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WI members launch diverse campaign agenda

WI members selected two new mandates at the National Federation of Women’s Institutes’ (NFWI) Annual Meeting in Brighton on Saturday 11 June 2016, electing to call for appropriate care in hospitals for all people with dementia, and calling on all supermarkets to sign up to a voluntary commitment to reduce their food waste.  Both topics were debated at the Annual Meeting today, which was attended by over 4,000 WI members from across the UK, and both topics will be the organisation’s campaigning focus going forward this year.

The resolutions in full are as follows:
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 is a truly member-led democratic organisation.  Every resolution is proposed by a WI member, shortlisted by members, and then debated throughout the organisation on a local level before being brought to the Annual Meeting, where experts examined the arguments for and against its national adoption.   Once an issue is voted for, it remains a campaign focus indefinitely, meaning that these two issues strengthen 100 years of campaigning action for positive change throughout UK communities and beyond.

The meeting was chaired by NFWI Chair Janice Langley, and guest speakers were the Lord Speaker, Baroness D'Souza, and the BBC Trust Chairman, Rona Fairhead.

Janice Langley, Chair of the NFWI, said:
"This is a really positive result and truly demonstrates the breadth and diversity of WI campaigning.  As WI members voted for both resolutions proposed today, they will now be calling for appropriate care in hospitals for people with dementia, and calling on all supermarkets to avoid food waste.

"With two such diverse campaign topics set to dominate the WI's campaigning agenda alongside strong existing campaigns such as increasing organ donation, action on climate change, calling for more midwives, and saving honeybees, the future for WI campaigns looks especially bright as we head into our next 100 years."