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Back the ITUC campaign on 25 November 2014

  • About the campaign

    Over the past few years, more ITF affiliates have reported incidents of physical, emotional and sexual abuse against women members than ever before. The problem is a collective union responsibility that requires a collective union response. It’s up to us to put the necessary strategies in place to end violence against women. 

    Get behind the campaign

    The International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC) is co-ordinating the campaign. Its objective is to achieve an International Labour Organization (ILO) convention on gender-based violence at work.

    We’re calling for affiliate unions to get behind the campaign on 25 November 2014, which is UN International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women.

    To find out how the ILO convention could make a difference to your members, download the ITUC campaign leaflet

    To date, nine members of the ILO governing body have expressed strong support for the proposal: Canada, Cuba, Germany, India, Italy, the Netherlands, Sri Lanka, USA, and Uruguay.

    Find out who else is a member of the ILO governing body. (Details available in English, French and Spanish)

    How you can help today

    •  Contact member(s) of the ILO governing body, asking them to support an ILO convention
    • Encourage your members to [complete the survey on violence against women transport workers in the workplace
    • Share your survey results with us, plus any responses from government ministers, to help shape our global campaign
    • Send a letter from your union to government ministers requesting their support. You can use our letter template, including survey results if you have them
    • Circulate a petition to be signed in support of an ILO convention 
    • Other ideas are contained within the ITUC campaign leaflet

    To order campaign posters, stickers, ribbons and calendars, complete our online order form.

    Keep us updated

    When you fill out the order form for campaign materials, tell us about any activities that you’ve got planned for UN International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women. We’ll highlight your events on the ITF website.

    Share your actions and achievements

    We’d love to shout about your campaigning on the ITF website – send us any photos and/or videos from your campaign activity.

    Email your stories to

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Seema Mohan

1509 Days Ago
Transport & Dock Workers Union, Kandla, India marked 25th November as the Day for elimination of violence against women by organising a seminar for our male colleagues to sensitise on this issue and to share their views and responsibilities on violence against women. They took the oath - not to be violent, not to be silent and also to raise awareness on this issue at their workplaces amongst other colleagues. Also, awareness was done by putting banners and posters at different workplaces asking members to raise their voice and act against violence.
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Mich-Elle Myers

1516 Days Ago
The Maritime Union of Australia held events across the country and members actively get involved. Please see link to our Flickr of all of our photos for the day. MUA - Not Silent, Not Violent!…
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Sticks Nkambule

1520 Days Ago
All right thinking persons are duty bound to proactively deal with gender based violence by all means necessary. As Swaziland transport workers we fully support this noble call, see our statement hereof…
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Kona Vishnu

1520 Days Ago
Dear Sister Alison McGarry, The UN Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women (VAW) was observed over South Central Railway by South Central Railway Employees Sangh (SCRES) an affiliate of National Federation of Indian Railwaymen (NFIR). The Campaign was started right from 24.11.2014 by cadres of SCRES (both male & female) visiting different offices and pinning the ribbons printed "NO VIOLENCE AGAINST WOMEN". The SCRES appealed to all the employees to eliminate VAW. The main programme was observed on 25.11.2014 in a jampacked auditorium with about 500 employees. Mrs Uma Nagendramani, National Secretary of All India INTUC recalled about Beijing Platform 20 action for gender equality and stated that 20 years back this campaign was started and today we have reached to zero tolerance. She also stated that we need 30% reservation for women in every field right from politics to education. Mrs Akula Lalita, Telangana Congress Women forum leader said that there VAW is totally unacceptable in the present society. Mrs Adam Uma Devi, Corporator, stated that she is fighting in her own way fighting VAW in every form. Mrs Raghavaiah, Social Activist spoke at length the difficulties that violence a female faces right from womb to tomb. She said it is time that we must fight for every right. She stated that Women must dare to fight with administrators and employers for their legitimate rights. Mr P.K. Srivastava, General Manager, South Central Railway & Chief Guest on the occasion entertained by singing a lovely song for the audience and offered to all the female employees to send him a message on his Mobile Number and also promised to place Complaint Box wherein women employees can drop their grievances and every grievance will be taken care with strict confidentiality. Mrs M. Raghavaiah, General Secretary, SCRES & NFIR spoke on the occasion and encouraged all the women cadre to come forward and report their grievances and promised to encourage the women for all the activities. Regards Vishnu Incharge NFIR Media Centre
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Monique Verbeeck

1520 Days Ago
I support the ITF campaign to eliminate all forms of violence against women on the work place as well as domestic violence ! Strong efforts must also be made to achieve the ILO Convention to stop gender -based violence at work !
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