BREAST CANCER PREVENTION – SAFE PRODUCTS

Widely reported is the fact that fewer than 50 per cent of breast cancer cases can be attributed to the ‘officially recognised’ risk factors understood to increase a woman’s susceptibility to breast cancer – for example late onset of menopause, body weight, diet or late age pregnancy. A growing mountain of research points the finger […]

MOVING ON UP REPORT: BANGLADESHI, CARIBBEAN AND PAKISTANI WOMEN AND WORK

Conference welcomes the report Moving on Up published by the Equal Opportunities Commission (EOC) in March 2007 which found that Bangladeshi, Caribbean and Pakistani girls obtain better GCSE grades, including Maths and English than white British boys. Yet graduate Bangladeshi, Caribbean and Pakistani women seeking work are five times more likely to be unemployed than […]

HOW WIDE IS THE POWER GAP FOR BLACK WOMEN

Black women face obstacles in accessing power – from the grassroots to the Government. They are severely under-represented in senior and governance positions across the public, private and voluntary sectors. At the current pace of change, it will be more than the three centuries before the seats of Parliament reflect Britain’s population of ethnic minority […]

MOVING ON UP REPORT: BANGLADESHI, PAKISTANI AND CARIBBEAN WOMEN AT WORK

Conference notes the ‘Moving On up’ report published by the Equal Opportunities Commission (EOC) IN March 2007 which found that Caribbean, Pakistani and Bangladeshi girls obtain better GCSE grades , including Maths and English than white British boys. Yet Caribbean, Bangladeshi and Pakistani women graduates seeking work are five times more likely to be unemployed […]

A MILLION WOMEN IN THE UNION – A MILLION WORKERS RISE AGAINST VIOLENCE

This conference notes that the experience, threat or fear of men’s violence affects the lives of women and girls everywhere, cutting across boundaries of wealth, race and culture. Violence against women is both a cause and consequence of continued inequality and discrimination. States continue to fail to meet a due diligent standard to prevent violence […]

A WOMEN’S PAPER FOR WOMEN’S ORGANISATION

This conference notes that other Self Organised Groups have dedicated newsletters/publications yet none exist for Women in UNISON. Whilst we note that we are the majority in terms of membership we feel that this is not reflected in UNISON publications such as Focus. We therefore request that the National Women’s Committee prepares a report for […]

VOTES FOR WOMEN – A CELEBRATION OF WOMEN ACTIVISTS

This conference notes that it is some 120 years since the inaugural meeting in the Union of Women Match Makers was held in July 27 1988, and 90 years since women over 30 and married women were given the right to vote and that Parliamentary Qualification of Women Act allowed women to be elected as […]

CAMPAIGN TO SUPPORT A LEGAL DEFINITION OF DOMESTIC ABUSE

Conference applauds the decision last year to forward Motion 9 ‘Definition of Violence against Women’ to National Conference and we thank the National Women’s Committee for their work in taking forward the work contained in last year’s motion. Sadly, we were all reminded in August 2007, how our legal system fails women. On 24th August […]

TIME TO DRAW THE LINE CAMPAIGN

Conference is saddened that incidents of domestic abuse are not decreasing and conviction rates, although increasing, in reality remain depressingly low. Eighty nine per cent of those suffering four or more incidents are women and one incident of domestic abuse is reported to the police every minute. Conference acknowledges the hard work that UNISON women […]

DELEGATES TO NATIONAL WOMEN’S CONFERENCE

The Cymru/Wales Region welcomes the changes to the way in which delegates are nominated to National Women’s Conference based upon the number of women members by branch. This change agreed by the NEC will hopefully allow more women to participate and encourage women activists locally, regionally and nationally. It is important that this change is […]

SUPPORTING THE WOMEN OF BURMA

This conference resolves to support the women of Burma who are risking imprisonment, beatings and death from their government in their struggle for democratic change in their country. After the 1988 uprising, thousands of Burmese men were killed, imprisoned or forced to flee the country. Women took a stand to combat oppression and promote democracy. […]

SEXISM IN THE CITY

London’s square mile is one of the most economically prosperous areas in the world. But behind that success lies a hidden story of disadvantage and discrimination affecting women at all levels – a story which is replicated in cities all across the UK, both in the public and private sector. Prejudice about women’s abilities and […]

MOTIONS AND AMENDMENTS – PRE-CONFERENCE PROCEDURE

Standing Order 3.2 Amend first sentence to read “Each branch and regional women’s group, other national self-organised groups and the National Young Members’ Forum may submit motions, amendments to motions and amendments to Standing Orders.” Delete second sentence.

THE GENDER EQUALITY DUTY AND WOMEN IN SPORT

Women in UNISON have many interests and hobbies, including either watching or participating in sport. We are all aware of the advantages of exercise, but are also increasingly aware of the lack of seriousness afforded to women’s sport, especially in the media. The recent women’s football world cup was one recent example where coverage was […]

LADS MAGS

Conference is concerned about the explicit imagery of naked and barely clothed young women portrayed on the internet, and in so called “Lad’s mags”. These magazines are sold, at pocket money prices, in our local newsagents, department stores and supermarkets. They are not age restricted i.e. “top shelf” material, are clearly displayed and available for […]