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
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.
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.
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.