Lynn Hart, Ruth Breslin & Linda Roy
It's International Women's Day today and there are many events taking place throughout the country.
The CWU took the lead and celebrated International Women’s Day by hosting a meeting at headquarters last Thursday where women CWU activists attended from all over the UK. In addition to this there were guest speakers from EAVES Poppy Project and the CWU’s own Grace Mitchell and Jane Loftus offered further inspirational thoughts to the women attending.
The meeting saw Ruth Breslin from EAVES talk about the real exploitative horrors that women face when they are illegally trafficked into the sex industry. Grace Mitchell talked about Female Genital Mutilation and also the Chocolate Campaign highlighting the stomach-turning female circumcision process where women are forcibly taken through the barbaric ritual.
National Equality Officer Linda Roy was very pleased with how the event passed and commented “Our gathering was a special day for the CWU and our women activists and all the speakers contributed to help make it a very memorable day for all our women who travelled down to celebrate International Women’s Day. Until women are treated with dignity all around the world and until the horrible exploitation of women stops we shall continue to highlight these issues to the wider trade union movement”.