We are proud to support this event organised together with Tower Hamlets Palestine Solidarity and Jenin Friendship – an apt way to mark International Women’s Month by hearing first-hand from some remarkable Palestinian women themselves.
The women are visiting the UK to raise awareness of the issues faced by Palestinians under the Israeli Occupation. They are guests of Tower Hamlets Jenin Friendship and Camden Abu Dis Friendship.
Speakers: Ibaa Abulayya and Hiyam Elayyan, Director of the Saraya Womens’ and Childrens’ Centre in Jerusalem’s Old City
Jenny Manson, Jewish Voice for Labour
Kiri Tunks, NEU (NUT section)
Chair: Christine Shawcroft
Book launch and discussion with
Peter Purton, author of Champions of Equality
Jane Connor, Lesbian and Gay Support the Miners.
Peter Purton was the TUC’s first LGBT officer. His book, of interest to everyone interested in equality and trade union history, reveals how LGBTtrade union members organised to win recognition, then support, and how trade unions supported the struggles of LGBT communities in Britain and across the world.
This is an inspiring tale, and in the dangerous world of the twenty-first century, it is a warning call to the LGBT community and those supporting it, to wake up to new threats, to remember how past victories were achieved. The labour movement has much potential as an active participant in the unfinished fight for equality, but this book shows the need for mutual engagement to make change possible.