Women’s Issues

Women’s March on Washington

34 cities, towns and villages from coast to coast to coast in Canada held rallies this past weekend in support of women’s rights and other important causes. In Toronto, where the largest Canadian march was held, more than 60,000 women and their allies converged on Queen’s Park, the Ontario legislature as part of the worldwide movement. The marches were held on 21 January, 2017 and millions of women across the

#WhyWeMarch

Tuesday, January 17, 2017   By Barb Byers and Marie Clarke Walker     On Saturday, January 21, 2017, people of all genders, ages, races, abilities, backgrounds, and orientations will take part in the Women’s March on Washington and solidarity marches in more than 380 cities around the world. Barb will be marching in Vancouver, Marie will be in Toronto, and we wanted to tell you more about why we’re

Millions of Canadians want a national conversation on violence against women. Are all of our parliamentarians up for the debate?

November 25, 2014     Today is the United Nations International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, which kicks off 16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence. The IAM thinks there is a need for our parliamentarians to get involved, the issue should be Up for Debate!      Following the launch of the Up For Debate campaign, two federal party leaders came out publically in support of

***IMPORTANT*** Domestic Violence in the Canadian Workplace

  LETTER OF INFORMATION   Introduction   You are invited to participate in a survey conducted by the Women’s Committee of the Canadian Labour Congress in partnership with researchers at the University of Western Ontario (Western). Barb MacQuarrie is the Community Director at the Centre for Research & Education on Violence against Women & Children (CREVAWC) in the Faculty of Education at Western; Dr. Nadine Wathen is an Associate Professor,

Equal Pay Day • 16 April • Take Action

  Equal Pay Day • April 16 TAKE ACTION! Why an Equal Pay Day? Although pay equity is the law in Ontario, women, on average, earn 31% less than men. This pay gap affects women of all ages and education levels. Women are often paid less, even when their skill, effort, responsibility and working conditions are similar to men’s. Women of colour, Aboriginal women and women with disabilities face the

Shelter Voices - A day in the life of Canada’s shelters for women survivors of abuse

This first pan Canadian annual survey gives us insight into a typical day in the life of women’s shelters and transition houses across the country, bringing us the voices of the women on the front-lines. Shelter workers from 242 shelters responded to our call. Shelters in all provinces and territories, with the exception of Nunavut, participated in the survey. Shelter Voices aims to shine light on the issue of violence

2014 International Women's Day

  Whether you are involved in “One Billion Rising” events to recognize the harm done to society when Women and Girls face violence or “The Sisters in Spirit” vigils being held at this time to remember the missing Aboriginal Sisters we as Women still have much to do to ensure that each of our Sisters have the ability to Speak Out, Speak Up and Be Heard.   The Labour Movement

Equal Pay Day • April 9 • TAKE ACTION!

Equal Pay Day • April 9 • TAKE ACTION! In Ontario, women are “in the red” because they continue to earn on average 28 percent less than men for work of equal value. This wage gap is even more stark for racialized women, women with disabilities and Aboriginal women. The Ontario Federation of Labour is working with the Ontario Equal Pay Coalition to change that. We are raising awareness about

When work becomes a sexual battleground

  The ILO is highlighting the issue of sexual harassment in the workplace – an often subtle but disturbing form of aggression. Feature | 06 March 2013   GENEVA (ILO News) – Sisandra, 28, understands all too well the impact of sexual harassment in the workplace.   As a telecommunications technician in Durban, South Africa, she works in a male-dominated environment.   “My executive manager came to the office and