The Anna Stewart Memorial Program for 2013 ran for ten days this year commencing on the 5th August.
During the program the participants spent some time with their own unions as well as time with other unions. They were briefed on current issues for women in the workforce, had sessions on Work Health & Safety as well as Worker's Compensation.
They heard from women in politics and women union leaders as well as joining in on a campaign breakfast.
Anna Stewart Memorial Project 2013 Program
Time to Work and Time to Care - 5th to 16th August 2013
Your opportunity to participate in a wonderful learning experience.
The Anna Stewart Memorial Project is an annual work experience program aimed at increasing women’s active union involvement, their skills and knowledge. The project was established in recognition of Anna Stewart, a long time campaigner for women’s rights and prominent union official who died tragically in 1983.
For 8 days in August, I was very fortunate to be a participant in the Anna Stewart Memorial Program. The program was very full but each and every session was interesting and inspiring.
I learnt that women in leadership positions in politics and the union movement had never aspired to those positions but rather took them on after experiencing life in the workplace and seeing that changes needed to be made.
Over 70 women came along to support the very first Women’s Conference on Friday 3 May in Hobart. Women representing 16 affiliated unions attended with a great mix of activists, delegates and union staff. We had inspiring speakers such as ACTU President Ged Kearney and speakers who really challenged our thinking such as Nina Funnell. Women also had a chance to share the issues of importance to them around the theme of Time to Work and Time to Care. Looks like we might need to plan for another one in 2014!! Thanks to everyone for their support
President, Unions Tas
To mark Equal Pay Day 2010 the Unions Tasmania Women's Committee organised a brunch for fifty people at the Royal Botanical Gardens in Hobart with Tasmania's new Anti-Discrimination Commissioner, Robin Banks as guest speaker.
Equal Pay Day marks the date on which women's annual earnings reach the same as men's in the previous financial year. The unacceptable pay gap between Australian women and men is widening with full-time working women earning 18% less than men in the last financial year.
Over 60 community members from across Southern Tasmania came together at a morning tea held by Unions Tasmania in partnership with Zonta on 25th November 2011.
The event was held to raise awareness and important funds for White Ribbon in its campaign to prevent violence against women in our community and encourage others to do the same.
Amongst those that made the oath: "I swear never to commit, excuse or remain silent about violence against women," were:
The Hon. David O'Byrne MP
Graeme Sturges MP
The Hon. Will Hodgman, Leader of the Opposition
Lord Mayor Damon Thomas
Secretary of Unions Tasmania, Kevin Harkins
Chief Officer Mike Brown, Tas Fire Service
Neil Cassidy, CEO, Tasplan
John Short, Secretary, AMWU
Ansumana Koroma, DPAC
Tom Lynch, Secretary, CPSU SPSFT
Kelvin Michael, President, NTEU
The Unions Tasmania Women's Committee is made up of women from Unions affiliated with Unions Tasmania and is convened by Unions Tasmania President Roz Madsen. Each affiliated union may nominate 2 formal representatives to participate in the Committee. The Committee meets monthly at Unions Tasmania.
* The goals of this Committee are to:
- Raise issues relevant to women workers in Tasmania, nationally and internationally.
- To encourage the participation of women in the union movement.
- Co-ordinate and participate in projects of particular interest to women workers.
- Aim to ensure that the activities/strategies and work of Unions Tasmania incorporates women and issues relevant to them.
- Build mutually beneficial networks with women unionists and women's groups.
- Recognise and celebrate women's achievements.
- Achieve positive industrial and social outcomes for women via an integrated campaign approach.
A report produced by the University of Tasmania, and commissioned by Unions Tasmania was launched on International Women's Day 2011.
ARE YOU OK WITH THAT?
Women do 70% of the world's work, yet receive 10% of the world's income and own just 1% of the means of production.
One in four Australian women will be sexually assaulted in their lifetime.
On average Tasmanian women working full time get $140.10 a week less than men.
Domestic violence is the leading contributor to death, disability and illness for women aged 15 to 44.
ARE YOU OK WITH THAT?
A postcard campaign that asks these questions has been launched by the Minister for Health, Michelle O'Byrne, on 8 March 2011, to mark the 100th anniversary of International Women's Day.
The Are You OK With That? campaign was developed in partnership with the Tasmanian Council of Social Service, Women's Legal Service, Yemaya Women's Support Service, Unions Tasmania and the Tasmanian Women's Health Program, Department of Health and Human Services Tasmania, and highlights the staggering rates of violence and inequities experienced by women in Australia and around the world.