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Final 2018 Resolution Shortlist

Below is the final shortlist of resolutions for the 2017/18 resolutions process.

1. Positive body image in a digital age

This meeting urges every WI and the NFWI to campaign to ensure that government and the media industry promote healthy body images and ensure diversity is represented in the media.

2. Stop female genital mutilation

Almost 200,000 women and girls in England and Wales are affected by or threatened with the risk of female genital mutilation (FGM). This figure rises to 200 million worldwide. FGM is illegal in the UK, but it is still happening. We urge the NFWI to use its collective voice and influence to raise wider awareness of the traumatic health consequences of FGM and support and partner with agencies that are working to end this practice in the UK and worldwide.

3. Raising awareness of modern slavery in the UK

Modern slavery affects thousands of people in the UK every year, and leaves them facing servitude, forced or compulsory labour, sexual exploitation and human trafficking. This meeting calls on every WI and the NFWI to raise awareness of this important issue and to lobby for more effective support for the physical and psychological health of victims of this crime.

4. 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.

5. Healthier Mouth, Healthier Body

Health research suggests that there is a link between gum health and serious illnesses such as heart disease, stroke and even dementia. The NFWI calls upon the government to raise awareness about the importance of oral health and the impact that it can have in preventing life changing acute and chronic health conditions.

At our meeting in January we all took part in a Resolutions workshop. There were 5 leaders and members were in 5 groups. Leaders moved from group to group to lead the discussion about their chosen resolution. Then the whole group came together for questions and comments before being invited to vote.

Members agreed that this new format enabled everyone to have a better understanding of the issues involved with each resolution. It was difficult to decide which resolution to vote for as they are all worthy of further action. We await the next stage of the Resolution process.

Resolutions for the NFWI Annual General Meeting at Liverpool on June 7th 2017

Alleviating 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 the appropriate assistance and support.

Plastic Soup: Keep microplastic fibres out of our ocean

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 ocean

Resolutions for the NFWI Annual General Meeting at Brighton on June 11th 2016

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 Alzheimerís disease and dementia that have been admitted into hospital.

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

All WIís were asked to vote on the 8 resolutions that were put forward by NFWI with 2 going forward to be debated at the AGM on June 11th in Brighton. Bibury with Barnsleyís President, Liz Franklin, was the delegate representing Bibury and three other WIís. Both resolutions were passed and NFWI will work now to influence government policy.