UNISON has almost one million women members - more than two thirds of our union. Women still earn a lot less than men and face sex discrimination and harassment at work. Our members also juggle work and home commitments. Many have caring responsibilities and almost half work part-time. This is why UNISON takes a lead on negotiating and campaigning on women's rights at work and in the community. To get involved in our campaign go to Equal Pay.
The Queen's Speech was trailed as being aimed at women. Dave Prentis has already expressed our concerns www.unison.org.uk/asppresspack/pressrelease_view.asp?id=3054
Ceri Goddard of the Fawcett Society also notes: "If planned deregulation means further erosion of workplace rights and protections, this won’t only expose thousands more women to unfair discrimination, it is a false economy when we need the full talents and skills of or workface – men and women – contributing to growth. Until governments plans advance women’s equality both at home and at work their programme won’t just stall progress, it will undermine it."
The UK CEDAW Shadow Report – Women’s Equality in the UK: A health check – has been produced by the CEDAW Working Group, a coalition of 42 women’s and human rights organisations from across the UK in preparation for the examination of the UK Government by the UN CEDAW Committee in July 2013. http://thewomensresourcecentre.org.uk/our-work/cedaw/cedaw-shadow-report/
Join hundreds of people from across the UK for a unique weekend of hands-on training in feminist activism. 17-18 August, University of Birmingham
Women form the majority of the UK population, yet power is concentrated in the hands of the minority, according to Counting In coalition report 'Sex and Power 2013: Who Runs Britain?
The Give ‘n’ Get Project, a research team from the Child and Woman Abuse Studies Unit at London Metropolitan University, has been funded by the Office of the Children’s Commissioner to find out what young people understand about consent. The researchers need your help to spread the link to the survey all across England and try to get as many young people as we possibly can to join the conversation about what consent means for them. www.givenget.info
When life gets tough, contact UNISON Welfare, now called There for you
for confidential advice and support on issues such as finance, debt, wellbeing breaks etc. www.unison.org.uk/welfare/
Key to the charitable work of 'There for you' is the fundraising Octopus Lottery
with great cash prizes and 40% of earnings going to UNISON Welfare. www.unison.org.uk/octopus/
Gender, safety and health is a new guide that highlights the different health and safety risks that female and male workers are exposed to at work, and informs all safety reps on how to take a gender-sensitive approach when negotiating health and safety policies and procedures with their employer. www.unison.org.uk/file/21361.pdf
A new report from the Fawcett Society - ‘The changing labour market: delivering for women, delivering for growth’ - considers the position of women in the UK’s workforce post recession and what could happen next. www.fawcettsociety.org.uk/new-report-warns-of-female-unfriendly-labour-market-as-womens-unemployment-continues-to-rise/fawcett-the-changing-labour-market/
Responding to recent figures published by the Cranfield School of Management - which show that progress on appointing more women to company boards has stalled - the TUC has called on ministers to introduce compulsory quotas. TUC General Secretary Frances O'Grady said: "The only way we will end the old boys' network is if the government introduces compulsory quotas for the composition of boards, as recommended by the European Commission. Without this, female board members will continue to be a rarity
New guidance is available from the Equality and Human Rights Commission to help employers manage and support employees affected by domestic abuse, which one in four women will experience at some point in their lifetime. www.equalityhumanrights.com/news/2013/april/new-guidance-launched-to-help-employers-support-staff-experiencing-domestic-abuse/
Age Immaterial is a new blog that will provide a platform to highlight and discuss issues affecting working women over 50. http://ageimmaterial.org/
UNISON is working to defend good pension schemes and improve and promote affordable, decent pensions for all our members, wherever you work. The Pensions Knowledge Centre includes a useful jargon buster
to explain important technical terms. www.unison.org.uk/pensions/jargon.asp
A Strawberry Tea is a fun and easy way to support the Breast Cancer Care charity. Simply get together with friends and family, buy or bake some cakes, add some strawberries, put the kettle on and away you go! www.breastcancercare.org.uk/fundraising-events/events/strawberry-tea
The Commission on the Status of Women
recently met, and adopted and agreed conclusions on the elimination and prevention of all forms of violence against women and girls on 15 March 2013.
On 1 April 2013, legal aid was removed for most family law cases. New rules will apply for women applying for legal aid in family law cases (such as child contact and divorce) where domestic violence is an issue. Rights of Women, Women's Aid and Welsh Women's Aid are very concerned that these changes will mean that many women affected by violence will not be able to access legal advice and representation to resolve family law matters. In order to monitor the impact of the changes they have developed a survey for women to complete. www.rightsofwomen.org.uk/
The Equality and Human Rights Commission has recently published a follow-on report looking at what progress has been made one year on from the Human Trafficking Inquiry in Scotland.
A European Institute for Gender Equality report shows that the UK is where Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) is more prevalent within the EU and that over 30,000 girls are at risk of FGM each year.
A new collection of essays highlighting the challenges and opportunities of ageing for women has been published by the International Longevity Centre - UK.
Email your MP calling for hazardous chemicals to be included as risk factors in the UK's Strategy for Cancer. www.nomorebpa.org.uk/takeaction/index.php?dm_i=9CD,YOSH,1C9TBI,2WNCQ,1
(16/08/12) The government refuses to act to tackle the high cost credit companies
who are pushing families into crippling debt across Britain. This campaign pack aims to help communities fight back against the damage legal loan sharks are doing to our country www.workingforwalthamstow.co.uk/fight-back-against-the-legal-loan-sharks-download-our-campaign-pack-here/