Public Affairs

Our Committee

Marisa Garbutt, Jo Crosland (Woodside), Clare Firman-ford (Corsley),  Susan Jonas (Hindon & Fonthill Bishop), Jenny Lake (Devizes Evening).

The Public Affairs committee remit is to provide our members with educational opportunities and encourage them to work on and campaign on issues which are important to them, their communities, national and international affairs.

We try to organise visits and events which are both informative and enjoyable.

Resolution selection results

Between November and February, every WI member had the chance to have their say about the resolution they wished to go forward to the Annual Meeting in London on 4th June. Five resoluitions werer voted upon.

  • A Call to increase potential stem cell donor registration received 38,280 votes
  • End modern slavery received 35,395

“A call to increase potential stem cell donor registration” is ahead of “End Modern Slavery” by only around 3000 selections, the NFWI Board of Trustees has agreed that both resolutions will go forward to the Annual Meeting.
This year there were 104,262 selections cast.

The wordings of 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 canc

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.

If you have ideas which you think would make a good campaign for the WI please let us know and we can help you build it into a resolution.

Associated Country Women of the World (ACWW)

Many of our members are also members of ACWW and Wiltshire WI pledges to raise funds for specific ACWW projects.  We have now completed our funding for the Georgia project which helped build wells to irrigate crops and also to train them in organic farming methods.     Currently we are raising funds for a new project in Tamil Nadu in India which aims to introduce the whole subject of menstrual hygiene awareness to women in rural areas and to teach them how to make washable sanitary towels and empower the women to set up this as a business in local villages.