Gender equity: Why women’s mentorship matters

PSAC’s Gender Equity Task Force was created to examine women’s representation on all leadership bodies within the union. In response to their findings, the task force developed a report with recommendations to help pave the way to a more inclusive and united PSAC.

A key finding was that women continue to face major barriers to participating in their union. Consultations with women members across the country indicated an overwhelming need for ongoing support, guidance and mentorship for women who hold or are interested in leadership positions.

As a result of this feedback, the task force recommended the creation of a women’s mentorship program that will connect women members who are seeking skills or knowledge to further their union activism with women who already have those skills and knowledge.

In this video, PSAC Atlantic Regional Executive Vice-President Colleen Coffey, who is also responsible for PSAC’s women’s portfolio, shares what mentorship means to her.

Read the Gender Equity Task Force report to find out more about how we are making our union more inclusive.

This video is part of a series developed for PSAC’s National Women’s Conference, September 23-26, 2021. The conference brings together women activists from across the country to network and learn from each other, so they can fight for a more equitable future.

September 23, 2021