Campaigns and Resolutions

The 2018/9 Resolution is:

Mental health matters

Mental health matters as much as physical health. The NFWI urges all WI members to recognise the importance of parity between mental health and physical health, and take action to make it as acceptable to talk about mental health issues as much as physical health issues, and to lobby government for better support for mental illness.



Climate Change

The WI has a proud history of taking action to protect the landscape and countryside of Britain. Over the years we have cleaned up our beaches, stood up for the honeybee and campaigned for wide areas of special beauty. In recent times this concern for our natural environment has seen members rally against climate change, the impact of which is already affecting the things that we love. Climate change can be seen through increased flooding, summer heatwaves and the decline of bee populations, it is changing the seasons, affecting crops and flowers, and disturbing the journeys of migrating birds.

More Midwives
There are chronic shortages of midwives. The NFWI calls on the Government to increase investment in the training, employment, and retention of midwives in England and Wales to ensure services are adequately resourced and are able to deliver a high standard of care.

SOS for honeybees
Honey Bees play a vital role in the pollination of food crops and in our environment. In view of concerns about the accelerating decline in the UK honey bee population, this meeting urges HM Government to increase funding for research into Bee Health.

Time to Talk (about Organ Donation)
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

Care not custody
In June 2008, the WI passed a resolution calling for an end to the inappropriate detention of people with mental health problems.

More than two-thirds of all prison inmates have two or more mental health problems such as depression and anxiety. Many have a history of attempted suicide and self-harm, while significant numbers have severe and ongoing problems such as schizophrenia or personality disorders.

Too many people are getting inadequate mental healthcare in prisons when they could have been diverted to hospitals or community based alternatives. The NFWI is calling for people with mental health problems to get the right care for their condition via more diversion schemes and better community mental health services offering safe alternatives to imprisonment.

Country of Origin Labelling
The NFWI is campaigning for mandatory country of origin labelling for all meat products. WI members believe that shoppers want accurate information about where their food comes from, so they can make informed choices about the food they buy.

SOS for high streets and towns
Our high streets and town centres are in trouble. Over the last ten years changes in shopping habits have hit the high street hard. When combined with a slowdown in consumer spending, banks reluctant to lend, and increasingly high rental and business rates, many high street businesses are struggling. The NFWI has launched the SOS for High Streets campaign after a resolution calling for an end to the decline of our high streets was passed at the 2013 AGM with a majority of 87%. The challenges facing our high streets and town centres reach to the heart of all of our communities.

Dementia Friendly Communities
In March 2012 the Prime Minister set out his challenge on dementia and commitment to deliver improvements in care and research by 2015. Dedicated championship groups have been created to help address the challenge.
The NFWI has signed up to be part of the Prime Minister’s challenge and Ruth Bond, NFWI Chair, has joined a Dementia Friendly Communities Group, chaired by Alzheimer’s Society, Chief Executive, Jeremy Hughes and Angela Rippon. The Dementia Friendly Communities Champion Group has been tasked with finding out what can be done to make our communities more dementia friendly. The group includes representatives from major retailers, utility companies, local government and charities as well as people who are caring for loved ones affected by dementia. It will look at how to make 20 cities, towns and villages dementia friendly by 2015.

The Great Food Debate
The NFWI has launched a project on food security, a pressing issue as the world grapples with multiple threats to agriculture and food supply. From climate change causing frequent floods and drought and a worldwide population heading towards 9 billion by 2050, to war and civil unrest, there is an urgent need to take action to ensure safe, sustainable and nutritious food supplies. Now you can get involved by joining the debate.

The concept of food security has long been at the heart of the WI. Helping to feed a war-torn nation was central to the early activities of the growing WI movement in Britain during Second World War.
Today, the battle is being fought on a different front. As fast-developing countries grow wealthier and their populations continue to expand, demand will grow ever-more pressing. Combined with more frequent extreme weather such as drought and floods, there are already signs that food shortages are becoming a very real issue. The impact can be severe: the recent civil unrest in the Middle East has been linked to increases in food prices, and rainforests are being cleared at a spectacular rate to make way for crops, leading to further climate chaos. Domestically, the number of people turning to food banks for assistance has doubled in the last year, while a survey by Which? magazine showed that British consumers are finding it increasingly difficult to sustain a healthy diet, as the price of fresh produce continues to rise.


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.

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 onto charities thus helping to address the issue of increasing food poverty in the UK
Snailbeach WI, Shropshire Federation

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.
Norley WI, Cheshire Federation