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International Women's Day

March 08, 2023 at 11:42 AM


This International Women’s Day, CUPE is celebrating women’s union activism.
CUPE women have always been at the forefront of the fight for gender justice, and the past year was no exception. At the bargaining table, through political action, and on the picket lines, women are showing leadership and building solidarity to fight for stronger public services, pay equity and fair wages, and better working conditions.
All women, from all ages and walks of life, have a place in every aspect of Canadian society, including in the economic, social and democratic spheres.
Let’s celebrate the successful women around us, reminding today’s youth and girls that their dream is within reach.
We made progress when the federal and provincial governments finally released a National Action Plan on Gender-Based Violence. Though the plan is disappointing, CUPE women were central in calling for action and we will keep pushing for real solutions to violence and harassment.
We know that tackling gender-based violence means we must fight violence and harassment within our own union as well. CUPE’s Safe Union Spaces Working Group is creating systems to keep all CUPE members safe.
As we fight for women’s rights, we must recognize that all struggles for human rights and justice are interconnected. To achieve justice for all women, we must dismantle all forms of oppression that women face including racism, transphobia, ableism, homophobia, and colonization.
Check out:
CUPE’s Safe Union Spaces Working Group.
CUPE’s Stop Workplace Sexual Violence guide and pamphlet to raise awareness, support survivors and challenge sexual violence.
CUPE bargaining tools on harassment, domestic violence and other equity issues.
CUPE’s violence prevention kit.
The Native Women’s Association of Canada’s Action Plan.
Spread the word:
Download or order free copies of CUPE’s International Women’s Day poster.