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Women's Conference: Wit, Work and Wisdom

Women taking part in a conference workshop in 2009 Feedback on 2009 "The workshops were a great opportunity to meet other members and discuss mutual concerns." Pic: Janina Struk

18 October 2010

BECTU's annual Women’s Conference is almost here and it promises to be bigger and better than last year.

Centred on the theme of 'Wit, Work and Wisdom', the event will celebrate the election of BECTU’s first-ever female president, Christine Bond.

Also on the agenda will be discussions involving Kate Kinnimont, executive director, Women in Film & TV (WFTV); Sarah Rushton–Read, founder member of Women in Stage Entertainment (WiSE) and Finn Mackay, the brains between the annual Reclaim the Night march.

Earlier this year the industry was rocked by Skillset research showing that 5000 women had left the TV industry between 2006-2009 compared with 750 men. More anecdotal evidence in theatre, suggests issues of inequality and gender segregation persist. How should the union play its part in helping women to build the careers they want and for the longer-term?

Women's Conference 2009Women's Conference 2009.                      Pic: Janina Struk

 2010 workshops

In addition to debating the way forward with guest speakers, women members from the across the union will also have the opportunity to share ideas and experiences during workshops on Public Speaking, How to Organise Yourself and Gender and Globalisation.

"BECTU benefits hugely from the involvement of women at branch level, The conference helps to build confidence and to develop campaigning and networking skills to encourage more women to become active," said Kate Elliott, national official and equality officer.

A day of discussion, learning and upskilling at the TUC's Congress Centre in London, will end with the conference's very own pub quiz.  Members will be free to leave in time to join the Reclaim the Night march.

What did the women who attended in 2009 enjoy most? "It was all very good. I loved the addition of the speakers this year." "Talking to others and exchanging experience and ideas." "The best part was the people we met, and the sense of solidarity the event gave us."

When: 09.30 – 18.00 hours, Saturday 27 November 2010
Where: Congress Centre, TUC, Great Russell Street, London WC1
Who: Any female BECTU member who wants to learn more about what BECTU can do for women and how more women can become involved.
How: For more information, or to reserve your place, contact Lesley Burt on 020 7346 0920 or email Lesley on  

Frequently Asked Questions:

Will BECTU pay my travel and expenses?  BECTU will pay the costs of travel to the conference; we will also pay for a hotel if you need to stay the night before due to a long journey.
Is there any cost for the conference?  There is no cost for the conference. 
Will lunch be provided?  Lunch and refreshments throughout the day will be provided. You will be asked whether you have any special requirements nearer the time.
I don't know my work schedule for that date; can I register nearer the time?  Yes, although all final registrations need to be received two weeks before the conference. 
Do I have to be a BECTU member to take part?  Yes! 
Do I have to be a BECTU rep to take part?  No, we welcome all female BECTU members, whether you have been involved in BECTU activity in the past, or whether you're new to BECTU and want to find out more.
Do you provide childcare facilities? We pay a fixed childcare allowance to help with attendance.
Who should register to take part?  Any woman new to BECTU who wants to be more involved. Any woman who has taken part in BECTU activity. We also welcome women who have attended the conference in previous years.



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