Resolution Selected for 2022
From November 2021 to February 2022 members had the opportunity to consider which of the five shortlisted resolutions they most favoured. Women and Girls with ASD and ADHD Under-Identified, Under-Diagnosed and Under-Supported received the most selections throughout the country so this is the one that will be taken to the NFWI Annual Meeting in June. WIs will now discuss this at their May meetings before informing their Link Delegate how they wish her to vote on their behalf. Briefing notes, powerpoint presentations and other information to aid this discussion can be found on the NFWI website.
The wording of the resolution is:
Women and Girls with ASD & ADHD - under-identified, under-diagnosed, misdiagnosed, under-supported
Women and girls presenting with autistic spectrum disorder (ASD) and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) are going undiagnosed. The NFWI calls on the government and funding bodies to fund research into the female presentation of ASD and ADHD, and for action to be taken to improve the diagnosis process for women and girls, to ensure that they are equipped to better manage these conditions and do not suffer in silence. The NFWI further calls on WI members to raise awareness within their WIs of the issues facing women and girls with ASD and ADHD.
Resolution Shortlist 2021-22
At the NFWI Resolution Shortlist Selection meeting on 5th October 2021 member and federation delegates shortlisted five resolutions which will now be taken forward for further debate and voting by members.
The shortlisted resolutions are:
- Fit for Purpose – Fit for Girls
- Appropriate Sentencing of Non-Violent Women Offenders
- Equality in Law for the Menopause
- Women and Girls with ASD and ADHD Under-Identified, Under-Diagnosed and Under-Supported
- Tackling Digital Exclusion
Every member now has the opportunity to select the one resolution she would most like to see taken forward to the NFWI Annual Meeting in Liverpool in June 2022. More information and resources to aid your discussion can be found on the NFWI website or My WI
Please let your WI Secretary know your choice by 7th February. The total number of choices submitted from all West Sussex WIs will be tallied and the results sent to NFWI. The resolution(s) with the most votes will go forward for further discussion and voting in your WIs in May.
Resolution Selected for 2021
Between November 2020 and January 2021, every WI member had the chance to have their say on the shortlist and the resolution they would like to see go forward to the Annual Meeting on 8th June. The resolution on Ovarian Cancer received by far the most selections and this has therefore been chosen for this year.
1. A call to increase awareness of the subtle signs of ovarian cancer
Every two hours in the UK someone dies of ovarian cancer. Making sure GPs and the public know what to look for will not only ensure the early detection and treatment of this disease, but transform lives today and for generations to come. NFWI calls on WI members everywhere to help increase awareness of the subtle signs of ovarian cancer.
This resolution was passed with a majority of 99.48%. This means the resolution is now an NFWI mandate and will form the basis of a national WI campaign which all members are invited to work on.
What happens next?
The NFWI Public Affairs Department will be producing a full campaign action pack with ideas and resources that you can use to take the campaign forward. This will be available on the NFWI website and My WI when it is ready.
Resoutions Adopted for 2020
As the 2020 NFWI Annual Meeting was cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the two resolutions due to be discussed were not able to be debated or voted on by delegates. The NFWI Board of Trustees decided that in these exceptional circumstances, the results of the shortlist selection process would be used as a proxy for the Annual Meeting vote.
In the shortlisting selection stage, the two resolutions (stem cells and modern slavery) attracted a clear majority of selections from members (over 70%).
The NFWI Board felt that this was the most democratic means available to determine the outcome of the year’s resolution process taking into account time and resource constraints and the challenges of the current lockdown period. The Board also wanted to recognise the huge amounts of time and effort that members, WIs and federations put into the resolutions process this year.
This means that the two resolutions have now been adopted by the WI and members are free to campaign on these issues.
A call to increase potential stem cell donor registration
There is an urgent need to increase the number of people registered on the aligned UK stem cell registry in order to provide potentially life-saving treatment to people of all ages with certain blood cancers. We call on all WI members to promote registration to the database to avoid people dying whilst waiting for a match.
End Modern Slavery
There are tens of thousands of victims of modern slavery hiding in plain sight in the UK. Modern slavery has severe consequences for the health and mental wellbeing of survivors. The NFWI calls on the Government to protect victims of modern slavery in the first instance and deliver longer term support to help them rebuild their lives. We call on our members to raise awareness of the prevalence of modern slavery throughout society and to campaign to defeat it.