Aberdeen Universities UNISON Branch: International Women's Day

Aberdeen Universities UNISON Branch: International Women's Day

This is a past event

Two talks by two women's rights activists who supported the women liberation movement in Aberdeen for many years.

The Aberdeen Universities UNISON Branch would like to invite you to an event celebrating International Women's Day 2023. 


Sandra Macdonald 

Talk Title: A woman’s work is never done: Campaigning for women’s and worker’s rights in Aberdeen over the last fifty years

Biography: Born in Africa, brought up in Aberdeen, Sandra studied at Aberdeen and Strathclyde Universities, working in tourism in the North-East before switching to the oil industry, where she worked for over 30 years. A life-long campaigner for women’s and workers’ rights, Sandra was elected to represent St Machar ward on the city council from 2003 to 2007, where she worked hard to enable local people to have their say on decisions affecting their communities. Sandra is a member of Aberdeen Women’s Alliance, Workers’ Educational Association and Grampian Regional Equality Council. 

Chris Aldred

Talk Title: Dreaming dangerously: Women's Liberation in Aberdeen

Biography: Chris Aldred (Durndell 1970-4) was active in Aberdeen’s women’s liberation groups in the 1970s. Her involvement inspired lifelong work in education, especially adult education and work with communities. She continues to be active in trade unions and contributed to early STUC and TUC initiatives in trade union education for and about women, as well as organising and teaching a range of community-based courses for women.

Chris has recently been working with other activists to produce an exhibition with worm gallery, Castlegate on two decades of Women's liberation in Aberdeen, view the gallery here.

This event is hybrid with the in-person event will be hosted at The Sir Duncan Rice Library, Lower Ground Seminar Room.

The Sir Duncan Rice Library and Online