The WI was formed in 1915, and ever since they have had a long history of campaigning on a wide variety of issues.
WI campaigns are about changing things for the better and tackling the issues that matter to members. Members are at the heart of the WI and they play a central role in bringing issues onto the WI’s national agenda through our public affairs and campaigning.
From equal pay to climate change, from gaps in the midwifery workforce to the plight of the honey bee, WI members have embraced a diverse set of challenges and built a reputation for the WI as a practical and ambitious organisation that doesn’t shy away from tricky issues.
In light of the Coronavirus pandemic, we are focusing our attention on supporting members and their local communities through this uncertain time. Our work on loneliness and mental health will be particularly important in tackling the challenges that many of us are facing.
Due to the current COVID-19 restrictions in place, some campaign actions have been paused or amended. You will find further information about our current areas of focus on each individual campaign page.
The WI has a proud history of taking action to protect the environment. As a founding member of The Climate Coalition, we work to protect what we love from climate change, and lobby politicians to prioritise tackling the issue. Essex has a very active Climate Change group led by FEWI’s Climate Change Ambassador, Jill Bruce. Click herefor more information.
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