Ending violence against women

Violence against women exists in all countries and in all societies. It happens in private and public places, and in physical as well as virtual online spaces. Violence is often driven by a deep-seated belief that a woman is not equal to a man. PSI and our affiliates can work together and with civil society organisations to break the silence and mobilise against discrimination and violence in our workplaces and societies.

Mauritius: Workshop on the elimination of gender-based violence

28 November 2013
Participants to the workshop

More than 100 shop stewards, members of PSI affiliate in Mauritius, the Government Services Employee Association – GSEA, attended a capacity-building workshop focusing on the elimination of gender-based violence. The workshop was organised by the GSEA on Wednesday 27 November at its workers Education centre, in close collaboration with the Ministry of Gender Equality, Child Development and Family welfare.

Photos: Singapore Forum on the Elimination of Violence against Women

27 November 2013

PSI affiliates in Singapore held an event on 23rd November on Ending Violence against Women and invited the Speaker of the Parliament as the guest speaker, Mdm. Halimah Yacob. Together they said violence against women is an age-old problem – it is time to end it now!

See photos on Flickr.

Unions in India hold forum on the elimination of violence against women

27 November 2013
Participants to the forum holding the different GUF posters

Close to 50 representatives from ITF, PSI, UNI, IndustriALL and BWI affiliated unions attended a joint discussion forum on the issue of Effective participation by trade unions on ending violence against women.  The forum was held on International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, 25 November 2013, at Maniben Kara Hall, in Mumbai, in India.

Video: Say NO to violence against women

26 November 2013

Watch the video published by PSI affiliate, SINALSERPUB, produced by Laura Camila Esteban Niño a young student in economics, on ending violence against women.

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.