Women’s Education

With 1 million women members in UNISON, these course are designed to inspire, inform and build the confidence of women.

Our courses are designed to help support more women to become active in their branches, and to work together to campaign for change.

Courses for women

Women’s Officer Passport

If you have recently been elected as the Branch Women’s Officer, you might be wondering what will be expected of you and how you will carry out your new role in your branch.

We have put together a 16-day programme of training which we recommend for all new Branch Women Officers.

Please note, several of these courses are also available to all women members without commiting to the Women’s Passport. For more information, please follow the link below.

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Assertiveness Skills (3 days)

Assertiveness is the quality of being self-assured and confident without being aggressive and it is a skill you can learn. With a bit of practice and training, most people can learn how to become more assertive. This course will focus on behaviour types and body language and you will practice using assertive behaviour during the course.

  • Understanding the meaning of assertiveness and how it differs from passive, aggressive and manipulative behaviour
  • Become familiar with your workplace and personal rights and how to assert them
  • Learn a variety of assertiveness skills, tools and techniques
  • Improve your communication skills, including listening, questioning, body language and rapport building
  • Strategies for dealing with difficult people
  • Feel more confident

Regional Women’s Forum (3 days)

The Regional Women’s Forum is an annual event organised by the regional Women’s Committee to give women members and activists the opportunity to meet, network and share experiences. This event inspires, informs and builds the confidence of women to become more active in their branches and raise awareness of issues that affect women.The Forum is open to all women members.

Women’s History Part 2 (3 days)

This course is only open to women Stewards and members who have completed Part 1. This course will explore in greater detail some of the women’s issues covered in Part 1 and will equip women activists with the knowledge to speak more confidently on women’s discrimination issues.

  • The persistence of gender discrimination in the labour market
  • Feminism- inclusive or exclusive?
  • The prevalence of sexism
  • The rapid expansion of pornogrpaghy and the sexual objectification of women and girls
  • Violence against women
  • UNISON women- how can we make a difference?

Contact information

Vicki Gibbs
Ranger House
Walnut Tree Close