Some of you may remember last year’s disastrous decision by UNISON’s National Delegate Conference (NDC) to reject an amendment in support of believing women who report male violence perpetrated against them: here’s a link to the piece I wrote at the time – UNISON Conference and the vote against women.
As you can see from that piece, a number of us who’d been involved in crafting the amendment went away from last year’s conference deflated but determined to bring the issue back this year. Indeed, the piece I’ve linked to ends:
“But rest assured, all of us who were involved in pushing for the amendment are conscious of how we fucked up, and we’re already making plans for how we get it back to next year’s conference. We know there’s work we need to do in the interim to raise levels of political awareness of the specificity of violence against women and girls, and we’re ready for and committed to doing that.”
And that’s exactly what we have been doing.