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.

Communiqué: Public Services International Steering Committee SC-17

25 November 2013
PSI Steering Committee and staff, November 2013

Angered by the continuing attacks on public services and the workers who provide these services, distressed by the rising inequality across the world and the failure of the current economic system to provide jobs, particularly for young people, the Steering Committee reiterated its commitments to the 2013-2017 Programme of Action “Social Justice through Quality Public Services” and endorsed priority actions for 2014.

Violence against women is an age-old problem – it is time to end it now.

25 November 2013
PSI violence against women poster

“If we act with courage, conviction and commitment, we can change violence against women from being the most pervasive violation of human rights to being a rare occurrence that is considered unacceptable and no longer tolerated.” Michelle Bachelet, Executive Director of UN Women, on International Women’s Day (8 March 2013).

Monday is White Ribbon Day – don’t keep it a secret

22 November 2013
Australian white ribbon campaign

On White Ribbon Day - the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women - PSI affiliate, the Australian Services Union (ASU) will participate in awareness raising activities to promote the message because violence against women is not something that should be keep a secret. By opening this tragedy up to the light, we have a greater chance of eliminating it.

New ILO Convention on violence at the workplace needs more government support and trade union action!

20 November 2013
Workplace violence image

A new standard on violence at work was one of the items discussed at the ILO Governing Body meeting in October 2013. In the light of the ILO’s strategic objectives, violence against women and men at work is a global concern. It is a human rights issue, as well as a health, education, legal and socio-economic problem.

Work-related violence and its integration into existing surveys

20 November 2013

Statistical measurement of violence at the workplace has been neglected, states a new ILO report presented at the 19th International Conference of Labour Statisticians, held in Geneva, 2-11 October 2013.

Seminar on gender equality in Baku in Azerbaijan

19 November 2013
Participants to the seminar on gender quality in Baku in Azerbaijan

On 7th November 2013, Abvakabo FNV Women took part in a two-day seminar on gender equality in Baku in Azerbaijan with representatives of Azeri and Turkish unions. The seminar was organised with the support of Marina Irimie, PSI and EPSU sub-regional secretary for South East Europe. The seminar tackled issues of public sector services, government, healthcare and education and went on to discuss the terms and conditions in which women work.

Public services and decent work for all

07 October 2013
ITUC Poster for WDDW

On 7 October we celebrate the World Day for Decent Work. Public Services International (PSI) joins the international trade union movement in demanding decent work for all and an end to the continuous attacks on trade union rights around the world. We want jobs that provide decent salaries and social security with safe working conditions.