Many events happen annually or sometimes more frequently so this page is designed for you to be able to find out what has happened in the past to be able to see what may be of interest in the future and the contacts that are likely to be helpful finding out more information.  As always any questions contact the Branch Office.

Women, Work and Health – 27 & 28 June 2017 @ Guildford – Filling up fast!

This course is aimed at women stewards, branch women and women health and safety reps who would like a broader understanding of women’s health and safety issues. Women Work and Health June 2017 Application form.

Women’s History Part One – 1 day a week – 12, 19 & 26 September 2017 @ Guildford – Non–residential format for 2017!

This course is open to all women members and/or women activists who want to learn about the history of women’s struggle for equality in all sphere’s of life.  As women make up half the population and workplace in the UK, this course focuses on the history of women workers and trade unions and puts into context the relationship between the two, both past and present. Women History Course Part 1 Sept 2017 Application form.

Assertiveness Skills Training – 17-19 October 2017 @Guildford – Applications being taken now!

Assertiveness is the quality of being self-assured and confident without being aggressive and is a skill you can learn.  This course will focus on behaviour types and body language and you will practice using assertive behaviour during the course. Assertiveness Skill Training October 2017 Application form.

Women’s Forum 2017 – 6-8 October 2017, residential event @ Eastbourne – already booking up fast!

The Regional Women’s forum is an annual event organised by the Regional Women’s Committee to give women members and women stewards the opportunity to meet each other, network and share experiences.  With 1 million women members in UNISON, this event inspires, informs and builds confidence of women to become more active in their branches and raise awareness of issues that affect women in the workplace and society.  If you have ever thought about getting involved in the union and make a difference then come along to the Women’s Forum and learn about ‘Women in UNISON’ and how we work together to campaign for change.  The forum is open to all women members. 2017 Regional Women Forum Application form

Oxford International Women’s Festival

Mixed Blessings from a Cambridge Union – Friday 10th March 2017

Venue: County Hall, New rd, OX1 1ND. Free | All welcome | Wheelchair    access    Reflections    from   Professor Elizabeth Anionwu’s memoirs. Elizabeth was born in Birmingham of Irish/Nigerian heritage. Her white unmarried mother had been a student at Cambridge University. Elizabeth spent nine years in Catholic children’s homes. How did she succeed in  life?  For more information: Speaker: Elizabeth Anionwu. Organiser: Debbie Hollingsworth, Unison Oxfordshire County Branch. Contact: 07812 350892 Booking preferred. Email or phone by 9th March.

2017 Women’s Conference

Brighton – 16 – 18 February 2017


Spirit of Women Conferences – The Fawcett Society

The conference will have three themes, which will be explored through a mixture of presentations, panel discussions, interactive workshops, networking and art:

Women’s health and wellbeing – including ending violence against women and girls, healthy relationships, objectification, resilience & positive body image and the role of physical activity and sport in supporting these aims
Women in the economy – including the role of cultural representation of women and girls and education in, closing the gender pay gap and balancing work and family life
Women into public life and political representation – including diversity of participation and voice with a particular focus on disabled women, BAME women, LGBT women, women with caring responsibilities and older and younger women with special emphasis on the role of the media, culture and the voluntary sector

The conferences will be held across two venues: 12th November 2016, 10am-5pm at St Thomas’ Hospital in London which will also feature our members’ AGM, and 19th November 2016, 10am-5pm at The Studio in Manchester, where we will be launching the grants programme.

Key speakers include: 

Dame Jenni Murray, Journalist, broadcaster and presenter of BBC Radio 4’s Women’s Hour
June Eric-Udorie, Journalist
Baroness Jane Campbell, Co-Chair of the All Party Parliamentary Disability Group
Stella Creasy, MP
Kajal Odedre, Senior Campaigns Advisor,
Diana Holland, Assistant General Secretary, UNITE
Caroline Criado Perez, Journalist, broadcaster and campaigner
Esther Bunting, Spirited Bodies

Joeli Brearly, Pregnant then Screwed
Frances Ryan, Guardian journalist
Gail Heath, Manchester Women’s Aid
Becky Olaniyi, Sisters of Frida
Esther Bunting, Spirited Bodies
Jess Phillips, MP


10:00 – 11:00 Arrival, registration and coffee

11:00 – 11:30 Welcome, scene setting and purpose

11:30 – 12:45 Theories of change
Bringing together women who have made change in different ways, through individual, collective and direct action, this panel discussion will explore how we can best go about change.

12:45 – 13:15 Making change in our communities
Delegates will participate in engaging sessions to encourage networking, collaboration and the generation of ideas for how we can each drive forward change in our communities, workplaces or own lives.

13:15 – 14:30 Lunch (and Members’ AGM at the London Conference)

14:30 – 15:30 Interactive Workshops
Delegates will have the opportunity to attend fun, practical and creative workshops focused on how we can use art, networking or social cohesion to make change.

15:30 – 16:45 Questions to our inspirational Change Makers
Our panel of inspiring speakers will reflect on the key issues explored throughout the day and how they have driven change, particularly through breaking down gender stereotypes. Delegates will be encouraged to question our panel and get advice on their own ideas to drive change

16:45 – 17:00 Closing keynote: ‘The power of women and men to generate to change in their communities.’


2016 Women’s History Special Newsletter

Oxford International Women’s Festival 2016

Theme: Women, Austerity, Creativity, Challenge & Transgression

OIWF Programme Application Form 2016

Friday 4th – Monday 14th March 2016:

27th Annual Festival