Earlier this month, four women from the University of Bristol branch travelled to Liverpool to attend UNISON’s annual women’s conference.

Three women from Bristol branch smiling at the camera

Women from Bristol Uni branch at women’s conference

We heard motions being debated on a wide range of issues, including improving representation for young women members and Black women members. There were also motions on period poverty, violence against women, and non-binary inclusion in UNISON. You can download a full conference guide including a list of motions from the UNISON 2018 women’s conference web page.

There were also a number of speeches including an inspirational speech from a woman from the Birmingham Homecare workers who are striking over redundancies and changes to shift patterns. Follow ‘Support the Birmingham Homecare Workers‘ on Facebook for more information.

For those considering attending Women’s Conference, from a first-timer this year:

“I would say it’s definitely worth going, you get to meet lots of interesting people and learn more about the Union. If you are quite new to UNISON it also puts you more at ease with its structures, and I think it helped boost my confidence in terms of thinking about getting involved in the future.”

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