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27 February 2010

International Women's Day (8 March) is a global celebration of the economic, political and social achievements of women.

Organisations, governments and women's groups around the world choose different themes each year to reflect global and local gender issues.

Support the TUC's celebration with music, comedy and poetry in the company of Frances O'Grady, Bonnie Greer, Josie Long, Zena Edwards and more ...

One of the themes for 2010 is ‘equal rights, equal opportunities and progress for all’.

IWD has been taking place since the early 1900s when women began to organise for change. You can find out more about the history of IWD, as well as events taking place around the world, at The site includes a display of great images of women compiled by Thomsons Reuters.

Women's TUC

BECTU will be marking the occasion by sending a delegation of seven women to the TUC Women’s Conference in Eastbourne from 10 - 12 March. The annual event is an opportunity for women from TUC-affiliated unions to debate motions put forward by women from across UK industry.

BECTU submitted a proposition centred on women and the threat of the Far Right, which argues that BNP policies are anti-women as well as racist and homophobic; conference organisers have merged the motion with other propositions on the same theme so the debate will bring together the voices of women from several unions in support of the on-going campaign against the Far Right.

Diary date: 27 November

Later this year, on 27 November, BECTU will host its own Women’s Conference, an event which rounds off with support for the Reclaim the Night march that evening.  

BECTU's Women’s Committee draws on the commitment of women from all of the union's divisions and is central to the organisation of the Women’s Conference. Women come together to take part in workshops, to hear guest speakers and to network with other women from across the union.

"The aim is to provide space for a great day in the company of BECTU women and to encourage more women to become active," said Kate Elliott, equality officer.

The Women's Committee is also devising an Equality Pack to help branches and members with policies, procedures, practices and guidelines to promote and embed equality within BECTU. The plan is to launch the resource at the November conference.

Current members of the Women’s Committee, by division, are:

Kate Elliott – BECTU equality officer (email or direct line 020 7346 0908)
Christine Bond – chair RPD
Al Garthwaite – RPD
Jo Livesey – A&E
Kore Pendragon – A&E
Jane Perry – BBC
Arti Dillon - LPD
Heather Squire – LPD
Ysanne Cole - IB.