International Women’s Day (IWD) is a global campaign to highlight the inequalities and biases faced by women around the world. The first IWD took place in 1911, with the aim of celebrating the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women. While it occurs on only one day a year, it is something that UNISON staff work to address all year round for our women members, who make up around 70% of the total membership.
This year’s theme is #BreaktheBias, which has been chosen to inspire us all to work together to collectively create a world free of bias, stereotypes and discrimination. Individually, it encourages us to take responsibility for our actions, in turn breaking the bias in communities, workplaces and beyond.
And it doesn’t stop there
In advance of International Women’s Day the Jimmy Reid Foundation is holding an online rally ‘Women in unions: advancing their interests’ on 2 March 2022 at 7pm with Christina McAnea, Shavanah Taj and Roz Foyer ( a great lineup) discussing the issues, ideas and strategies.
I would ask you to please share the details and the link below with your activists and members. Some of our 1 million women members will be interested in hearing what our General Secretary, Christina, has to say.