Promoting Development of Women Activists

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2019 National Women's Conference
25 October 2018

Promoting Development of Women Activists

UNISON has a proud record of delivering union based learning for both members and activists; we recognise that many women become involved as stewards, Health and Safety Reps, Learning Reps and Equality Reps by being involved in courses provided by UNISON.

We have long been proud of the fact that we have over a million women members but according to our Annual Reports, stewards and branch officers are still not proportional to the number of women members.

Conference welcomes the approach taken by the National Women’s Committee and our conference Standing Orders Committee where members of the committee are term limited which means that Regional Women’s Committees have to think properly about encouraging new activists to get involved.

Conferences also believes that there is a real place for women only learning events as part of a UNISON learning programme and training such as the STUC Women’s Weekend schools are always very popular and evaluate well.

Conference calls on the National Women’s Committee to work with the Learning and Organising Service to consider developing a Women’s Leadership programme for women activists.