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.
- Organize or attend a December 6 event in your workplace or neighbourhood.
- Take the pledge committing to a safer, more inclusive CUPE.
- Use CUPE’s Stop Workplace Sexual Violence guide to raise awareness, support survivors and challenge sexual violence.
- Download and share CUPE’s Violence Prevention Kit.
- Bargain for paid leave and other protections for workers facing domestic violence. See CUPE’s Domestic Violence and the Workplace Bargaining Guide and the CLC’s Domestic Violence at Work Resource Centre.
- Support organizations like women’s shelters, the Native Women’s Association of Canada, the Canadian Council for Refugees, Migrant Workers Alliance for Change, or the Canadian Centre for Gender and Sexual Diversity.
- Read the Final Report of the National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls and support the work of the Native Women’s Association of Canada to challenge this genocide. Help CUPE hold governments and our own union to account on implementing the calls to justice.