Unifor sent a strong delegation of young women activists to the recent Women’s Convention in Detroit. The convention was organized nine months after the historic Women March on Washington rally that saw hundreds of thousands take to the streets in what has become one of the largest mass demonstrations in American history. Thousands of people in Canada, including Unifor members, and activists around the world also hosted and participated in local women’s marches that were attended by women and allies.
During October 27-29 more than 4,000 delegates heard from political and social movement leaders who are pushing forward a progressive feminist agenda. The weekend also featured a packed schedule of trainings and workshops to encourage women to be more engaged with the political process.
Organizers established the convention as an opportunity to bring women together to connect, inspire and strategize plans of action to push forward an agenda for women’s rights and political participation.
Read about the energizing experiences of the Unifor delegation below, in their own words.
“Young feminist activists can learn a lot from some of the organizing that is happening right now in the United States. In Canada, we have our own struggles to come to terms with the sexism, racism, and homophobia that take shape in every corner of our members' lives. We brought young labour activists to Detroit because they are the leading edge of many of these fights, and we're going to bring everything we learn back home.”
Roxanne Dubois, Young Workers' Staff Liaison
“I'm very excited about this weekend! It will be filled with amazing speakers, workshops and panels. To be able to hear from very influential women like Ibtihaj Muhammad, Angela Rye, Congresswoman Maxine Waters and Tarana Burke is a privilege. My wish is to be able to take their guidance and motivation to empower me to be a stronger leader to my community.”
Samia Hashi, Local 6006, Ontario
“Every event at the Women's Convention will be an opportunity to capture the power of women’s messages and voices. I am very happy to have the chance to participate in this event and I am already looking forward to sharing my learning with other Unifor members I meet.”
Catherine Plamondon, Local 720, Québec
“As a younger and newer activist, I am hoping to get the courage and drive to be more active and to stand up for the rights of my fellow peers. I am excited to hear about women's rights, especially related to women's rights about their bodies and health. I think it is important to attend a conference like this to hear different people's stories from all over and to learn from what they have went through.”
Jennifer Werrett, Local 649, Saskatchewan