With only two months to go before voters head to the polls, it is more important than ever that issues of major concern to women are front and centre in political debate.
For decades, the activism of women in the union movement has helped deliver lasting change in a range of areas, most recently for the 55,000 mainly female care and support workers set to benefit from an historic equal pay settlement.
Finding new ways to support women union members in campaigning and bargaining is crucial if issues such as discrimination, domestic violence and the gender pay imbalance are to be addressed.
Developing these skills is the aim of the two-day New Zealand Council of Trade Union Te Kauae Kaimahi’s biennial women’s conference taking place in Wellington this Friday and Saturday.
An 18 strong delegation of Tertiary Education Union members from around the country will join more than 180 women from across the union movement to develop Mana Wahine, the conference’s central theme.
“We are delighted that the TEU will be so well represented at the conference. Working as part of a collective, women can make a huge difference in their workplaces,” Suzanne McNabb, national women’s officer at the TEU, said.
Featuring a range of workshops, panel discussions and an international presentation, the conference will further equip women with a range of skills to deliver change in their workplace and communities.
With union women campaigning on a diverse range of issues, the conference will also provide a valuable opportunity for women to share ideas and learn from one another.
“It promises to be an inspiring two days of debate and discussion about how we most effectively work together to address the specific challenges women face,” McNabb added.