National Federation of Women's Institutes - Latest press releases and statements https://www.thewi.org.uk/rss/media-centre/latest-press-releases-rss RSS Feed - National Federation of Women's Institutes - Latest press releases and statements en-gb <![CDATA[ Red-flag events commonplace on labour wards as midwives are pushed to the limit ]]> https://www.thewi.org.uk/media-centre/latest-press-releases-and-statements/red-flag-events-commonplace-on-labour-wards-as-midwives-are-pushed-to-the-limit Dangerously low staffing levels mean that half of women (50%) experience at least one red-flag event during childbirth, according to a new report from the National Federation of Women’s Institutes (NFWI) and NCT today.

According to The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE), “red flag events” are signs that there may not be enough midwives available to give women and babies the care they need, for example having to wait more than 30 minutes to get pain relief or over an hour to be given stitches.

The report, ‘Support Overdue: Women’s experiences of maternity services 2017’, is the second NFWI... ]]> 2017-01-18 13:21:51 https://www.thewi.org.uk/media-centre/latest-press-releases-and-statements/red-flag-events-commonplace-on-labour-wards-as-midwives-are-pushed-to-the-limit <![CDATA[ NFWI response to the Government’s gender pay gap regulations ]]> https://www.thewi.org.uk/media-centre/latest-press-releases-and-statements/nfwi-response-to-the-governments-gender-pay-gap-regulations Marylyn Haines Evans, NFWI Public Affairs Chair said;

“The publication of the Government’s gender pay gap regulations is an important step towards tackling gender inequality in the workplace. The WI has campaigned for equality between women and men for over 101 years, and in 1943 became one of the first organisations in the UK to call for equal pay for equal work across all professions. Whilst the latest figures show that the overall gender pay gap is decreasing, progress is still far too slow, and 46 years on from the Equal Pay Act, women still earn less than men.

“Research conducted for... ]]> 2016-12-09 12:40:17 https://www.thewi.org.uk/media-centre/latest-press-releases-and-statements/nfwi-response-to-the-governments-gender-pay-gap-regulations <![CDATA[ Paris Climate Agreement ]]> https://www.thewi.org.uk/media-centre/latest-press-releases-and-statements/paris-climate-agreement In light of the ratification of the Paris Climate Agreement, the NFWI has released the following statement:

Marylyn Haines Evans, Chair of Public Affairs Committee, National Federation of Women's Institutes, said:
“The ratification of the Paris Agreement is absolutely fantastic news for everyone. The WI has campaigned on environmental issues for many years, and we’re proud that so many of our members have joined calls for action to tackle the threat posed by climate change. It poses risks to so many things, like the British countryside that we love and want to preserve for future generations, and to women worldwide, who... ]]> 2016-11-18 10:44:30 https://www.thewi.org.uk/media-centre/latest-press-releases-and-statements/paris-climate-agreement <![CDATA[ WI members launch diverse campaign agenda ]]> https://www.thewi.org.uk/media-centre/latest-press-releases-and-statements/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... ]]> 2016-06-13 16:35:54 https://www.thewi.org.uk/media-centre/latest-press-releases-and-statements/wi-members-launch-diverse-campaign-agenda <![CDATA[ NFWI responds to comments on Annual Meeting ]]> https://www.thewi.org.uk/media-centre/latest-press-releases-and-statements/nfwi-responds-to-comments-on-annual-meeting The NFWI is deeply saddened to hear that some members did not enjoy some of the entertainment at this year's Annual Meeting and were upset by the songs chosen. The closing entertainment was planned to celebrate HM The Queen's birthday, and it was modelled on the songs selected for the last night of the proms. The WI was founded on the desire to provide an inclusive, welcoming, and open educational membership organisation for all women regardless of background, political beliefs, or religion, and it has sought to uphold these values and aims since the very first meeting in 1915.

With rural... ]]> 2016-06-13 16:36:13 https://www.thewi.org.uk/media-centre/latest-press-releases-and-statements/nfwi-responds-to-comments-on-annual-meeting <![CDATA[ WI welcomes the publication of NHS England Maternity Review ]]> https://www.thewi.org.uk/media-centre/latest-press-releases-and-statements/wi-welcomes-the-publication-of-nhs-england-maternity-review The National Federation of Women's Institutes (NFWI) has today welcomed the publication of the National Maternity Review, a five year forward plan for maternity services.

Maternity care is an area of long-standing concern for WI members. Following a 2012 resolution passed by the membership calling for greater investment in the midwifery workforce, the NFWI surveyed over 5,500 women on their maternity experiences to find out how the shortage of midwives impacted the quality of care they received. Findings from our report Support Overdue (2013) were used in the official terms of reference for the National Maternity Review that is out today.

In... ]]> 2016-02-23 15:12:30 https://www.thewi.org.uk/media-centre/latest-press-releases-and-statements/wi-welcomes-the-publication-of-nhs-england-maternity-review <![CDATA[ The WI at 100 report unveils members’ views on Britain’s biggest issues ]]> https://www.thewi.org.uk/media-centre/latest-press-releases-and-statements/the-wi-at-100-report-unveils-members-views-on-britains-biggest-issues

  • 70% disagree that women are equal to men
  • 59% agree that women are penalised in the workplace for having children
  • 84% say it is difficult to balance family responsibilities with work
  • 83% agree world leaders must urgently agree a deal to tackle climate change
  • 78% agree that there are not enough positive role models for girls
  • The National Federation of Women's Institutes (NFWI) has unveiled a report that delves into the views and opinions of its current members, and highlights some of the achievements from its 100-year history. The WI at 100 report was devised to mark the organisation's centenary.

    2015-09-17 10:45:03 https://www.thewi.org.uk/media-centre/latest-press-releases-and-statements/the-wi-at-100-report-unveils-members-views-on-britains-biggest-issues
    <![CDATA[ 74% of women believe that tackling climate change cannot be left to future generations ]]> https://www.thewi.org.uk/media-centre/latest-press-releases-and-statements/74-of-women-believe-that-tackling-climate-change-cannot-be-left-to-future-generations In research conducted by YouGov for the National Federation of Women's Institutes (NFWI) ahead of the UN Climate Summit in New York City today (23 September 2014), 74% of the women surveyed in Britain responded that they believe that responsibility for addressing climate change is in their hands, and that action is needed now. Challenges for future generations, wildlife loss and flooding were also top concerns for women when considering the threat of climate change.

    When asked what worried women the most when thinking about the effects of climate change, 35% were most concerned about the challenges that will face future... ]]> 2014-09-23 09:16:53 https://www.thewi.org.uk/media-centre/latest-press-releases-and-statements/74-of-women-believe-that-tackling-climate-change-cannot-be-left-to-future-generations <![CDATA[ Update on UK Flooding ]]> https://www.thewi.org.uk/media-centre/latest-press-releases-and-statements/uk-flooding-2015-2016 Storm Eva brought gales and heavy rain on Christmas Eve, and there was further heavy rain and flooding to north-west England, north Wales and parts of Scotland from 25th to 27th. The most severe storm, Storm Frank, then hit on the 30th December.

    Large parts of the country were battered by Storm Frank's heavy rain and gale-force winds, which prompted the most severe "danger to life" flood warnings to be issued for a time. The worst hit areas of England were Yorkshire and the south, with persistent downpours and gusts of 60mph through the week.

    There is also still a lot... ]]> 2016-01-06 10:30:22 https://www.thewi.org.uk/media-centre/latest-press-releases-and-statements/uk-flooding-2015-2016 <![CDATA[ WI welcomes scrutiny on National Pollinator Strategy but Government must still do more to protect pollinators ]]> https://www.thewi.org.uk/media-centre/latest-press-releases-and-statements/WI-welcomes-scrutiny-on-National-Pollinator-Strategy Following the publication of a report on the draft National Pollinator Strategy, where the National Federation of Women's Institutes (NFWI) gave evidence, Marylyn Haines Evans, NFWI Public Affairs Chair, said:

    "It is really positive to see the National Pollinator Strategy come under some helpful scrutiny after so many calls to ensure a sustainable future for our pollinators. Whilst the draft Strategy makes some definite progress towards protecting pollinators, the Government needs to ensure a far more joined up approach to guarantee a stable way forward. Rigorous and transparent research will be a key aspect of identifying exactly what is happening to... ]]> 2014-07-28 09:51:20 https://www.thewi.org.uk/media-centre/latest-press-releases-and-statements/WI-welcomes-scrutiny-on-National-Pollinator-Strategy <![CDATA[ WI members will start a nation-wide conversation about organ donation ]]> https://www.thewi.org.uk/media-centre/latest-press-releases-and-statements/wi-members-to-discuss-organ-donation WI members will start a nation-wide conversation about organ donation

    98% of WI members voted on the organisation's new campaign on Saturday (7th June 2014) at the National Federation of Women's Institutes (NFWI) Annual Meeting, imploring all members to discuss their wishes regarding organ donation with their family and friends. The resolution: "The NFWI notes that three people die every day whilst waiting for an organ transplant. We call on every member of the WI to make their wishes regarding organ donation known, and to encourage their families and friends, and members of their local communities to do likewise" will now... ]]> 2014-06-09 09:21:33 https://www.thewi.org.uk/media-centre/latest-press-releases-and-statements/wi-members-to-discuss-organ-donation <![CDATA[ NFWI responds to Royal College of Midwives’ report into postnatal care, 24 hour signs & symptoms ]]> https://www.thewi.org.uk/media-centre/latest-press-releases-and-statements/nfwi-responds-to-royal-college-of-midwives-report-into-postnatal-care,-24-hour-signs-and-symptoms Commenting on a report on postnatal care to published today (Monday, 7th April), by the Royal College of Midwives, Marylyn Haines Evans, Public Affairs Chair of the National Federation of Women's Institutes (NFWI) said:

    "This report paints another disappointing and worrying picture of the state of postnatal care. This area remains a cause of concern and these findings clearly demonstrate that there is still significant room for improvement.

    "The NFWI's own research, Support Overdue, undertaken with NCT last year, reports on the maternity experiences of 5,500 women and identified that as many as 60% of women want more postnatal support. Women... ]]> 2014-04-07 09:24:45 https://www.thewi.org.uk/media-centre/latest-press-releases-and-statements/nfwi-responds-to-royal-college-of-midwives-report-into-postnatal-care,-24-hour-signs-and-symptoms <![CDATA[ The WI cast on with Hobbycraft ]]> https://www.thewi.org.uk/media-centre/latest-press-releases-and-statements/the-wi-cast-on-with-hobbycraft The WI has adding a new string to their bow - or their needle to be precise - with the launch of its own brand of yarn.

    The exclusive range with their retailer of choice, Hobbycraft, comes as the trend to knit was further boosted by model of the moment, Cara Delevigne who was spotted knitting back stage at London Fashion Week.

    The partnership between Hobbycraft and the WI comes from a mutual passion and shared desire to provide people with the opportunity to build new skills. The WI, which dates back to 1915, has always been associated with traditional crafts,... ]]> 2014-03-31 11:08:25 https://www.thewi.org.uk/media-centre/latest-press-releases-and-statements/the-wi-cast-on-with-hobbycraft <![CDATA[ WI members welcome government commitment to keep its Care not Custody promise ]]> https://www.thewi.org.uk/media-centre/latest-press-releases-and-statements/wi-members-welcome-government-commitment-to-keep-its-care-not-custody-promise The National Federation of Women's Institutes (NFWI) and the Prison Reform Trust (PRT) welcome today's announcement (Saturday 4 January 2014) of the Government's commitment to fund an extension of the liaison and diversion trial sites.

    Commenting, Marylyn Haines Evans, NFWI Public Affairs Chair, said:

    "The Care not Custody campaign has been very close to the hearts of many WI members. The commitment to extend the pilot scheme is an important step towards the coalition government's delivery of its care not custody promise, building on the positive commitments made in 2011.

    "For too many years diversion has been an afterthought and too many people... ]]> 2014-01-04 00:15:02 https://www.thewi.org.uk/media-centre/latest-press-releases-and-statements/wi-members-welcome-government-commitment-to-keep-its-care-not-custody-promise <![CDATA[ NFWI responds to Public Accounts Committee Report into Maternity Services in England ]]> https://www.thewi.org.uk/media-centre/latest-press-releases-and-statements/Statement_Public_Accounts_Committee_Report 7 April 2014

    Commenting on a report examining maternity services in England, published by the House of Commons Public Accounts Committee, Marylyn Haines Evans, Public Affairs Chair of the National Federation of Women's Institutes said: "The majority of women have an outstanding experience of maternity care and this should be celebrated, yet this report shines a spotlight on the fact that all too often patchy and inconsistent services are letting women down, largely as a direct result of gaps in the midwifery workforce.

    "The NFWI's report, Support Overdue, examined how midwives are being stretched to their limits, and how... ]]> 2014-01-31 12:11:05 https://www.thewi.org.uk/media-centre/latest-press-releases-and-statements/Statement_Public_Accounts_Committee_Report <![CDATA[ WI members get the centenary party started ]]> https://www.thewi.org.uk/media-centre/latest-press-releases-and-statements/wi-members-get-the-centenary-party-started For full details of centenary events, click here.

    Centenary celebrations begin today (1 January 2014) for WI members everywhere as the specially designed centenary baton officially begins its journey around the UK. The baton, launched in Anglesey where the first WI meeting was held in the UK in 1915, will now travel throughout the 69 federations in England, Wales and the Islands to celebrate the links of friendship and community developed through the WI, and will finish its trip at the Annual Meeting in June 2015 at the Royal Albert Hall.

    The baton will travel the length and breadth of the... ]]> 2014-01-01 00:15:02 https://www.thewi.org.uk/media-centre/latest-press-releases-and-statements/wi-members-get-the-centenary-party-started <![CDATA[ Care not Custody coalition letter ]]> https://www.thewi.org.uk/media-centre/latest-press-releases-and-statements/care-not-custody-coalition-letter

    Letter from the Care not Custody Coalition was published in The Guardian on 10 January 2014, welcoming the government's extension of the liaison and diversion pilots:

    We welcome the announcement of the government's determination to keep its Care not Custody promise (Hopes mental health nurses in courts will cut reoffending rates, 4 January). However, we note that the initial commitment for delivery of national liaison and diversion services by 2014 will not now be met. For too long people with a mental health need or learning disability, who should be diverted from police stations and courts into treatment... ]]> 2014-01-21 11:44:59 https://www.thewi.org.uk/media-centre/latest-press-releases-and-statements/care-not-custody-coalition-letter <![CDATA[ Olga Barber wins Best in Show at WI Real Jam Competition 2013 ]]> https://www.thewi.org.uk/media-centre/latest-press-releases-and-statements/olga-barber-wins-best-in-show-at-wi-real-jam-competition-2013 Olga Barber was announced the overall winner in the WI Real Jam Competition this weekend (7 and 8 December), after being awarded the prestigious Best in Show title for her entry in the soft fruit jam class.

    Over 330 jars of jams, jellies and chutneys were entered into the competition and the standard was incredibly high, which makes the final result even more impressive.

    The competition was divided into 12 categories, all calling for different jam, jelly and chutney variations designed to give everyone the opportunity to enter, including a category solely for men and one just for children. The other categories... ]]> 2013-12-09 11:26:09 https://www.thewi.org.uk/media-centre/latest-press-releases-and-statements/olga-barber-wins-best-in-show-at-wi-real-jam-competition-2013 <![CDATA[ Lobbying Bill ]]> https://www.thewi.org.uk/campaigns/news-and-events/current-news-and-events/lobbying-bill Quick links


    29 January 2014 update

    The progress of the Lobbying Bill is complete, as the House of Lords finished voting last night. A date for the Bill's Royal Assent has yet to be set. Unfortunately, amendments proposed by Bishop Harries were defeated in two very close votes. While this is not the result we hoped for, we are very thankful to our members for all their enthusiasm and hard-work on this issue. They helped... ]]> 2014-01-29 11:00:00 https://www.thewi.org.uk/campaigns/news-and-events/current-news-and-events/lobbying-bill <![CDATA[ Bleadon Belles crowned winner of Singing for Joy ]]> https://www.thewi.org.uk/media-centre/latest-press-releases-and-statements/somerset-choir-crowned-winner-of-nfwi-centenary-choir-competition The Bleadon Belles have been named winners of the National Federation of Women's Institutes (NFWI) centenary choir competition and will have honour of performing at the organisation's Centenary Annual Meeting at the Royal Albert Hall on 4 June.

    The final of the esteemed competition took place at Birmingham Town Hall on 14 March. The Bleadon Belles took to the stage to perform Beyond The Sea, Seasons of Love and Somewhere Out There as well as their rendition of Jonathan Willcocks Singing for Joy, a piece specially composed for the centenary competition.

    Heats of the choir... ]]>
    2015-03-18 10:32:39 https://www.thewi.org.uk/media-centre/latest-press-releases-and-statements/somerset-choir-crowned-winner-of-nfwi-centenary-choir-competition