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End violence against women UN day 2015

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Violence against women isn’t going away. Reports of incidents of physical, emotional, psychological and sexual abuse against women are more frequent than ever from ITF affiliates; experiences of women in their workplace but also in their homes and communities.

  • About the campaign

    We need a collective, strategic union response to violence against women because, as unions, we have a collective responsibility to take action that will help to end it.

    UN day for the elimination of violence against women on 25 November is an opportunity to take action on this issue and show support for other organisations that share our views and vision for a society without VAW.

    There are a number of key values which underpin 25 November. These are that:

    • Violence against women is a human rights violation
    • Violence against women is a consequence of discrimination against women, in law and also in practice, and of persisting inequalities between men and women
    • Violence against women impacts on, and impedes, progress in many areas, including poverty eradication, combating HIV/AIDS, and peace and security
    • Violence against women and girls is not inevitable. Prevention is possible and essential
    • Violence against women continues to be a global pandemic.

    Find out more about the campaign which is now in its sixteenth year.

    We have to take action to end violence against women now. There are four things you can do to back November 25 and be part of the union response to violence against women:

    1. Share your story: We want to build a body of evidence that demonstrates the kind of challenges women transport workers face around violence in their daily lives. We also want to promotethe work you're doing and the successes you've had in overcoming these challenges. Email your story to women@itf.org.uk Stories can be shared anonymously.

    2. Orange your workplace: Like this! This is ITF staff oranging their workplace. Do the same on 25 November and share your pictures by emailing women@itf.org.uk or on social media with #ITFwomen #violenceagainstwomen #orangeday and don’t forget to tag @itfglobalunion

    3. Use this as the start or next step of a violence against women campaign where you are or to highlight an ongoing campaign or issue that's important to you: Use promotion and activities around 25 November as part of your own union campaign around violence against women. Go to the campaign materials area for resources and examples. Send details about your launch activities and anything you’ve got planned to women@itf.org.uk

    4. Continue to support the campaign to put gender based violence at work into international law: The ITUC (International trade union confederation) is campaigning for an International Labour Organization convention on gender based violence at work to raise the profile and offer protection. Find out more on what you can do to support.

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Sheela Naikwade

1158 Days Ago
Women and men MSTKS activists working on state owned buses in Maharashtra India will be coming together with activists from other transport unions, passenger unions and other community organisations for a large rally in Mumbai to launch our campaign for the safety of women workers and passengers. Our rally will be addressed by the police deputy commissioner who is also a woman, we have arranged some street theatre on violence against women to engage members of the public, and we will pass a resolution on the next steps of our campaign to win management action. We will not only be oranging our workplace but oranging the streets of Mumbai to raise our collective voice about violence against women on the bus; the most unsafe public space for women in India. Zero tolerance!
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Kona Vishnu

1161 Days Ago
The affiliates of National Federation of Indian Railwaymen (NFIR) will observe UN day for the elimination of Violence Against Women on 25 November 2015. In the wake of murderous attack on Sister Nermin Al-Sharif near near Benghazi, Libya all our affiliates will stand in Support of Sister Nermin Al-Sharif and condemn the cowardly act and request the Govt in Libya through ITF to safeguard all the women transport workers in Libya. No force on this earth can silence the Workers Voice. LONGLIVE WORKERS UNITY, LONGLIVE, LONGLIVE
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