Re-Inspiring Women

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2020 National Women's Conference
24 October 2019

Women in the trade union movement have always played a significant role in social movements and social change. We can be proud of the role that Trade Union women played in achieving the Scottish Parliament and the 50/50 campaign amongst others. In the same way, the women of the Trade Union movement, played a major role in the Northern Ireland Peace Process and were directly involved in the Good Friday Agreement negotiations. Sadly, in the coverage of the 20th Anniversary of both the Good Friday Agreement and the Scottish Parliament, there was little mention of the role of women in the creation of either of them let alone trade union women.Conference believes that if we want the role of women in any campaign to be remembered, we need to be the ones that tell that story.Conference notes and commends the work of the STUC Women�s committee in creating the Inspiring Women booklet a few years ago to raise awareness of the many women who have played a significant role in Scottish Political life. However, Conference believes that it is important to make this a living document which is continually updated and the role women play across the whole of the UK is celebrated.Conference applauds the campaign run in Northern Ireland to work with Women�s groups to rename streets after inspiring women activists which raises awareness of these women to the wider public.Conference calls on the National Women’s Committee to work with regional women’s committees to create a UK wide version of the Inspiring Women book and spread the trade union women�s message more widely.