Every year, the women’s conference is the best attended conference of any union conference, and there’s little doubt why.
The Unifor’s Women’s Conference was an exciting and inspiring few days that brought together more than 300 women from across the union. Participants discussed building women’s activism, collective bargaining, the role of women in the union and in electoral politics. The conference, themed Women’s Voices, Women’s Power, took place in Port Elgin, Ontario.
“With more than half the delegates attending a women’s conference for the first time, the energy was high,” said Unifor Women’s Director Lisa Kelly.
“Women know that the system isn’t working for them and they want change. Participants were excited to go back to their workplaces, communities and ballot boxes and start working for that change.”
The conference included presentations by the three regional directors, as well as a panel on women and collective bargaining and the federal election as well as a series of interactive workshops which focussed on learning about issues and skills-building.
The workshop sessions included a range of topics such as childcare, sexual health, social media, women in Quebec, ending violence against women and the women’s advocate program, how to start a women’s committee and entering politics.