Resolutions & Campaigns
The WI has a long history of campaigning on a wide range of issues that matter to women and their communities. Over the past 100 years, WI members have campaigned to empower and support women within society, exerting their individual and collective influence; brought a series of controversial issues into the public domain; and brought about many changes in legislation and government policy. These national campaigns, called 'resolutions' are voted on by all WI members each year.
At a local level, WIs are encouraged to support groups and charities that are important to their communities.
Every resolution passed throughout the WI’s 101-year history has stemmed from a concern put forward by members. This uniquely democratic model offers the opportunity for you to combine your voice with 220,000 others to make a real difference on important issues. This year, 85 resolutions were submitted. These were narrowed down to six by representatives from federations at a shortlisting meeting in London on 29 September.
The final 2017 resolutions that were voted for by members nationwide at the May AGM are 'Plastic Soup - Remove Microfibres from our Oceans' and 'Alleviating Loneliness'.
Click here for information about both resolutions
Applications are now open for our members to suggest a resolution for 2018. Click here for more information on what you need to do and then contact your committee to register your interest. We will then check that the resolution is suitable and has not been proposed before with our ESFWI colleagues, before you spend time completing the necessary application.
Each year, Groombridge WI selects a local group or charity to support with funds that we raise.
In 2016, our chosen charity was Hospice In The Weald which cares completely free of charge for patients with a terminal illness, their families and carers in West Kent and Northern East Sussex. The hospice receives no government funding and raises £9million each year to provide outstanding support and services to the local community, with several of our members having benefitted from the hospice's care for a loved one.
Learn more by clicking here
For 2017, we are currently consulting our membership to decide who to support.
Pennies for Friendship
Pennies for Friendship are collected by WI groups around the UK on behalf of the 'Associated Countrywomen of the World'. ACWW is the largest international organisation for rural women. It has a uniquely down-to-earth approach offering mutual support, friendship and practical help to its members.
The organisation has a membership of nine million through 365 member societies in over 70 countries. Through projects in rural communities ACWW aims to improve the standard of living for all women and their families in health and nutrition, fresh water supplies, housing and literacy. It helps with small scale agricultural and income generating schemes and gives leadership training.
The ‘pennies’ that Groombridge collects are sent to the East Sussex Federation who in turn pass on the pennies received to ACWW. So if your purse seems full of coppers when you arrive at WI, tip them into our pot and make a difference to a woman’s life. Read more by clicking here