The National Federation of Women's Institutes AGM took place on the 30th May in London. Every year the NFWI as a group debate and vote on whether to support a proposed resolution. This year the resolution calls for more midwives to be made available in the UK.
“There are chronic shortages of midwives. The NFWI calls on the Government to increase investment in the training, employment and retention of midwives in England and Wales to ensure services are adequately resourced and are able to deliver a high standard of care” will now become the campaigning focus for over 210,000 WI members across England, Wales and the Islands."
96% of the delegates voted in support of the resolution, making it one of the most popular resolutions in recent years.
Ruth Bond, Chair of the NFWI said “As the main campaigning focus for the year to come, the weight of over 210,000 WI members will be behind our calls for more training, employment and retention to ensure that women and their babies will continue to be supported by midwife services across the UK.”
Here are the speeches made about the resolution - the original proposal and a speech from a representative of the RCM.