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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.

Sister Shubhada Kamte, Chief Labour Officer, BMC, updated the forum on the situation of violence against women in the country and explained the current legal provisions on preventing violence and their implementation.

The forum participants discussed the role of trade unions in putting an end to violence against women and suggested ways of achieving this including:

  • Awareness-raising with the male union members on the issues of gender equality and violence against women  
  • Creating cells in the trade unions to oversee the implementation of the workplace committees mandated by the Vishaka judgement and the Sexual Harassment of Women at Workplace (Prevention, Prohibition & Redressal) Act 2013.

For more information please contact Sister V.Lakshmi, PSI Asia Pacific Regional Secretary lakshmi.vaidhiyanathan@world-psi.org

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