The Time is Now Lobby – 26th June 2019
MFWI Public Affairs Team Met with NFWI Public Affairs team in Mary Sumner House before the lobby. Sarah Wilson, Anna East Harlington WI and Alison Fremantle West Drayton WI
Anna Kidd N1WI (also MFWI Public Affairs) Lorraine Reed-Wenman MFWI Chair, and Clare Taylor N1WI.
Two new resolutions passed at the 2019 Annual Meeting
Over 96% of delegates at the WI Annual Meeting in Bournemouth on 5th June voted to pass a resolution aimed at tackling the decline in local bus services.
The resolution, proposed by Burniston and Cloughton WI in North Yorkshire East Federation calls for the WI to lobby for more funding and work in partnership with bus companies and local authorities to improve services.
We want to hear from members who live in communities that have experienced cuts to bus services or where services are under threat. We are also keen to hear from members who have managed to save their services or develop new ways of making them sustainable. Do get in touch using this form! NFWI Memo AGM 2019 Resolution Passed Decline in Bus Services
A resolution calling for action to tackle declining take up of cervical cancer screening was also supported by 97% of delegates.
In England and Wales women aged 25-49 are invited for cervical screening every three years, and those aged 50-64 are invited every five years. But attendance rates are currently at a 21 year low.
The resolution, put forward by Disley WI, Cheshire Federation, calls for WI members to attend their own screening appointments, to raise awareness of the issue and to tackle the barriers to attendance.
The NFWI will now develop a full campaign plan to enable members to take action locally and nationally to help raise screening rates. More information is available here NFWI Memo AGM 2019 Resolution Passed Don’t Fear the Smear.
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