Gender equality

“Women hold up half the sky – get used to it.” That message, painted on a sign at a demonstration, tells only half the story. In many ways, women do more than their share: caring for the next generation and elderly parents, household duties, and contributing economically. Women are more than equal in the responsibilities they assume. This must be matched with political, economic and social equality.

#TaxJustice for Women’s Rights!

09 February 2017
Tax justice for women's rights

Join the #TaxJustice for Women’s Rights Global Days of Action campaign from 8-24 March 2017. Let’s take action to advance tax justice for women’s rights!

Women Power Unions: Global Trade Union UNCSW Preparatory meeting (New York)

06 December 2016

Trade union representatives to attend Global Union/FES meeting in New York to develop strategy for upcoming UN Commission on the Status of Women (UNCSW61), the principal global intergovernmental body dedicated to the promotion of gender equality and the empowerment of women.

Saving Lives Needs Safety!

27 November 2016

25 November - International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women.

Trade unions are struggling to end violence at the workplace and in society. We stand for peaceful solutions, a culture of dialogue based on the human right to health, peace and social protection. In all countries, we need a strong commitment from governments to address the deeply rooted causes of violence against women: inequality and discrimination.

Tackling gender-based violence in the world of work – experiences in the health sector

25 November 2016
Photo: Wikipedia - Creative Commons
At its May 2016 meeting, PSI’s World Women’s Committee (WOC) agreed that a high priority area of work is workplace violence in the health sector. The WOC also agreed that the experiences of affiliates in raising awareness and developing campaigns and actions to eliminate workplace violence will contribute to the discussions and preparation for developing an ILO standard (convention and recommendations) on violence against women and men at work. The case studies were prepared in August 2016 as part of PSI’s contribution to the ILO tripartite experts meeting held during the period October 3-6 in Geneva.

ILO: towards a standard against violence and harassment in the world of work

24 November 2016

On 7 November, the ILO Governing Body unanimously endorsed the work and conclusions by a group of experts on the issue of violence in the world of work, and requested the Office to prepare the first standard-setting discussion by the International Labour Conference in June 2018.

7 October - For the World Day of Decent Work, PSI launches campaign for women’s economic empowerment

05 October 2016

Around 70 women representing 22 countries from PSI's Asia Pacific region will launch, during APRECON in Japan, what is being called the "Fukuoka Statement". With the slogan “Unions at the core of women’s economic empowerment in the changing world of work”, the document will serve as a roadmap towards the UNCSW61.

No Gender Justice without Tax Justice

07 September 2016

PSI organised a two-day workshop with the participation of leading trade union and NGO gender and tax experts at the UNISON offices, in London, 30 June-1 July 2016. The activity aimed at strengthening the international debate about tax and highlighting the gender perspective.

South Korea: Survey finds hospitals are still a blind spot for maternity protection

05 September 2016
KHMU photo

PSI affiliate, KHMU carried out a survey in Spring 2016 of the working of conditions of healthcare workers and found that the shortage of nurses leads to a pregnancy rotation system (8.4%) and miscarriages or stillbirths (2.9%).

Health Services Workers' Union of Ghana commemorates its 50th anniversary

17 July 2016
Photo: Rita Arthur

Under the theme ''50 years of organizing: consolidating the gains for greater prospects", HSWU held on the same ocasion its 11th quadrennial delegates conference in Kumasi, on 28-30 June, at the Great Hall of the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST).

Canada: MP committee falls short on pay equity plan

06 July 2016
Mind the Gender Pay Gap - Photo: Mike Licht - Creative Commons - http://www.flickr.com/photos/notionscapital/5297085447
Photo: Mike Licht - Creative Commons

PSI affiliate, the Canadian Union of Public Employees, Canada’s largest union, is calling on Parliament to adopt a federal pay equity law that will close the persistent gap in how women and men are paid for work of equal value.

CUPE says the time frame recommended by an MPs’ committee on pay equity doesn’t move quickly enough in addressing discrimination against women workers.

Available in Spanish and English PSI Brazil's guide on violence against women in the workplace

01 June 2016

The publication presents the problem and calls unions to combat and prevent violence. It should be used as an information, capacity building, and mobilization tool for women and men in the fight against sexist violence in the workplace.

NLC joins global action to commemorate two years of the abduction of the Chibok girls

18 April 2016
Bring Back Our Girls

The Nigerian Labour Congress (NLC), the umbrella organisation for trade unions in Nigeria, joined hands from 8-14 April 2016 during the global week of action to demand for the safe return of the abducted Chibok school girls. Public Services International’s eight Nigerian unions are affiliated to the NLC.

Caribbean SUBWOC: Raising the bar

29 March 2016

Women trade union leaders and activists from the Caribbean met in Guyana to review their work over the past year and develop plans for 2016/17. Committee members celebrated their various achievements over the year, while recognising that there is much more work to do.

Arab women & the right to peace

18 March 2016
Arab women

On 18 March, during the 60th session of the Commission on the Status of Women, PSI & WILF/MADRE/AEDIDH/ITUC will organise a trade union parallel event on: Arab Women and the human rights to peace. It will provide an opportunity for trade union and social movement leaders from Arab countries to give their views on peace as a human right.

“Trade Union 50:50 by 2024: Step it up for Gender Equality”, say PSI affiliates in Ghana

18 March 2016
IWD 2016 in Ghana

To commemorate this year’s International Women’s Day, the Trades Union Congress Ghana (TUC) organized a forum which all the 7 PSI affiliates in the country took part. Women were advised to struggle towards the 50:50 representation and participation.

Resolution 35: Migration Project

30 November 2012

The 29th World Congress of Public Services International (PSI), meeting in Durban, South Africa, on 27-30 November 2012

Resolution 3: Building a disaster-resilient society through the enhancement of public services

30 November 2012

The 29th World Congress of Public Services International (PSI), meeting in Durban, South Africa, on 27-30 November 2012

Resolution 31: Against feminicide in Mexico, Central America and the Dominican Republic

30 November 2012

The 29th World Congress of Public Services International (PSI),

Rise now! End violence against women

19 November 2012
PSI Congress delegates sign to end violence against women

This background document was produced for the Women's Caucus held prior to PSI’s World Congress. The World Congress is an important forum where we can raise our voices and join together in solidarity to pledge our combined efforts to stop violence against women. Our public sector unions must work towards creating a violence-free world for the women of today and for generations to come.

Impact of the economic crisis and austerity measures on women

04 July 2012

Women are losing jobs in both the private and public sectors, which has an immediate effect on household income but a much longer term effect on the role of women in the labour force.

Annual Report 2010

05 April 2011

In the face of widening cuts to public services and attacks on the rights of public sector workers around the world, leaders of private and public sector trade unions, municipal governments and civil society groups made the unprecedented joint commitment to work together to promote investment in quality public services backed by fair taxation policies as the key solution to the economic crisis, and the best way to build peaceful, equitable, democratic and environmentally-sustainable societies.

Annual Report 2009

03 April 2010

Environmental and social sustainability provided the primary theme for PSI’s work in 2009. Leading into the United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP 15) in Copenhagen in December, trade unions and civil society allies worked hard to ensure that world leaders would agree on an ambitious plan to reduce carbon emissions. Alas, this dream did not become reality. But we are committed to continuing this struggle and achieving real results.

Annual Report 2008

03 April 2009

Looking back at 2008 the one word that comes to mind is CHANGE. We saw a dramatic change in the global economy, it was the keyword in the US election and we initiated changes in PSI.

It’s time to end violence against women

30 October 2008
End Violence against women (cover)

“Violence against women means any act of gender-based violence that results in, or is likely to result in, physical, sexual or psychological harm or suffering to women, including threats of such acts, coercion or arbitrary deprivation of liberty, whether occurring in public or in private life”. United Nations Declaration on the Elimination of Violence against Women, Article 1

Closing the Gender Gap

31 January 2005

This guide was first developed by the Public Services International Women's Education and Organising Project in the Andean Region to provide practical support for its affiliated unions in the Andean countries to progress towards pay equity for women. It sets out in detail a method for designing and then implementing a programme of job evaluation, with the purpose of revaluing, without gender bias, the work effected within an organisation or company.

International Women's Day 2012

08 March 2012
PSI Poster for International Women's Day 2012

On International Women’s Day, 8 March 2012, Public Services International recognises and applauds the work of women trade unionists, who are always at the very heart of our struggle for human and labour rights and equality.

United Nations Commission on the Status of Women (UNCSW)

03 March 2012
Picture of african woman washing dishes

Union women from around the world are gathering in New York for the United Nations’ 56th Session of the Commission on the Status of Women (UNCSW56), starting on 27th February 2012. Focusing on decent work for rural women, quality public services, social protection and human rights, the trade union delegation to UNCSW56 will call on governments to commit to concrete measures to ensure that women living and working in rural areas enjoy opportunities for economic, social and human development.

World Women’s Committee (WOC Nov 2011)

23 November 2011

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World Women's Committee (WOC - May 2012)

30 January 2011

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