In her second blog for Women’s History Month Zita looks back on PCS’s recent campaigns on women’s issues and pays homage to the women of the past who have paved the way for today’s women’s movements.
Zita is PCS national vice president with more than 20 years' experience of trade union activism. She is the co-founder and national chair of BARAC UK and an author, writer, poet, artist, curator and vocalist.
Zita welcomes International Women’s Day and PCS Women’s History Month with a tribute to women in our own union and a personal account of barriers that women activists may face.
25 November each year is the UN International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women and is the start of 16 days of activism to end violence against women and girls. It ends with Human Rights Day on 10 December.
On the actual day people are asked to wear orange. #orangetheworld
As we mark World Refugee Day on 20 June, Zita urges us to remember the thousands of people who have lost their lives fleeing climate change, persecution, conflict and poverty and the many more displaced across the world against hostile laws and policies which breach human rights.
For nearly four years Zita been coordinating solidarity and humanitarian aid missions with BARAC UK (Black Activists Rising Against the Cuts) to people who are refugees in northern France.
On the International Day for Elimination of Racial Discrimination she tells us how those trips are fighting racism against the refugees and how the volunteers themselves also suffer racism.
As part of the TUC heartunions week (8-14 February), PCS national executive member Zita Holbourne, a trade union activist with over 20 years’ experience, describes why she joined our union and decided to become active