National Federation of Women's Institutes - Latest press releases and statements RSS Feed - National Federation of Women's Institutes - Latest press releases and statements en-gb <![CDATA[ Walking Netball ]]>

The Walking Netball programme; developed through an exciting partnership between The NFWI and England Netball, has now officially launched.

April saw the first WIs signed up to the programme begin sessions with specially trained Walking Netball Hosts.

Lapwings WI were one of the first WIs to play Walking Netball and have been enjoying the sport since last year.

Lynne Stubbings, Chair of the NFWI, said: “We are delighted to be working with England Netball on this exciting project, and it is very encouraging that so many WI members have already expressed... ]]> 2018-05-11 09:54:09 <![CDATA[ Hospitals are failing dementia patients by not meeting basic care needs, say carers ]]>,-say-carers 67% of carers said their loved one’s Alzheimer’s disease or dementia became worse as a result of their stay in hospital, according to a new report from the National Federation of Women’s Institutes (NFWI) today.[i]

41% of carers said that ‘all or most of the time’ hospital staff did not meet their loved one’s care needs in relation to their dementia, and a further 36% said they were only met some of the time. During their hospital stay, 37% of dementia patients were reported to have lost weight, 27% became dehydrated and 15% became malnourished.

The report, ‘Dementia care... ]]> 2018-03-20 12:37:13,-say-carers <![CDATA[ The WI to launch national debate on issue of food poverty ]]>

The NFWI (National Federation of Women’s Institutes) is launching a national debate on food poverty, with WI members across the country organising local events to look into how the issue affects people in their communities and nationally.

The WI has a long history of campaigning on food. The supply of food to the war-torn nation was central to the early activities of the 103-year-old organisation, and since then the challenges of ensuring a sustainable food supply, tackling poverty and protecting the environment have remained close to WI members’ hearts.

The WI recently... ]]> 2018-02-28 11:12:45 <![CDATA[ England Netball helping WI members to get a WIggle on ]]> Women playing Walking Netball

England Netball and The NFWI are delighted to announce a partnership that will see Walking Netball sessions provided to WIs across the country.

An open application period saw over 200 WIs express an interest in being part of this exciting project.

Walking Netball is a slower version of the game; it is netball, but at a walking pace. The game has been designed so that anyone can play regardless of age or fitness level.

The partnership will see England Netball trained hosts deliver Walking Netball programmes which will conclude... ]]> 2018-01-11 11:19:11 <![CDATA[ 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 <![CDATA[ NFWI response to the Government’s 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 <![CDATA[ The WI at 100 report unveils members’ views on Britain’s 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.

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    <![CDATA[ Statement on Denman - February 2017 ]]> Following some press coverage and subsequent inquiries from members, please find a statement from the Chair of the Denman Committee, Pat Tulip, below:

    “Denman has been the home of WI learning since 1948 and thousands of WI members enjoy courses and events at the college every year. Whilst the NFWI Trustees are legally obliged to do the best for the charity they serve, they have all dedicated time and effort to working out the best way to ensure that the college can keep offering its unique educational experience to as many members as possible for years to come. We know -... ]]> 2017-02-27 16:21:02