IWD 2020 (Sun, 8th March) – Celebrating women across the globe!

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The branch will be holding a stall in the refectory reception area of LUU, from 12-2pm on Friday, 6th March. There are lots of reasons to come along, including:

· Women’s Rights Tombola – Pick out a hard won right and guess when it happened by pinning it to our timeline – great prizes to be won!

· Find out more about the achievements of women and women’s TU campaigns throughout history

· Ask how UNISON can help you in the workplace

· Opportunity to recruit new members (forms available on the day) – please bring along anyone who may be interested

· Get inspired to get active!

There will also be a prize draw which as a member you can enter in a variety of ways:

· Participate in our tombola activity

· Bring a prospective new member to sign up on the day (entry for you and the new member)

· Bring a donation* of sanitary items and nappies (preferably sizes 4,5,6) for the Trussell Trust, South and East Leeds Food Bank

1st Prize – £100 of Spa vouchers from Spabreaks.com (accessible spas available)

2nd Prize – £50 Love2Shop vouchers

3rd Prize (x 2) – Unison UoL Branch Re-usable Coffee Cups

*If you would like to make a donation but are unable to make it to the stall on the day, you may arrange to drop items at the branch office (please email unison@leeds.ac.uk).

The cut-off date for entries into the prize draw via provision of donations is 2pm, Friday 13th March.

Prize winners will be notified via email.

Why the Trussell Trust for International Women’s Day?

Women are disproportionately affected by austerity measures, implemented by the government, and single mothers in particular bear the brunt of this.
The child poverty figures in some metropolitan areas around Leeds, including Bradford, stand at 50%. Young women have been missing school because they are unable to afford sanitary protection – though now in part helped by a successful campaign by Freedom4Girls. As a consequence of poverty, single mothers have resorted to shop-lifting in order to provide for their children (see image below). The judicial system is not kind to women and it would be easy for these women and their children to become stuck in a cycle of poverty.

So, whilst we lobby nationally for change via TUs, campaign groups etc. there are small things that we can be doing locally to lift the burden for those who need support. Please give generously.

Katie Moore, Workplace Representative in SES | Women’s Officer, University of Leeds Branch

E: k.l.moore@leeds.ac.uk