Safety and respect for all women
Celebrating our victories and continuing the fight for equality
On International Women’s Day 2016, the PSAC invites its members to celebrate our many victories and to continue the fight for equality for all women.
Justice for Aboriginal women
A few short weeks after being elected, the Trudeau government announced the launch of a National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls. This decision comes on the heels of years of struggle by Aboriginal women, with the unflagging support of PSAC members.
Fighting violence against women
According to a major survey by the Canadian Labour Congress, more than one out of three working women (37%) will experience domestic violence during their lifetime. Each year, seven per cent of women workers are victims of domestic violence.
Last December, PSAC organized the Women’s Forum on Domestic Violence at Work in order to provide members, elected officials and staff with an opportunity to discuss possible courses of action. Delegates at regional women’s conferences and at the National Health and Safety Conference in 2016 as well as at the National Women’s Conference in 2017 will address this important issue.
We will also continue to work with the Canadian Network of Women’s Shelters and Transition Houses on a national action plan on violence against women.
Fighting for better child care
The implementation of a universal child care system is one of the essential conditions for ensuring full equality for women. In collaboration with its coalition partners, the PSAC is promoting the “Shared framework for building an early childhood education and care system for all.”
With the election of a majority Liberal government, there is now renewed hope that we can move ahead on our agenda. The federal government has started consultations as a first step toward “delivering affordable, flexible and fully inclusive child care.” We urge all PSAC members to lobby all levels of government (federal, provincial, territorial and Aboriginal) to help push this initiative forward.
For 50 years now, our union has been fighting to defend the rights of working women. At the bargaining table, in the courts and through our mobilization efforts, we continue to fight for equality and women’s rights.