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Celebrating women in UNISON plus survey for women

March is Women’s History Month and 8 March is International Women’s Day.

To celebrate Women’s History Month UNISON has put together a timeline of some of the key dates for women and the trade union movement.

Scottish Women’s Budget Group survey
The Scottish Women’s Budget Group are undertaking a women’s survey looking at the impact of the cost-of-living, public service reform and priorities for the General election.  If you are a woman please take part.

Link to Survey: https://www.smartsurvey.co.uk/s/AFDTXT/

Ian Kirkwood-Allen, Branch Equalities Officer said: “Women have always been central to trade unions and the fight for a more equal society. In UNISON, women make up more than three quarters of our members. We are proud to be the leading trade union for women. Our one million women members are the foundation on which UNISON is built.

“UNISON‘s women members have successfully negotiated on key issues such as childcare, equal pay and maternity rights. We campaign for equality in the workplace and for improvements to women‘s rights in the workplace and in the wider community.

“We also support campaigns aimed at improving women‘s lives – for example, to change the law to protect women experiencing domestic abuse, or to raise awareness of health issues which mainly affect women.”

The STUC Women’s Committee will be hosting an event on Thursday 14 March at the STUC, Margaret Irwin Centre, Glasgow from 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm. The event is open to all trade union women. If you are in Glasgow, please get along.

Kate Ramsden, Trades Union Council representative on the STUC Women’s Committee said: “International Women’s Day is celebrated worldwide, marking women’s progress and achievements.

“The STUC Women’s Committee, is proud to stand alongside all those women internationally fighting for justice and equality. Every day, women are contributing to and making history, yet their achievements, stories and successes are often overlooked.

“The Herstory Project, developed by the STUC Women’s Committee, aims to engage, encourage, and empower trade union women with the confidence, courage, and skills to share a story of their own, and to equip them with the tools to support other trade union women to do the same.”

To register your attendance please click here: STUC Women’s Committee IWD Event