The PSA Women’s Network Biennial National Conference


The biennial PSA Women’s Network conference Stand Together for Equality Tū Ngātahi kia Taurite was held on 28 and 29 July in Wellington.

IMG 6990It was a fantastic and action-packed two days where attendees participated in workshops and networking events on women’s leadership and organising for equality throughout the union movement.

Dr Cybèle Locke delivered an energising keynote about the history of women in the union movement. She highlighted the triumphs, achievements and challenges faced by women – especially Māori women – in getting men to recognise their voices as legitimate. Women have always found creative ways to make themselves heard, and Cybèle’s talk showed this with humour drawn from our movement’s vibrant history.

The workshop sessions on day two allowed attendees to delve deeper into difficult topics. Family Violence is a Workplace Issue ran two highly attended and emotional sessions, reflecting on what the role of an employer should be when dealing with both victims and perpetrators.

Themes of community, solidarity and women’s strength ran through almost every session. Some women who began the conference feeling unsure of themselves and their place in the union movement left as Women’s Network Committee members.

Attendees feelt inspired and uplifted by the experience and recommend that more women take the opportunity to attend future conferences.

To become a member of the Women’s Network, sign up online: visit
www.psa.org.nz/women and click ‘join network’, or join over the phone on 0508 367 772.