In the South West 81% of UNISON members are women. Our members are taking big steps for gender equality, but there’s a lot further to go.
On average women still earn a lot less than men and face sex discrimination and harassment at work. Women are often the primary carers and work part-time leaving them juggling work, home and financial commitments This is why UNISON takes a lead on negotiating and campaigning on women’s rights at work and in the community.
The South West region has a Women’s Committee (also known as a self-organised group) that campaign for improvements to women’s rights in the workplace and in the wider community and support campaigns aimed at improving women’s lives – for example, to change the law to protect women experiencing domestic violence, or to raise awareness of health issues which mainly affect women.
The Women’s Committee meet on a regular basis to develop policies, promote equality and encourage wider participation of women members at all levels of the union. UNISON South West also provides a number of courses for women each year such as, ‘Confidence Building and Assertiveness’, ‘Confidence for Young Women Members’, ‘Women and Health and Safety’, ‘Sex Discrimination’ as well as organising the annual Regional Women’s Conference.
As a member of UNISON, you have the support and guidance of thousands of other women members, who face the same workplace challenges as you. If you encounter issues such as the gender pay gap or denial of your maternity rights, UNISON can help you with practical information, support and legal advice.
For more information about the committee, or on setting up a women’s self organised group in your branch, please contact: Regional Women’s Committee