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We work to change and improve the lives of everyone. Important topics relating to women and wider society become the subject of resolutions.

Our campaigning work, underpinned by robust research, aims to shape and change legislation and to fight to end discrimination and improve the quality of life for all.

Our members and associates use recognised statistics and sources of information to make sure that our communications and resolutions are accurate and avoid the trap of ‘fake news’.

Resolutions are debated and passed at our NCW Annual Conference and then put to the Government to call for change.

Resolutions are often presented jointly by NCW members and associated organisations, such as the Prison Reform Trust and Methodist Women in Britain. Each resolution represents our proud history of campaigning and challenging local, national and international decision makers.

The earliest resolution in 1919 addressed income tax and called on the Government to separately assess husbands and wives. This resolution was re-affirmed in 1920 and 1981 before it finally became law in 1990. As we add our voices to those of other groups, we can influence policy makers to improve the lives of all our citizens. Change can take a long time and NCW is in it for the long haul.

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Latest resolutions passed by the NCWGB at the annual conference November 2022

Each year NCW members discuss and pass resolutions relating to areas of concern affecting the lives of women. In 2022 members passed two key resolutions and reaffirmed two others.

Recommendation to ratify the Istanbul Convention combatting violence against women without reservations

The NCW calls on the UK government to fully ratify the Council of Europe Convention on Combatting Violence Against Women and Domestic Violence (‘Istanbul Convention’), a legally-binding ‘gold standard’ roadmap for tackling violence against women and domestic abuse.

The NCW calls for the UK government to remove its reservations to Articles 44(3) and 59 of the Istanbul Convention. In lieu of immediate action, it calls for the government to set out the explicit conditions under which the reservations will be withdrawn, and provide a timeline for doing so.

The NCW also aligns itself with the #AllWomenMeansAllWomen campaign led by IC Change.

Proposer: Helena Trenkić, NCW Network 18-25 Member
Seconder: Gwenda Kibble, Co-ordinator NCW Network 18-25
Submitted by: Helena Trenkić, NCW Network 18-25 Member

Support for public service broadcasting in the UK

NCW urges His Majesty’s Government to take steps to ensure that:

  • The BBC remains universally available across the UK with no extra payment, with sufficient funding to provide a full range of services to citizens and consumers in the UK.
  • The BBC and other Public Service Broadcasters remain available on DTT free of charge, without UK citizens having to pay for a broadband connection to access them.
  • Legislation is passed to secure prominence for Public Service Broadcasters and ensure fair carriage terms for them on streaming and online platforms.

Proposer: Professor Sylvia Harvey, Voice of the Listener and Viewer
Seconder: Jan Leventhall, NCWGB Management Committee
Submitted by: Professor Sylvia Harvey and Pip Eldridge, Voice of the Listener and Viewer

Reaffirmation: To protect children from the harm caused by online pornography (2019)

The NCW calls for urgent and firm action to protect children from the harm caused by online pornography.

Reaffirmation: To protect children from the harm caused by online pornography (2019)

The NCW calls for urgent and firm action to protect children from the harm caused by online pornography.

Reaffirmation: Thorium as a source of energy (2014)

The NCW urges the government to invest significantly more on nuclear fission research, especially that involving thorium fuel, in the next generation of nuclear reactors.

You can search our bank of our resolutions by topic. Popular subjects are listed below.

  • Women and Girls
  • Ethnic Minorities, LGBT+ and Religion
  • Older People, Vulnerable Adults and Children, Disability and Special Educational Needs
  • Social Deprivation
  • Children, Teenagers and Young Adults
  • Health, Social Care and Safety
  • Education and Training
  • Tax, Work and Pensions
  • Legislation, Justice, Family Law and Human Rights
  • Food and Agriculture
  • Environment
  • Transport and Roads
  • Science, Research and Technology
  • Local Services and Housing
  • Digital, Culture, Media and Sport
  • War, International Affairs and Overseas Development

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