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2022 Resolution

We are delighted to announce that the resolution has passed by 96.5%

There were 4738 votes in favour and 171 against, meaning that we will now be campaigning on this issue.

The full wording of the resolution is:

Women and Girls with ASD & ADHD - under-identified, under-diagnosed, misdiagnosed, under-supported

Women and girls presenting with autistic spectrum disorder (ASD) and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) are going undiagnosed. The NFWI calls on the government and funding bodies to fund research into the female presentation of ASD and ADHD, and for action to be taken to improve the diagnosis process for women and girls, to ensure that they are equipped to better manage these conditions and do not suffer in silence. The NFWI further calls on WI members to raise awareness within their WIs of the issues facing women and girls with ASD and ADHD.

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Charities write to government in support of onshore wind - Possible

Wind Farm
This week, the WI has joined with thirteen other environmental organisations in support of Possible’s letter, which calls on the Government to act urgently to increase the UK’s supply of clean onshore wind energy.
We are extremely concerned about the ongoing impact of rocketing energy prices on people across the UK. The UK Government needs to do everything it can to ramp up our capability to produce forms of clean energy, such as onshore wind energy. We need to protect the supply and independence of UK energy, and ensure that UK supplies of clean energy continue to grow for  generations to come.

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Have your say on the 10-Year Cancer Plan!

The Department of Health and Social Care is developing a 10-Year Cancer Plan to improve England’s cancer services, and they are asking for evidence and ideas to help shape their plan.
Ovarian Cancer Action and the NFWI – as part of the WI’s See the Signs campaign - have joined forces to create a single submission on ovarian cancer.
Help us to tell the Government what’s important to you by completing this short survey, which should only take around 10 minutes : www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/NFWI10yearplan
Your feedback will inform our submission and future campaign activity to raise awareness of the signs and symptoms of ovarian cancer. The survey is open to everyone in the UK, the Isle of Man, Guernsey, and Jersey. You do not have to have personal experiences of ovarian cancer to respond.
The survey will close on 27 March 2022 in order for us to submit a response in time for the closing deadline of the consultation set by the government.
You can read more about the government’s consultation, here: https://bit.ly/36i5fXH

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The Big Lunch

Every year since the idea began in 2009, The Big Lunch has encouraged communities to celebrate their connections and get to know each other a little bit better, coming together in a spirit of fun and friendship. In 2022 The Big Lunch will bring the Jubilee celebrations into the heart of every community.

People are invited to share friendship, food and fun with neighbours as part of the Platinum Jubilee celebrations. A Big Jubilee Lunch can be big or small - street party or picnic, tea and cake or a garden barbeque.
We are delighted to confirm that we will be supporting The Big Jubilee Lunch and encouraging WIs around the country to celebrate the Jubilee with fellow members, friends, family and the local community on Sunday 5 June 2022.
Join Tracey Robbins, Head of UK Delivery, Big Jubilee Lunch, and Vicky Constantine-Foster, NFWI Membership Manager on Wednesday 2 March 2022 at 12.30pm to find out more about the event and how your WI can get involved.
All WI members are welcome to join, but don't worry if you are not available, this session will be recorded and available to watch on My WI at a later date. Register for the session via My WI: https://mywi.thewi.org.uk/.../join-the-2022-big-jubilee...
You can also download The Big Jubilee Lunch free resource pack to help you get started with organising your event: https://bit.ly/3BDOmSR

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Fairtrade Fortnight 2022's Choose The World You Want festival will continue to amplify the voices of farmers and workers, the steps they are already taking to fight the climate crisis, and highlight the role of businesses, shoppers, governments and citizens in supporting them to win the fairer future that we all know they deserve.
There are lots of free online events happening over the next two weeks as part of the festival, sign up here: https://www.fairtrade.org.uk/choose-the-world-you-want/
The NFWI was one of the founding members of the Fairtrade Foundation and we are proud to support this campaign.

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March is Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month which we'll be using it as an opportunity to spread the word about our See The Signs campaign so all women are aware of the subtle signs and symptoms of ovarian cancer, which can often be mistaken for other conditions. To find out more about the campaign, access resources and the action pack, visit our website.

💚 Get involved in Show the Love 2022! 💚

The WI is kick-starting our climate campaigns this year with Show the Love 2022.

The UK Government came out of the COP26 UN Climate Summit with a big to-do list.

This February 2022, we must all come together to make sure they deliver on their promises and plans.

There are two ways you can get involved in Show the Love 2022.

💚 You can use your green hearts to ask your MP to keep up the momentum on climate change. This can be done through sending your MP a green heart affixed to your Show the Love postcard, or by presenting them with green hearts through an in-person or virtual meeting.

💚 Using you, or your WI’s creative skills, you can make, wear and spread green hearts around your community to make visible to your MP your wish for the pledges made at COP26 to be acted on in Parliament. The more green hearts MPs see in their constituency, the stronger their mandates to make sure your wishes are acted on in Parliament.

There are a range of resources available to help you with your Show the Love 2022 plans, including the action pack, policy briefings to use when meeting your MP, craft templates; including a new green heart craft from Patrick Grant from The Great British Sewing Bee, and downloadable postcards.

You can access these resources here: https://www.theclimatecoalition.org/show-the-love-resources…

As a WI member, you will be receiving a postcard for your use in February’s WI Life.

In addition, the NFWI Public Affairs team have a very limited number of physical packs and postcards available. Should you or your WI need any physical action packs or postcards, please contact pa@nfwi.org.uk

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The Great Winter Get Together is coming!

From 17 - 30 January, join the UK-wide campaign to normalise talking about loneliness and show that there’s #NoShameInSharing.
Anyone can take part - whether that’s by sharing your story, reaching out to someone else, or bringing people together. Sometimes the ‘smallest’ actions make the biggest difference.
Discover how you can be a part of it:
We are proud to support the The Great Get Together as part of our Link Together to Alleviate Loneliness campaign.

The Great Winter Get Together - 17-30 January 2022

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See the Signs - Action pack and resources


As part of our See the Signs campaign, which seeks to raise awareness of the subtle signs and symptoms of ovarian cancer, we have launched a new action pack with ideas for how members can take part!

The pack includes detailed information on the symptoms of ovarian cancer, and guidance around what to do if you feel you might be experiencing one or more of the symptoms.

It also includes awareness raising resources and tips from gynae-oncology research charity GRACE on how to support friends or family with a possible symptom of ovarian cancer, as well as lots of sources of further information and expert support.

To download the action pack and accompanying resources such as social media graphics, visit My WI

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RESOLUTION SHORTLIST

In the November/December issue of WI Life which is landing with members this week, you will find information about the five shortlisted resolutions for 2021/2022 which will now be taken forward for further debate and voting by members!

Please see Cambridge WI News with further information on how to vote.

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Have you made one of the No More Loopholes bracelets ahead of #COP26 calling on the government to commit to strong climate agreements at the conference?

If you have made one and would like to send it to the NFWI to take to COP26 in Glasgow, we’d be delighted if you could post them to the NFWI at:

NFWI Public Affairs
104 New Kings Road
London
SW6 4LY

bracelet

Please remember to attach your name and WI to the bracelet. At COP26 we will be handing them out to politicians, negotiators and decision makers.

It’s not too late to make a bracelet if you’d like to be involved. Find the project instructions on My WI: https://mywi.thewi.org.uk/…/…/WI_COP26_TheWholeStory_003.pdf

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As part of WI's The Whole Story campaign, join  us tomorrow between 1pm-2pm to hear some top tips from campaigners at Hope for the Future on how to effectively communicate the need for climate action to your MP.  This is a training session available to WI members ahead of 'The Whole Story' #COP26 campaign parliamentary lobby.
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On 16 September 2021 we'll be celebrating #WIDay, and this year we're turning 106 (we don't look bad for our age!) 
The theme for this year's WI Day is friendship and connection and we'll be shining a light on the special and lifelong friendships that are made in the WI. Tune into our social media channels this week to see how we'll be marking this important milestone.

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Hundred Heroines

Introducing a new partnership with Hundred Heroines: Women in Photography Today!

NFWI are excited to announce the start of an exciting new partnership between the NFWI and Hundred Heroines.

Hundred Heroines is the only UK charity advancing awareness of women and non-binary photographers. They encourage audiences to explore gender equality and diversity through the work of women artists, whose perspectives and experiences are frequently marginalised.

The aim of this partnership will be to offer WI members a range of opportunities to learn and develop their skills in photography and art, while raising both individual and organisational awareness of the barriers faced by women and non-binary photographers around the world, challenging the way we see the world, pushing personal boundaries and highlighting human rights issues.

More details will be coming soon, so keep your eyes on My WI for updates.

To read more about the work of Hundred Heroines, visit My WI: https://mywi.thewi.org.uk/…/la…/introducing-hundred-heroines or Hundred Heroines website at https://hundredheroines.org/

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2020/21 Resolution Results

In the lead up to and following the Annual Meeting, WIs have been discussing the proposed ovarian cancer resolution and deciding how they wish to vote.

Link Delegates and Federation Representatives have cast these votes and we are happy to confirm that the resolution ‘A call to increase awareness of the subtle signs of ovarian cancer’ has passed with a majority of 99.48%.

This means the resolution is now an NFWI mandate and will form the basis of a national WI campaign which all members are invited to work on.

You can read more and download our briefing on the new campaign with background information and some initial ideas about how you can take action here: https://www.thewi.org.uk/…/res…/resolution-selection-results

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Cambridge Federation are arranging an event nearer the time, look out for details in the August/September Newsletter

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Pride

Today is the first day of #PrideMonth! We’re excited to launch a new inclusive Pride logo this year – if you’d like to use it as your WI profile picture, simply save it and upload it. You can also download it from My WI!

We’ll be celebrating LGBT+ Pride season across the summer and are encouraging WIs to organise Pride picnics in your local communities!

Choose your date and get ready to come together again, either in person or virtually, to celebrate. Why not invite a friend and showcase your WI?

We’ve launched a ‘Pride Picnic Pack’ with a bunch of brilliant ideas to make your Pride celebration even more special. Download it from My WI: https://mywi.thewi.org.uk/…/members-resou…/celebrating-pride