Dear Friends,

As the Lockdown begins to ease, I do hope that this newsletter finds you well. We have received some very interesting news this week from NFWI and Christine Dyer ( Chair of our Public Affairs Sub- Committee) and I thought that you would be really interested to hear what has been decided about the Resolutions for this year. The following is an extract from the letter which has been sent to all WIs in the country-

“I am writing to update you on the two resolutions that were due to be discussed at the NFWI Annual Meeting this year. As the Annual Meeting was cancelled, the two resolutions were not able to be debated or voted on by delegates.
The NFWI Board of Trustees has decided that in these exceptional circumstances, the results of the shortlist selection process will be used as a proxy for the Annual Meeting vote.
The shortlisting selection results were:

2020 resolutions Selections
1 A Call to increase potential stem cell donor registration 38,280
2 Female crash test dummies 9,124
3 End modern slavery 35,395
4 Time to talk about death and dying 9,820
5 Protect our precious helium 11,705
Total selections received 104,262

In the shortlisting selection stage the two resolutions (stem cells and modern slavery) attracted a clear majority of selections from members (over 70%).
The Board felt that this was the most democratic means available to determine the outcome of this 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.
The resolutions are as follows:

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 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.
WIs will not need to consider how they wish to vote or to hold discussion events, but they are nevertheless encouraged to engage with and learn about the topics. The Public Affairs Department will be producing a range of educational and discussion materials over the coming weeks and months to allow members to consider the issues in more depth.”

I’m sure that you will agree that this is a great decision and I hope that you will encourage your fellow members and Committees to think about ways in which your WI can engage with these National Campaigns. Do please contact Christine or any member of our Public Affairs committee if you would like to do so, you can find the details on our
Thank you all for your support over the last couple of months- it’s been great to hear from so many of you about the marvellous things you and your WIs have been doing!

Best wishes