To summarise the resolutions are:
1. The Next 100 years: This resolution would look forward in the centenary year and develop a programme of work examining the key social and economic challenges facing women of all ages. Has the battle for equality been won?
2. Plant a tree for the future: The UK has extremely low coverage of tress despite efforts to plant new woodlands. Tree planting is a positive step. Today only 13% of the UK is woodland. Could identifying land for the planting of trees and the creation of new woodland be tricky to accomplish? (some of you may feel this resonates locally given recent changes made to our village?)
3. Public Access Defibrilators: Speed is at the essence after a cardiac event; survival rates as high as 75% have been reported from rapid defibrilation. There is a lack of information on the location and number of PADs.
4. Failing to care - Assessment of need in long-term care: The resolution is about access to "Continuing care" a programme of free social care from the NHS for people in the community who are judge to have complex, substantial and long term care needs. It proposes changing the definition for NHS continuing care by removing the qualification that patients must require "nursing care".
5. Cutting back on food waste: Food waste was identified as a concern by members in "The WI great food debate". In 2012 we wasted 7m tonnes of food; 4.2m was avoidable. The WI's involvement with WRAP and Love Food Hate Waste demonstrates that this is an issue but the question is posed; is a new campaign needed?
6. Ending FGM: Involves the removal of a external genitalia from women and girls for religious and cultural reasons. It is an abuse of human and child rights. Around 140 million women worldwide are effected. This resolution is in keeping with the NFWI's promotion of women's human rights and campaigns on violence against women and girls.
7. To curb the use of antibiotics: Increasingly infections are developing resistance to antibiotics. Professor Dame Sally Davies, Chief Medical Officer for England has described antibiotic resistance as a threat as serious as terrorism. The government has a 5 year strategy in place that focuses on public engagement.