Past Events for Women in UNISON

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.

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

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