The GMB Regional Women’s Network hosted the GMB Women’s Conference at Quaker Meeting House in October 2019, it was the 19th Women’s Conference. A full day packed with interesting speakers and workshop activities, this event just goes from strength to strength.
Organised by the regions women’s network, this event is aimed at the women members in the GMB union and looks to tackle issues that affect them most. Lorraine Winsons and Dougie Henry opened the day and chaired the conference, while Lisa Ryan and Kerry Nash took to the stage through the day.
Ann O’Byrne – Anera Refugees
Claire Essame – Centre 56
Lorraine Winson – Inspirational Women
Lisa Ryan – Awarded the Women’s Beacon Award to Claire Throssell
Barbara Plan – My Palestine Experience
Lisa Ryan – Congress Explained
Ann O’Byrne – How to Become Politically Active
Anera, addresses the development and relief needs of refugees and vulnerable communities in Palestine and Lebanon. Ann visited and is creating links with the GMB union to provide support for the women there, helping them become more self-sufficient.
Centre 56, is a domestic abuse charity in North Liverpool. They provide domestic abuse support for families and children. Providing childcare, information and support for families who have suffered, or are at risk of suffering from, domestic abuse or a crisis situation.
Barbara Plant visited Palestine and shared her experience with the conference.
The first-ever ward of the GMB North West & Irish Region Women’s Beacon Award was presented to Claire Throssell for her work with IDAS Independent Domestic Abuse Services, after the tragic loss of her two sons Jack(12) and Paul(9).
Please contact Kerry Nash, Kerry.Nash@gmbactivist.co.uk for more information on the Regions Women’s Network. The core group meet once a month, while general members meet every three months and of course once a year for the Women’s Conference.