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.

Stop the trafficking of Mauritanian women to Saudi Arabia

24 September 2015
Mauritanian women

900 Mauritanian women have been trafficked to work in Saudi Arabia. Many are subject to abuse with no way out. Please join the call for immediate action and send a message to the government of Mauritania now!

Reaction to the agreed Addis Ababa Action Agenda on Financing for Development by PSI

24 July 2015
Opening

On 16 July, the Financing for Development Conference (FFD3) has come to an end by adopting the Addis Ababa Action Agenda on FFD. PSI joins the trade union movement and civil society partners in their rejection of the outcome, which will be neither transformative nor deliver the future we want.

PSI women are empowered and determined to force change

28 May 2015

The PSI Women's Committee met on 25-26 May 2015 in Geneva. A varied agenda included violence against women, precarious work, labour migration, peace and freedom, gender equality and gender strategy for the post-2015 development agenda.

UN WOMEN + UBER = A VISION for precarious work

12 March 2015
Taxi drivers have a discussion in the street during a protest over Uber outside City Hall in Chicago

PSI calls for UN WOMEN to cancel its partnership with UBER. During the annual UNCSW, the UN’s leading agency for women’s rights, UN WOMEN, announced a strategic partnership with UBER to “create 1,000,000 jobs for women as drivers on the Uber platform by 2020.”

Women’s economic and political empowerment

09 March 2015
Rosa Pavanelli addressing UN High-level panel discussion

"The key to the empowerment of women is jobs, jobs, jobs! Decent work and fair wages!," said Rosa Pavanelli, PSI General Secretary at the recent UN High-level debate on the advancement of gender equality in New York on 6 March 2015.

Bachelet calls on PSI to fight for an ILO resolution on the elimination of violence against women at work

01 November 2014
Mujeres de la ISP el “Encuentro Internacional sobre Violencia de Género en los lugares de trabajo y el empleo público”

Before an audience of more than 140 women members of the PSI, the President of Chile, Michelle Bachelet, called on the organisation to continue fighting for approval of an ILO resolution on the elimination of violence against women at the workplace and in public employment.

ILO Standard on Gender Based Violence

10 October 2014

The November 2014 session of the ILO Governing Body will again discuss a proposal to include a standard setting item on “violence against women and men in the world of work” on the agenda of a future International Labour Conference. This item was last discussed at the March 2014 Governing Body and whilst there was strong support from some governments, the proposal was not supported by the employers. The Worker’s Group has consistently supported the proposal as a first priority.