“Only by standing side by side, not only on International Women’s Day, but every day, can we improve the lives of women in Canada and around the world.” —Elisabeth Ballermann, NUPGE Secretary-Treasurer
International Women's Day
The latest winners in our Why Unions Matter contest remind us that solidarity can be a powerful tool against discrimination and injustice.
Ottawa (08 Mar. 2016) — March 8 is International Women's Day, and the theme for this year is "pledge for parity." The sad truth is that women have not yet achieved parity in the workplace or in politics, but by participaiting in their unions, women from around the world are managing to bridge the gap.
“If we are going to improve the quality of women’s lives and stop the growing income inequality that exists in this country, we have to ensure that women earn equal pay for equal work.” — James Clancy, NUPGE National President
“The theme of this year’s International Women’s Day is ‘Make it Happen,’” says NUPGE National President James Clancy. “With a federal election just months away, Canadians have a unique opportunity to do just that.”
“I am proud of the work my union and the labour movement as a whole has done for women’s rights. Working together with our allies we have truly made major gains for women’s equality,” said James Clancy, NUPGE's National President. “As we celebrate International Women’s Day, let’s join together to end violence against women and better help the victims."