CLC’s Barb Byers at UN sessions on violence against women and girls

Barbara Byers, Executive Vice-President of the
Canadian Labour Congress, accompanied a delegation of Canadian
trade union leaders and activists at the annual United Nations
Commission on the Status of Women in New York City beginning on
March 4.

“We want to do everything possible to eliminate and prevent all
forms of violence against women and girls,” Byers says.

Canadian women are among trade union members represented by four
international global union federations, including the International
Trade Union Confederation (ITUC). The union delegation represents
over 70 million women workers from 27 countries around the world.

Byers says, “Our trade union delegation calls on governments,
including Canada’s, to do more to end violence against women and
girls in their respective countries.”

Byers adds that trade union delegates want to see measures to
address violence in the workplace; for women’s economic
independence through decent work; for access to public services to
help victims of violence, and for education measures as a means to
prevent and eliminate violence.

Byers says, “We believe that trade unions should be identified as
important stakeholders in the prevention of violence against women
and girls. Every day and in many countries, we work on behalf of
these women and girls whether or not they belong to unions. It is
their right to live and work in a safe and secure environment.”

Trade union delegates to the Commission on the Status of Women
meetings between March 4 and 15 are reporting on their experience
on the blog and using the Twitter hashtag