Women’s Issues

International Women’s Month

We’ve come a long way but we’re not there yet! Toronto, ON – Ask any Canadian IAM sister what she wants her union to obtain for all women in Canada and she will give you a very thorough answer. How about job security and protection through the elimination of outsourcing? Or the guarantee that all persons have the right to employment which provides for dignity and respect within their communities

Kelley attends United Nations Status of Women Conference

New York, NY – The 62nd United Nations Status of Women Conference begins this week and runs through until March 23rd at the UN headquarters in New York City. The Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) is the principal global intergovernmental body exclusively dedicated to the promotion of gender equality and the empowerment of women. This week, Heather Kelley, IAM Grand Lodge Representative for Women’s Issues and Human Rights,

It’s International Women’s Day!

Toronto, ON – International Women’s Day is annually held on March 8 to celebrate women’s achievements throughout history and across nations. It is also known as the United Nations (UN) Day for Women’s Rights and International Peace. It is a day when women are recognized for their achievements without regard to divisions, whether national, ethnic, linguistic, cultural, economic or political. “At least for one day, it highlights the work performed

23 Days of Action to Stop Gender-Based Violence

35% of women – 818 million women globally – over the age of 15 have experienced sexual or physical violence at home, in their communities or in the workplace. (Source: World Health Organisation) THE CAMPAIGN There can be no decent work with violence at work. Yet there is still no law at the international level that sets a baseline for taking action to eradicate violence and harassment. Gender-based violence remains

One Billion Rising - The 2018 Campaign

THE 2018 CAMPAIGN ONE BILLION RISING REVOLUTION 2018: “SOLIDARITY” RISE! RESIST! UNITE! Once again, the theme of SOLIDARITY remains the focus of One Billion Rising 2018. We are coming into a time defined by a fierce escalation of fascist, imperialist, neo-liberal attacks on the lives of people around the world. And the most marginalized – working class, minority and women on the margins in every part of the globe –

Across the country Canadians join global women’s marches

Toronto, On – We’re back, more determined than ever and popping up in more places than last year – we’re speaking of the second coordinated round, of Women’s protest marches. In 38 communities across Canada, women demonstrated to proclaim messages of inclusion, equality and empowerment. Last year it was in response to Donald Trump’s boasts of sexual misconduct and his divisive policies that fueled the movement. This year it was

December 6: National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women

Canada remembers the 14 female engineering students who were murdered at l’École Polytechnique de Montréal on December 6, 1989 by an act of gender-based violence. We also commemorate the missing and murdered Aboriginal women, the trans-women and each and every woman in Ontario and across the world whose lives have been harmed or lost to gender-based violence. The 14 women at l’École Polytechnique de Montréal, were killed in a gender-based

Celebrate Women's History Month - October

October is Women’s History Month in Canada! It’s a time for Canadians to celebrate the achievements of women and girls throughout our history and recognize the trailblazing women who have shaped our country and way of life. Make your mark When women and girls bring their passion, energy and talents to everything they do, there is no stopping them! Looking back over the past 150 years since Confederation, countless women

Tunisia: comprehensive new law on violence against women

2 August 2017 On July 26, the Tunisian Parliament unanimously adopted a comprehensive law addressing all forms of violence against women, psychological and economic violence as well as physical. The law, the first of its kind in North Africa, mandates treatment for the victims and highlights the fundamental importance of education in support of the principles of human rights and gender equality. With the adoption of this law, Tunisia has

2017 International Women’s Day

On March 8, the world will celebrate International Women’s Day, a day to mark the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women. The day also calls for actions to be taken to address the unresolved issue of gender parity. Women are playing an ever increasing and meaningful role in our Union at all levels. The IAM is stronger when all united voices are at the bargaining table. There are