November 12th 2013

School students from Forfar Academy, Forfar, and Hazelhead Academy in Aberdeen, joined delegates at the Scottish Trades Union Congress (STUC) Women’s Conference today in Dundee. Two of the students made short speeches to Conference on the theme of ‘Women and Work – Our Future in Scotland’.

Eilidh Collins (Forfar Academy) said:

“We are battling attitudes and objectification. Let’s inspire young women to dream big. For my future – this is not who is going to let me, but who is going to stop me”.

Stephanie Welsh (Hazelhead Academy) said:

“Equality is not about being the same, but about being valued in the same way. Women should not be undervalued if they are not in paid work – look how much unpaid work women do”.

Eileen Dinning, UNISON Scotland, Chair, STUC Women’s Committee, congratulated the speakers on their contributions and welcomed all the school students to Conference. Eileen said:

“The ‘Unions into Schools’ Project successfully brings young people and trade unionists together, learning from each other, and preparing for future employment. We are delighted to have had the opportunity to be part of that ongoing Project today”.


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