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International Women’s Day 2017 – 8 March

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International Women’s Day is recognised, celebrated and supported by thousands of organisations and individuals across the world.

  • About the campaign

    Four ways to increase the global power of women transport workers on IWD 2017

    1. Complete and circulate the Equality Testing Research on 8 March

    a.Distribute the worker survey to transport workers and encourage all responses to be completed by 8 August. (Currently available in Arabic, French, English, Hindi, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish and Swedish.  Bengali, Bulgarian and Thai coming soon.)

    b.Completing and sharing the supplementary questionnaire for union reps and officials, also by 8 August. (Currently available in Arabic, French, English, Hindi, Portuguese, RussianSpanish and Swedish. Bengali, Bulgarian and Thai coming soon.)

    2. Work with your national centre on the ILO questionnaire

    Listen here (English only) to Chidi King, ITUC Equality Director explain why the ITUC want transport trade unions to work with national centres to prepare their responses to the ILO questionnaire before September 2017.

    3. Download the Take Action Toolkit
    On the 25th of November 2016 we launched the first version of the ITF End Violence Against Women Transport Workers ‘Take Action Toolkit’ which is available in Arabic, English, French, Russian and Spanish, as a practical support tool to help with organising, bargaining and campaigning. We have now added even more to this popular resource and will be launching the second version on IWD 8th March here.

    4. Help us get the word out
    Visit our blog here on ending violence against women transport workers, and subscribe to our ILO Convention campaign newsletter. Find us on Facebook, and follow our Twitter feed using #ITFwomen hashtag, for sharable content to support our campaign for an ILO Convention.

    For the ITF family it is about helping to secure rights for women, and raise their visibility and participation in the union movement and the transport industry.

    It’s an opportunity for unions all over the world - men and women - to stand together and shine a light on the issues facing women transport workers in every sector and the action being taken to fight for justice and equality.

    This year the 8 March focus for the ITF is supporting and encouraging affiliates to participate in two exciting areas of work; the ITF ‘Equality testing in transport research’ and the campaign for an ILO Convention on violence and harassment against women and men in the world of work.

    Equality Testing Research

    Over the past decade, the transport industry has been significantly impacted by the global economic crisis, austerity, technology and automation. In order to develop a global understanding of the scope and impact of these and other factors on gender (in)equality in transport workplaces, the International Transport Workers’ Federation is conducting ‘Equality Testing in Transport Research’ which consists of a worker survey and a supplementary questionnaire for union representatives/officials, due to be launched on 8 March.

    The worker survey is aimed at women and men workers employed formally and informally in the transport industry. It will help to describe workers’ perceptions of the scope and the impact of employer policies and practices that promote gender equality and discourage harassment and violence in the workplaces in the transport sector.

    The supplementary questionnaire is aimed at union representatives/officials, and will help to describe their perceptions of the significant issues in their union around gender (in)equality, discrimination and violence. The questionnaire will ask them about union action such as relevant campaigns, as well as employer policies and national laws and/or regulations on these issues.

    We will use this data to develop collective bargaining strategies that will encourage employers to implement more policies and practices that promote gender equality and deter harassment and violence against women in the workplace.  The results will also be a valuable opportunity to provide evidence for the need for an ILO Convention on violence and harassment against women and men in the world of work.

    Participation is voluntary and anonymous.  It is possible in Arabic, English, French, Hindi, Portuguese, Russian Spanish and Swedish and can even be completed on a mobile phone. The research will close on 8 August 2017.

    With your help we can reach the greatest number of workers and union representatives/officials from the most diverse workplaces and deliver a strong piece of research that will benefit union campaigning for all of us.

    ILO Convention campaign

    The ITF is part of an international community working towards an ILO Convention on violence and harassment against women and men in the world of work.  We are fighting for a strong legal instrument that recognises women transport workers as high risk.

    In late March the ILO (International Labour Organisation) will circulate a questionnaire to governments, national trade union centres and employer bodies in order to gather opinion/evidence on what the issues are and what the eventual instrument should look like.  This questionnaire will be a golden opportunity to get the experiences and needs of women transport workers on the table, so we encourage working on the questionnaire with your trade union national centre to make this happen. The International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC) will issue guide responses to trade union national centres.  Click here for the ITUC campaign and briefing tool in Arabic, English, French and Spanish.

    Now would be a great time to make contact with your national centre indicating your willingness to be involved.  Please let us know about any transport related information included in the response by emailing

    Women transport workers whose working lives are shaped by violence are counting on you!


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