SUPPORT AMNESTY OVER ABORTION DECISION

Conference welcomes the recent decision by Amnesty International to back abortion in cases of rape, incest or violence, or where the pregnancy jeopardises a women’s life or health. Conference sees this as a huge step forward for women’s rights worldwide, especially in areas of conflict where rape is used as a weapon of war or […]

WOMEN, PENSIONS, POVERTY

Conference calls upon the National Women’s Committee to work with all relevant bodies to push for further initiatives in pension provision for low earners and those not in permanent employment. Conference welcomes the announcement in the Queen’s speech that new legislation is to be introduced aimed at encouraging employers to provide good quality pensions for […]

VIOLENCE AGAINST WOMEN

Violence against women’ refers to any act of gender-based violence that results in, or is likely to result in, physical, sexual, or psychological harm to women. It includes, but is not limited to, domestic violence, forced marriage, crimes in the name of honour, rape and sexual assault, femicide, trafficking and sexual exploitation, female genital mutilation, […]

BREAST CANCER AND CHEMICALS

Conference applauds the work undertaken by women members of UNISON, led by the National Women’s Committee and assisted by women in specialist organisations, to raise awareness of the links between some chemicals in everyday use and breast cancer. Conference urges that this work continues, reinforcing our understanding of the chemicals and products to avoid, and […]

WOMEN IN PRISON

Over the past twelve months the rising prison population has been an ever present news item. Although Conference accepts that there will always be a necessity to imprison women for serious criminal offences, the female prison population has risen by 173% over the past decade. However, the overwhelmingly majority of female prisoners are sentenced for […]

GUN CRIME

This Conference notes with alarm the scourge of gun crime across Britain. This Conference believes that whilst gun crime impacts onto all citizens of the UK and workers providing public services – health, housing, education, social services – it has a disproportionate impact on women members, both in their role as providers of public services […]

OSTEOPOROSIS

Conference notes that two in five women over the age of 50 will break a bone due to osteoporosis, although it affects people of all ages. Despite this condition affecting around 40% of women over the age of 50 only 30% of NHS trusts offer automatic bone scanning to women following breaking a bone. Therefore […]