No to Violence Against Women

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ITF affiliates worldwide have marked the 25th November, UN day for the elimination of violence against women for many years.

Why are we doing this

Women transport workers are experiencing more violence in the workplace and at home as the global recession continues. UN research shows that one in three women suffer from violence during their lives.

2010 has witnessed an increase in ITF affiliates reporting cases of violence against women in transport workplaces, including the horrendous example of Akhona Geveza of SATAWU, who sadly lost her life. See the related news item at the bottom of this page or click here for more information.

Both women and men transport workers are vulnerable to physical and non-physical violence because of the jobs they do. Nevertheless women are vulnerable in different ways, both because they often handle customer relations and because working alone or at night as well as traveling to and from work at night can mean they are in danger from sexually motivated attacks.

ITF unions address workplace violence, and many of the ITF’s affiliated unions have been working on issues of domestic violence, and on ways that those suffering from violence can be given help in the workplace. This includes unions arguing for access to medical support and counseling, as well as ensuring confidentiality of cases and sympathetic handling of requests for time off work, where necessary.

What can you do

View ITF affiliates activities 2010 and 2009

Let us know about your activities and send us relevant photographs, images or news clippings for posting on the ITF website by completing the online form here or contact us at

The ITF has produced pocket size calendars and white ribbons with anti-violence messages, available in English, French and Spanish.  See order form here and contact us at

Download ITUC  'Say no to violence' postcards here

Download the 'Say no to violence' graphics used on the web banner and use in your unions journal or e-mail header etc. Click here to download.

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