After strong debate Conference delegates, including representatives from our affiliated societies, ratified a number of important and topical resolutions to add to NCW policy.  Several earlier resolutions were also reaffirmed and work on them will continue.

Girls from The High School for Girls, Denmark Road, Gloucester and Cheltenham Ladies College led the Intergenerational Seminar Social Media and the Effect on Young Women.

At the Grace Wedekind Memorial Seminar Gender Equality:  Modelling the Future the speakers included Melissa Benn, Dr Karen Usher, Dr Simon Forrest and Clive Joyce.

Before Conference closed the CEDAW (Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women) Report and the seventeen Sustainable Development Goals were discussed.

Resolutions passed:

  • Treatment of Women Asylum Seekers in Yarl’s Wood Immigration Removal Centre, proposed by Darlington & District Branch
  • Social Care Provision; the need for the Cavendish Report to be mandated, proposed by NCW Health Committee
  • Addressing the Needs of Children in Care and Keeping them out of Trouble, proposed by the Prison Reform Trust, an affiliated society
  • (Removal of) VAT on Sanitary Products, proposed by NCW Science & Technology
  • Committee  (a quick resolution)


  • The Recruitment, Training and Retention of Midwives (2007)  NCW Health Committee
  • Water – Planning for the Future (2006)  NCW Health, Science & Technology Committee
  • Reform of Women’s Justice (2011)  The Prison Reform Trust
  • Poverty and Child Welfare (2013)  NCW Management Committee
  • PSHE Becomes a Foundation Subject with the National Curriculum (2013) National Council of Young Women