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Women's Issues

November 27, 2017

"Lack of availability of safe and affordable housing is a major barrier for women fleeing violence." — Lise Martin, Executive Director of Women's Shelters Canada

November 22, 2017

“We should be long past the days where we turn a blind eye to women and girls suffering from violence,” — Elisabeth Ballermann, NUPGE Secretary-Treasurer

November 3, 2017

This leaflet describes the need for support of women in communitites across Canada.  It takes stock of the continued inequity faced by women and reflects on the challenges faced by Women's Centres and the services they offer 24/7.  Finally it is a call to recognize the hard work done by staff and the need for government action to support the workers and these services.  

November 2, 2017

In 2013 the National Union's Women's Training Session brought together activists from across the country to discuss two important initiatives:  the Quality of Women's Lives project and the All Together Now! campaign's Women 4 Change.  Throughout the day and half training session, activists heard speakers on life balance/work balance, on the use of social media as well as information on the two initiatives.  During the training session, participants took part in two workshops.  They enthusiastically talked, debated, shared and strategized.  The report of the traini

November 2, 2017

The National Union has a proud history of working for and promoting women's rights and equality.  Aiding the National Union in its work on issues affecting women within Canada and around the world, is its Advisory Committee on Women's Issues (ACWI).  Established in 1976 as the National Union's Human Rights (Women's Rights) Committee, the ACWI has addressed many issues including pay equity, women's leadership, child care, women health, life/work balance and violence against women.  Ever Forward provides an overview of the work done by the National Union and the ACWI over the past de

November 2, 2017

This educational leaflet is designed to promote and strengthen Women's Committees in unions. This leaflet explains that women's committees are an essential factor in reaching our goal of creating stronger unions by empowering individuals and building solidarity. At the same time, women's committees bring us closer to our shared principles of equality, justice and fairness for all. Find out why every union needs an active women's committee by reading this pamphlet.

November 2, 2017

This pamphlet looks at seven facts that affect women and their economic well-being.  These facts include pay inequity, lack of child care and the economic effects of caregiving on women.


November 2, 2017

"Our members in public services — health, social and children’s services, and justice to name a few — are working with families, with victims and with perpetrators. Therefore domestic violence affects all of us, and it is all of our responsibility to participate in its eradication." — Elisabeth Ballermann, NUPGE Secretary-Treasurer

October 3, 2017

The BCGEU/NUPGE was invited to attend a roundtable discussion as part of the federal government's commitment to addressing gender-based violence.

August 3, 2017

“The essential work of our members has been recognized by the commission and they've asked to hear from them directly” — Stephanie Smith, BCGEU President