Campaigns

A long history of campaigning

Formed in 1915, the Women’s Institute has a long history of campaigning on a wide range of issues.

WI campaigns are about changing things for the better and tackling the issues that matter to members. Members are at the heart of the Women’s Institute and they play a central role in bringing issues onto the WI’s national agenda through our public affairs and campaigning.

From equal pay to climate change, from gaps in the midwifery workforce to the plight of the honey bee, WI members have embraced a diverse set of challenges and built a reputation for the WI as a practical and ambitious organisation that doesn’t shy away from tricky issues.

Our resolutions and mandates process means every campaign starts within our membership.  To understand the process better download this great presentation which clearly explains it all!
(Kindly produced by Anita Dudley, Treacle Tarts WI)
WI Resolutions – Clearing the fog

This presentation is also available via email, if you would like us to send it to you please email ku.oc1575621105.iwfw1575621105@nimd1575621105a1575621105

The Women’s Institute has a long history of campaigning on a wide range of issues.

Get on Board for a Better Bus Service

“Over the last decade there has been a massive decline in the number of bus services, particularly of those is 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.”

Link Together

At the annual Meeting in June 2017, delegates voted in support of the NFWI’s resolution to ‘alleviate loneliness’ which aims to ensure that people who are lonely, or at risk of loneliness, are identified at the earliest possible opportunity and have access to the support and assistance they need. Our Link Together campaign seeks to inspire WI members to take action within their Institutes and federations and raise the profile of the issue with local health services.

Five Minutes that Matter

“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”

Disley WI, Cheshire Federation

Mental Health Matters

Common mental disorders (or CMDs) refer to different types of depression and anxiety (such as generalised anxiety
disorder, panic disorder and obsessive compulsive disorder).
According to the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence, CMDs are estimated to affect up to 15% of people at any one time. However, the results of the 2014 Adult Psychiatric Morbidity Survey showed that in England young women aged 16 to 24 are more likely to be affected than men of the same age (26% compared to 9.1%).

Plastic Soup


Due to their small size microplastic fibres are readily ingested by aquatic life, filling up their stomachs which can eventually cause death. We also know that these fibres are ending up in the food we eat, the long term effects of which are not yet clear.The NFWI has launched the End Plastic Soup campaign, click here to see how you can take action!