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CSP backs women’s rights

8 March 2013 - 10:26am

On International Women’s Day, the CSP is gearing up to defend women’s rights at the TUC Women’s Conference next week.

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Women physiotherapy staff played a leading role at the CSP's annual representative conference in Manchester this week. Photo: Gabriel Szabo/Guzelian

CSP director of employment relations and union services Lesley Mercer was a keynote speaker at a TUC event held to mark International Women’s Day event on Thursday night.

Ms Mercer, who is also currently TUC president, spoke at the event at Congress House in London alongside Jalila al-Salman of the Bahraini Teachers Union and Suzanne McCarthy from the Ethical Trading Initiative.

TUC Women’s Conference

Meanwhile, the annual TUC Women’s Conference is held from 13-15 March, also at Congress House, under the theme of ‘Organise and mobilise’.

The conference will debate a range of motions on gender equality and women in the workplace.

The CSP has submitted an emergency motion on older women and the ‘Age Immaterial’ campaign; highlighting the pay gap faced by women in their 50s against men of the same age; and will ask delegates to support the TUC’s campaign to look at issues facing older women from pay to caring responsibilities, discrimination and health.

It is also moving a motion on lack of representation of women in public life and on women and regional pay in the public sector. The society will second a motion on childcare as a problem predominantly affecting women.

Keynote speakers

Alongside debates and discussion, keynote speakers at the event include former minster for women and equality Harriet Harman MP and TUC General Secretary Frances O’Grady.

International Women's Day is held annually on 8 March to celebrate the economic, political and social achievements of women.

Thousands of events are planned to mark the day around the world, with over 400 events registered as taking place in the UK.

To see more on International Women’s Day and TUC Women’s Conference, visit the links below.

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