NCW POLICY RESOLUTIONS PASSED AND RATIFIED AT THE ANNUAL
CONFERENCE, OCTOBER 2017 HELD IN LEAMINGTON SPA

The conference resolutions were as usual timely and important.  We welcomed speakers from The Prison Reform Trust and the Methodist Women in Britain, both affiliated societies, as well as Allies Network.  After helpful and interesting discussions and questions all resolutions were passed and then ratified at the AGM and are now NCW policy.  Since conference representations have been made to the appropriate government departments on all subjects.

RESPECT FOR THE OLDER PERSONS (2017)

The World Health Organization says:

“An age-friendly world enables people of all ages to actively participate in community activities and treats everyone with respect, regardless of their age. It is a place that makes it easy for older people to stay connected to people that are important to them. It helps people stay healthy and active even at the oldest ages and provides appropriate support to those who can no longer look after themselves.”

The National Council of Women in Conference assembled urges Her Majesty’s Government to:

  • Stimulate a change in social attitudes and educate the public in understanding the older person by encouraging awareness of ageing.
  • Positively promote partnerships to nurture empathy in community connections to prevent mistreatment and bullying of senior citizens.
  • Ensure places of employment develop a culture of respect in the workplace for older people in the knowledge that we are expected to work well into our 70s in the future.
  • Ensure schools/colleges link up with appropriate local organizations, so that students can look at the role of older people in society and promote positive attitudes towards them.
  • Promote an environment where older people have no fear of disclosing their sexual orientation and/or gender identity and can express this to their care providers without discrimination.
  • Encourage planners to focus on mixed use development around bus routes and rail/bus stations to cater for all ages.

Submitted by Leicester Branch.

RE-COMMITMENT OF NCWGB’S AIM TO ACHIEVE ‘A WORLD WHERE IT IS NO DISADVANTAGE TO BE BORN A GIRL’ AND TO WORK TOWARDS THE ATTAINMENT OF EQUALITY FOR ALL (2017)

Speakers at CSW61 identified 2017 as an ‘historic moment’ for civil society when our values are under threat and advances we have made in the advancement of human rights are being ‘pushed back’ by extremists in USA, Turkey, Russia, Europe and the Middle East.    This backlash is seen to be a response to the progress made by women’s organisations seeking gender equality and women’s ability to control their own sexuality and fertility through sexual and reproductive rights.

Through attendance at the Commission on the Status of Women and affiliation to the International Council of Women, NCWGB members are made fully aware of these threats to progress towards equality for women and girls.   The Women’s March in the USA, which was joined by many nations, including the UK, demonstrated the strength of women’s organisations uniting to defend their rights. This is the moment for NCWGB to reaffirm its stated aim of ‘A World Where it is no Disadvantage to be Born a Girl’ and commitment to equality for all, irrespective of Gender, Race, Politics, Religion or Culture.

Submitted by:  NCW International Affairs Committee

TYPE 4 FEMALE GENITAL MUTILATION (2017)

NCW, aware that Types 1,2 and 3 of Female Genital Mutilation are clearly observable and recordable but that other forms of FGM are not, urges HMG to give a category of FGM Type 4 to those other forms of abuse. This would give professionals and victims a clear diagnosis and improve record-keeping.

  1. Communities who practice pulling and piercing of the clitoris and other manipulation of the female genitalia are not, in their eyes, practising mutilation or abuse because there is no “cutting” involved and the procedure cannot be described under the present designation of “FGM Type 1,2 or 3”.
  2. There needs to be more awareness of the practice and training in history-taking.

Submitted by NCW Health

REDUCING WOMEN’S IMPRISONMENT (2017)

NCW urges HM Government to take steps to ensure that:

  • The number of women being given a prison sentence is reduced
  • The quality and quantity of alternatives to a prison sentence, for women and especially for women with dependent children, are increased
  • The support available to women in prison, to maintain family links and engage in effective rehabilitation, is improved

Submitted by: NCW Darlington & District Branch

TO CONTINUE TO MAKE PEACE A PRIORITY BY WORKING TOWARDS A UN BAN ON NUCLEAR WEAPONS (2017)

The National Council of Women of Great Britain in Conference assembled, urges HM Government to reconsider their stance on nuclear weapons, so working towards “making cities and human developments safe” and “promoting peaceful and inclusive societies” (Sustainable Development Goals 11 & 16).

Submitted by:  Methodist Women in Great Britain

REAFFIRMATION: CONSERVING, GUARDING AND EDUCATING ABOUT ANTIBIOTICS (2016)

NCW, in Conference assembled, urges HM Government to expedite action to curtail the blanket and indiscriminate use of antibiotics in farming practices in order to avert a “disaster of apocalyptic proportions” for human beings.  

Originally submitted by: Health Committee