The Public Affairs and Resolution Working Group has been established to enable our members to further explore ways of contributing to and implementing the NFWI resolutions. If you have ideas or would like to help, please email
Briefing notes :-
1. Positive body image in a digital age https://www.thewi.org.uk/_ _data/assets/pdf_file/0006/256 677/PositiveImage3.pdf
2. Stop female genital mutilation
3. Raising awareness of modern slavery in the UK
4. Mental health matters
5. Healthier mouth, healthier body
100 Years Since...
How you can mark a special year for our democracy and for the WI.
Check out this toolkit to find ways to get engaged with some major anniversaries such as:
- The Representation of the People Act 1918 was passed, giving some women the vote for the first time
- The Equal Franchise Act was passed, giving all women the vote at age 21
- The Life Peerages Act was passed allowing women to sit in the House of Lords
Loneliness does not discriminate. It can affect anyone, regardless of age, gender and life stage. Across the age spectrum, it is estimated that more than 9 million adults in the UK are lonely ‘always or often’. Yet many people feel unable to tell someone or seek support. For women, pregnancy and the year after giving birth can be particularly lonely times. A 2015 study carried out by Netmums for AXA PPP Healthcare found that over a quarter of first-time mums say that they are lonely.
Microplastic fibres are small plastic fragments 5mm or smaller that are shed from synthetic clothes when laundered and end up in the sea and wider environment. Th e scale of the problem is large; millions of people wash their clothes every week shedding these tiny particles that are too small to be caught by the machine’s filters, flowing into the sewage system and eventually into the ocean.
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.
Hospital care is letting people with dementia and their carers down Today 25% of all hospital beds are occupied by someone with dementia. These patients, however, are typically not admitted to hospital directly because of their dementia. Instead, they are usually admitted in order to be treated for a separate condition, such as a fractured bone or an infection. This means that often they are receiving their treatment in wards that have not been designed with their dementia-related needs in mind. To compound this, hospital staff may be unaware that the patient they are treating even has dementia.