This Year’s Resolution

More than 101,000 shortlist selections were received from members this year, the highest number ever submitted.

One resolution will now go forward to the Annual Meeting in Cardiff in June this summer.


The resolution states:

Mental health matters just as much a 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.

De Beauvoir WI will get one vote on this resolution – for or against, and we can also choose to give discretion to our representative at the AGM on how to vote after hearing the presentations and debate at the meeting in Cardiff in June.

for more information you can check out the following websites


Update on Plastic Soup

You may remember that at our meeting last Autumn we discussed the 2018 Plastic Soup campaign and how we might raise awareness individually and as members of the WI.

We decided a useful starting point would be to send a letter as individuals and as members of the WI to our own washing machine manufacturer’s to enquire as to their level of awareness of this issues and any research and development steps they are currently taking to rectify the amount of plastic microfibers that make their way into our oceans and the food chain.

You can cut and past the letter below, any text in bold needs to be replaced by your relevant details and we will keep you updated on any responses we receive from the manufacturers.

Your address

Customer Services
Your Manufacturer’s Details


Dear Customer Services,

I am a concerned owner of a one of your washing machine. I am also one of 220,000 members of the Women’s Institute in the UK. We voted on a resolution this year to raise awareness and campaign to keep microplastic fibres out of our oceans.

You will already be aware of the problem of ‘plastic soup’ which is the term used to describe the microplastic fibres which are shed from synthetic clothing during washing. Not only are these microfibres threatening our sea life but they are finding their way into the food chain.

As a customer of your organisation, I am writing to you to find out what research your company is doing into finding a solution to the problem. I realise that these fibres are very small so the solution will not be easy. I wonder, for instance, if you are developing new technology for your washing machines? If there is any kind of retro fit solution available I would be very interested to know how I can obtain one.

I would be very encouraged to know that your organisation are already working on this problem. My hope is that future products will provide customers with a built-in solution. If this is not possible perhaps new machines could, at least, come with information, advice or some sort of filtering wash bag included?

Yours faithfully


Supply machine reference details.


Have Your Say on the 2019 campaigns

The resolutions we will be voting on for our 2019 campaign were published in the December issue of WI Life, and we will be voting on which one we would like to see being adopted as the main campaign issue in 2019.  There were 68 resolutions submitted which were whittled down to five. We will be voting at our February meeting and the choices are as follows

Resolution 1: Positive body image in a digital age

We would be campaigning to ensure that government and the media industry promote healthy body images and ensure diversity is represented in the media.

Resolution 2: Stop FGM

A campaign to raise wider awareness of the traumatic health consequences of FGM and to support and partner with agencies that are working to end this practice in the UK and worldwide.

Resolution 3: Raising awareness of modern slavery in the UK

We would be campaigning to raise awareness of this issue and to lobby for more effective support for the physical and psychological health of victims of this crime.

Resolution 4: Mental health matters

This campaign would focus on recognising the importance of parity between mental health and physical health and to 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.

Resolution 5: Healthier Mouth, Healthier Body

This campaign would focus on raising awareness about the importance of oral health and the impact that it can have in preventing life-changing acute and chronic conditions

There is a lot  more information about the resolutions in the December issue of WI life and also on the National Federation website

2018 National Campaigns


The National Federation Of Women’s Institute Campaigns for 2018 are:

Link Together To Alleviate Loneliness

This meeting calls on every WI and the NFWI to work alongside health and social care providers and their local community to raise awareness of the causes and impacts of loneliness, thus ensuring better identification of lonely people in order to be able to offer them appropriate assistance and support

Did you know….

Loneliness is reported by 28% of new mums, 1.2 million people over the age of 65 and 32% of people with long term health conditions….however, 75% of people who are lonely do not know where to turn to for support…

Throughout 2018 we will be looking at what we might do to alleviate loneliness in our community

AND Plastic Soup: keep microplastic fibres out of our oceans

Microplastic fibres are shed from synthetic clothing with every wash and are the main contributors to microplastic contamination of the oceans.  The NFWI calls on Government and industry to research and develop innovative solutions to this problem in order to stop the accumulation of microplastic fibres in our oceans.

Did you know…

Over a million tonnes of clothing was purchased in the UK in 2016, 36 billion loads of clothes are washed every year across Europe alone and by 2050 there could be more plastic in the sea than fish

Among other things the NFWI is exploring opportunities for members to take part in research and testing to build the evidence base about the release of microplastic fibres through the washing process, and possible solutions.  If you are interested in taking part please contact the Public Affairs Department.

If you want to know more about each resolution there is a wealth of material available on the NFWI website

An update on the Plastic Soup Resolution generated by our recent meeting

At our November meeting we discussed how we might contribute further as individuals to the plastic soup campaign. We are currently putting together a template letter that as individual members of the WI we could choose to send to our washing machine manufacturers asking them how aware they are of these issues around microplastic fibres in our oceans and what, if anything, they are putting in place to tackle it.  We will upload the template here when it is finalised so if you want to, you can fill in the blanks and send to your washing machine manufacturer.






2017 Resolutions – get involved

The NFWI is organising a weekend of action for the 19 – 21st May to encourage supermarkets to take further action to tackle food waste. As part of this a manifesto containing the campaign has been produced that can be presented to local supermarkets. Watch this space for other ways of getting involved.

Update on 2017 Resolutions

Both resolutions were passed at the AGM last June.

2017 Resolution Voting

This year we are voting on two resolutions – it is not one or the other, if both are approved at the Annual Meeting in Brighton on 11th june 2016 both will be campaigned on together. We will be holding our local vote at our own AGM on 5th May so please read up on the two resolutions:
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.
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.

A range of resources have now been produced by the Public Affairs Team to support WI discussions about the resolutions which are available to download on the NFWI website and will be promoted on social media. These resources will inform members’ further research on the two issues.  

Social media Q&A
In addition to these resources, following a successful social media question and answer session held in January, the Public Affairs team has arranged the following dates and times for future discussions. This is an opportunity for members to ask questions about the resolutions process and find out more about how to get involved.

  • Tuesday 20th April – 3pm and 6pm
  • Wednesday 4th May – 3pm and 6pm

Members can ask questions online via Twitter using the #WIresolutions or by posting on the Women’s Institute Facebook page.


Our chosen local charity is NIA which started life as Hackney Women’s Aid in 1975. Based in Islington it delivers cutting edge services to end violence against women and children. In this their 40th anniversary year we will endeavour to find ways in which we can offer them support. One thing they would like is a banner so if anyone has any ideas about how we might achieve that, or wants to lead a banner group, please speak up!
The other charities which we considered are:
Age UK (East London) advice, activities and services to older people
Headway (East London) for people suffering from head injury
CARIS who organise the night shelter at The Crypt
Dalston Curve Garden community garden, resource and workshops

Jacquie has introduce the work of The Passage to Ending Homelessness to us and you can find out more here.


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