34 years later, we still need safer workplaces, safer schools and safer homes.  At work, women continue to face disproportionate levels of harassment and violence – especially in sectors serving the public. Women who are Black, Indigenous, racialized, 2SLGBTQI+ and/or persons with disabilities are even more likely to be targeted. For some, however, work might be a refuge when there is violence in the home – though far too often those facing domestic violence will continue to receive abusive calls, emails or visits at work.   

As we fight gender-based violence at home and at work, we also need to tackle violence within the labour movement. Too many workers – especially women and workers who experience oppression – have been subjected to violence and harassment in union spaces. Read the report of CUPE’s National Safe Union Spaces Working Group, about the progress we’ve made and the work ahead.

On this day, and every day, we join those across the country demanding an end to gender-based violence everywhere that it occurs.

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