Unison women's conference 2010: Anti-fascist organisations must highlight the anti-women views of the BNP as part of their fight to defeat the far-right, delegates have urged. National women's committee speaker Davena Rakin demanded that the labour movement oppose the BNP on an "anti-racist and pro-feminist" platform.
"The BNP's racist views are well known. But we also need to highlight its views on women," she stressed.
In a series of motions, delegates argued that women had a crucial role to play in the fight against the rising threat of fascism. The BNP is militantly against abortion rights, wants to repeal all equalities legislation and some members had described rape as "simply sex" and said that women should be hit regularly "like a gong," conference heard.
Greater London region delegate Louise Cooling, who lives in the BNP stronghold of Barking and Dagenham, called for widespread support to stop party leader Nick Griffin's attempt to become her MP.
"This is not a battle for Barking, this is a battle for Britain," she told delegates gathered in Gateshead.