PAMs President Ann Selin in Liverpool: “Women make it happen”
The women’s conference in Liverpool, which Ann Selin is opening up, coincides with the 100th anniversary of women’s suffrage in the UK.
In the opening ceremony speech at UNI World Women’s Conference 14th June, President Ann Selin emphasized the role of women in work life. Women are half of the world’s population, and UNI represents 10 million women. During the two-day-conference topics like the future world of work and violence against women are being discussed by union delegates from all continents.
“Women fight against all forms of discrimination – in general and at the workplace – and are dedicated to improve the lives and working conditions of workers everywhere”, Ann Selin stated in her speech in Liverpool. Selin pointed out that, women ‘Make it happen!’
The women’s conference in Liverpool coincides with the 100th anniversary of women’s suffrage in the UK. This Selin highlighted in her speech.
“It is only proper that we are here in Liverpool and will work together to break divisive barriers created by the inequalities that riddle women’s world. Topics of great importance, such as violence against women, gender balance, the future world of work and the Mentoring Program, will be discussed”, she summed up the conference.
UNI Global launched a Mentoring Program in 2013 and it has proven to be an effective way to organize more women, particularly young ones, in trade union work.
“With the programme, we can enable the growth of a new strong generation that can influence the working conditions of women in the services sectors all over the world”, she mentioned.
The story of Ann Selin
In her opening speech, Selin also opened up her own personal story.
“Each of us has a story to tell and each of us has battled fights no man will ever know. We can, and we should be proud of all the things we have accomplished”, she continued.
Selin reminisced that, over the years she had almost every possible job, there was in the union.
“I was really lucky to find something that was so in line with my own values at the age of 15. I got opportunities to take on new tasks in a speedy manor in the Commercial workers union, and by taking on new positions the responsibilites grew”.
In year 2002 there were three candidates for PAM’s president – all females – and Ann Selin was one of them. Now looking back at her career, Selin expressed her appreciation for all the support she has had over the years by praising her fellow supporters.
“I feel, I have been so fortunate and privileged to have had the opportunity to serve my members and the Finnish society as well as the international community. I hope I have managed to support others and will do my best to do so in the future as well”.
Earlier in May, Selin announced that she will not be looking for re-election next year at union PAM’s congress. An era of 16 and half years as a president of a large union will come to an end next June. Therefore, she will also be stepping down as president of UNI Global Union after the congress on 20th June, but she will keep working with UNI in other ways.
“I will not be retiring, but my time as president of my union will end”, she said.
Here you can read Ann Selin's whole speech.
UNI Global Union’s World Women’s Conference is held in Liverpool 14-15th June. Further information is found on the conference’s home page. The Women’s Conference will be followed by the UNI Global Union’s World Congress 17-20th June, where a new President will be elected for UNI Global. Read more here.