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Issue 11: June 2021

Your latest national WI news

 Welcome to the WI's latest newsletter. The summer has now officially arrived and we're delighted to see WIs safely beginning to meet up again in person after lockdown restrictions have eased. Scroll down to explore the latest campaign news, an update on our successful NFWI Annual Meeting and a few summery projects to inspire you! 

The NFWI Annual Meeting goes virtual!

On Tuesday 8 June, we held our first ever virtual NFWI Annual Meeting! The event was live streamed from the beautiful RSA House in London while the audience tuned in from home. We had three outstanding guest speakers; HRH The Countess of Wessex, Baroness Hale and Dame Cressida Dick. All three delivered inspiring speeches covering strong women and empowerment, the need for more diversity in all areas of public life and the issue of domestic violence. 

Thank you to the speakers for our proposed resolution, which this year is 'a call to increase awareness of the subtle signs of ovarian cancer'. Delegates will now have until the start of July to vote on whether to pass this resolution and make it a WI campaign.

This was the final NFWI Annual Meeting for our Chair Lynne Stubbings, who has been in the role for an amazing four years. Lynne spoke of how much she has enjoyed her time as Chair, and the kindness and warmth she's been shown by members wherever she's visited. 

We are delighted to announce that Ann Jones, Ceredigion Federation, has been elected as the new NFWI Chair.

Ann has been a member of the NFWI Board for several years as NFWI Vice-Chair and Chair of Public Affairs and brings a breadth of experience, knowledge and enthusiasm to the role of Chair. We look forward to working with her as she begins this exciting new chapter.
#CracktheCrises: Tackling Covid-19 gender inequality
Ahead of the G7 in Cornwall this weekend, NFWI Research and Campaigns Officers' Aanchal and Fiona joined Care International UK's  #Wednesday4Women march to Downing Street this week to call on the Government to address gender inequality. This includes tackling violence against women and girls, supporting women and girls leadership, and delivering vital climate agreements that limit global warming and work for the most vulnerable people and places across the world. Find out more here.
In November 2021, the UK will be playing host to the 26th Annual UN Climate Conference, COP26. As the largest women’s voluntary organisation in the UK, the WI will be using our platform to stand shoulder to shoulder with women and girls around the world and will be calling on the UK Government to deliver a COP26 that provides a fair deal for women and girls everywhere in the fight against climate change. Watch our recent webinar focused on the role women leaders can play in tackling climate change, Covid-19 recovery and gender equality.
One year of Denman at Home!
A year since the launch of Denman at Home, we’ve had over 70,000 people join our online courses and events. Will you be next to discover that hidden talent you never knew you had? We have everything from online cookery to suit all levels, craft courses from stitching to felting, fantastic history talks, music, dance and much much more. Not tried a course yet? Browse the listings here. 
Vegan Sausage Rolls
This delicious vegan sausage roll recipe is by celebrity chef Miguel Barclay and has kindly been provided to us as part of Eden Communities' Big Lunch, taking place throughout the month of June! 
Click here for the recipe.

Tasselled Tablecloth Weights

The breeze will no longer be a challenge to outdoor eating with these fun tasselled weights.

Click here for the project instructions.
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