Every year the WI Nationally supports one or two resolutions. A number of resolutions are shortlisted which are then voted on by all WIs across the country.
The results of the 2019 resolution shortlist selection process are:
- Improving plantbio security – 13,010
- Tree, improving the natural landscape – 18,959
- Pelvic floor education – 8,401
- Suffering in silence – menstrual health taboo – 8,912
- Decline in local buses – 35,194
- Don’t fear the smear – 20,825
The two highest selected resolutions are then proposed to WI groups to vote either for or against. If the majority of WI groups vote for both of these resolutions then the WI will Nationally support them. If the majority of WI groups vote for one and against the other then the WI Nationally will support just the one cause.
The two resolutions that scored the highest from the shortlisting were ‘decline in local buses’ and ‘don’t fear the smear. You can find out more information on both of these resolutions below.
A call against the decline in local bus services
Over the last decade there has been a massive decline in the number of bus services, particularly of those in rural and semi-rural areas. In order to alleviate loneliness, improve health and wellbeing, as well as promoting sustainable development, the NFWI calls on the government and local authorities to increase subsidies and work in partnership with bus companies and community transport operators to enable an adequate provision of services.
Don’t fear the smear
Cervical screening saves around 5,000 lives a year, yet attendance is currently at its lowest for a decade. The NFWI urges WI members to attend routine screening, to take action to raise awareness of the importance of cervical screening and address barriers to attendance to help eradicate cervical cancer.
There is a lot more information on both of these resolutions on the National Federation website, this includes; powerpoints, videos, quizzes and briefing notes.