a voluntary agreement to avoid food waste,thereby passing surplus food on to charities thus helping to address the issue of increasing food poverty in the UK.
Appropriate care in hospitals for people with dementia
We call upon HM Government and the NHS to provide facilities to enable carers to stay with people with Alzheimer's disease and dementia that have been admitted into hospital.
The NFWI will be putting together campaign action packs for both of these new campaigns that will include background to the campaign, as well as ideas for how members can get involved. If you would like a copy of the action pack, or would like more information about the campaign, please contact the Public Affairs Department.
For more information about both resolutions, briefing notes and further resources produced to help WIs cast their votes at the Annual Meeting are available here.
Mandates passed at recent Annual Meetings
- 2015: Annual Meeting Resolution
- 2014: Organ Donation - Time to Talk
- 2013: Decline of our High Streets and Town Centres
- 2012: Employment of More Midwives
- 2011: The Closure of Local Libraries
- All mandates from 2003 - 2014
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:
- Resolution process timetable - 2016/17
- 'The WI at 100' - The NFWI's centenary report looking at 100 years of WI campaigns
- 'The WI as a force for change' - A leaflet looking into resolution that have successfully delivered change over the past 100 years.
- A leaflet on the resolution process, with tips, advice and information to support you.
Contact the NFWI
- Phone: 020 7371 9300
- Open hours: 9am–5pm Mon–Fri
- Address: 104 New Kings Road, London SW6 4LY
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