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Take action

  • Organize or attend a December 6 event in your workplace or neighbourhood.
  • Bargain and lobby for paid leave and other protections for women facing domestic violence, their situation worsened by COVID-19. See CUPE’s bargaining guide and Canadian Labour Congress resources on domestic violence at work, including a Canadian map of legislated leave. 
  • Tell your MP to implement a national action plan on violence against women, following the call re-issued by Women’s Shelters Canada and other feminists across the country. Among other actions, we call for ratification of ILO Convention C-190, protections for migrant women and asylum seekers and investment in prevention and response services. 
  • Lobby your provincial elected representative for domestic violence measures in occupational health and safety legislation; currently, only Alberta and Ontario have those protections. 
  • Support organizations that support women like Shelter SafeNative Women’s Association of CanadaCanadian Council for Refugees and Migrant Workers Alliance for Change
  • Explore the connections between interpersonal and state sexual violence, and healing for Black survivors, like this Roots and Resistance presentation by Yamikani Msosa.
  • Participate in the Fédération des femmes du Québec’s 12 Days of Action against Violence Against Women and explore their resources.


Many CUPE members and staff across the country work daily to end gender-based violence and to support workers and families affected. On December 6, CUPE applauds your activism, and we re-dedicate ourselves to ending violence against women.