Two very different meetings were held that gave members the chance to discuss the resolutions for 2022 and how they will / can present them to members. Altogether we had around 40 members who joined us. It was great to be share ideas and lots of opinions emerged!
Making your voice heard in the selection process 2022
By February 14th 2022 your choice needs to be submitted for the resolution you most want to be discussed and voted on at the annual Meeting in Liverpool in June 2022
Here is a summary of the five resolutions shortlisted to go forward for 2022 and the key issues they involve.
The full text of the Resolutions can be found in WILife and on MyWI
Resolution 1 – “ Fit for purpose: Fit for girls”
This resolution seeks to challenge the gender stereotypes that continue to be perpetuated in the display and marketing of clothes and seeks to improve the quality and fit of girls clothes
WI members can work with NFWI and use their purchasing power and lobbying potential to influence retailers to change their practices.
Resolution 2 – ”Appropriate sentencing of non-violent women offenders”
This resolution, though NFWI involvement seeks to urge government to focus on early intervention and the use of community based support strategies to reduce the number of women who are in prison for non violent offences.
Reduction in custodial sentences would have a positive effect on women’s mental health and the wellbeing of their children.
Campaign strategies could involve working with government, the Prison reform trust and other such charities to increase lobbying power.
Resolution 3 – ” Equality in law for the menopause”
This resolution seeks the NFWI to increase pressure on government to make the menopause a protected characteristic. This would provide protection for women who may be discriminated against if menopausal symptoms impact upon their everyday activities.
Whilst there has been increasing pressure on this issue the NFWI could build on this, thus providing a greater force for change
Resolution 4 – “Women and Girls with ASD and ADHD are under –identified ,underdiagnosed, misdiagnosed and under supported”
This resolution seeks to increase WI members awareness of these conditions and the symptoms and issues that face women with ASD and ADHD.
As their symptoms may present differently to that of men, an increased awareness and pressure exerted to increase funding for research and support is something that WI members can influence.
A greater awareness may lead to more support and would lead to greater gender equality.
This resolution seeks the NFWI to increase pressure on government and digital companies to make digital access more equitable and also to improve digital literacy.
This would involve not only our campaigning skills but also use our educational focus to advance training and cross member support in local WIs as well as within federations.
You are all urged to share in the selection process. As members we CAN make a difference….in sat Resolution meetings within our institutes and between our members, in our participation in campaigns and in our ability to be agents for change within our community.