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Womens Insititue in Borough 19/02/20

James McIntosh
June 5, 2019

I've always admired the Women's Institute (WI) in the UK.

An organisation that has campaigned, helped and worked to empower women and families for over 100 years, who are not afraid to tackle an issue.

Their first campaign was in 1918 calling for a 'sufficient supply of convenient and sanitary houses', followed by campaigns and lobbying pressure for such items as to allow women to sit on jury service, increasing the number of women in the police, maternal health, equal pay for equal work, smoking in pubic, cervical cancer screening, mental health care, being a founding member of the Fairtrade Foundation.

The WI has always been topical and relevant. Not afraid to stand up for what matters, even on the more delicate subjects of the time, like in 1986 teaming us with the Terrance Higgins Trust to educate women about HIV and AIDS and as much as we may talk about plastic pollution today, the WI have been campaigning about this since 1971.

I feel blessed and humbled to have been invited to speak at my local WI - the Borough Belles on 19th February 2020 about all things knititation® - how a one stitch at a time has brought joy back to my life after a crippling depressive episode and my work with Dr Thomas Ernst FRCP in our book Knit and Nibble.

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