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

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

2021 Campaigns Calendar

Here is a snippet of the new Campaign Calendar produced by our Public Affairs team – click below to download the full calendar and keep up to date on important dates and events linked to WI campaigns and resolutions 

Click here to download a copy 2021 Campaigns Calendar



Cervical Screening Survey



Public Affairs Newsletter




The Resolution Process


Timings regarding the resolution submission stage of the 2020/21 process, and an update on the Resolution Shortlist Selection Meeting due to be held on 1st October.



Stem Cell Donor Registration

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.”

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.”

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

Climate Change


What you can do with regard to putting pressure
on your local councils to continue with the work outlined before the Covid 19 epidemic.



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.

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!