Locals across the country helped to distribute a total of $146,000 to 73 shelters to aid families escaping domestic violence. Each shelter received a $2,000 donation, made possible by Unifor’s Social Justice Fund, as part of the union’s work in local communities to eradicate gender-based violence.
“These organizations provide desperately needed front-line aid to women and children, who often have nowhere else to turn,” said Mohamad Alsadi Director, Human Rights and International Department. “The donations were timed to coincide with International Women’s Day to help draw attention to the need to address the social and economic inequality of women.”
The work of the union has been, and will continue to be, on the forefront of change to support women living with violence. In the workplace, bargaining committees have successfully negotiated support mechanisms and paid domestic violence leave into numerous collective agreements. Unifor’s ground breaking Women’s Advocate program also trains representatives to assist women with issues of harassment and abuse, and it aim is to create healthier workplaces, and safer communities.
“Violence against women is a pervasive problem that affects communities across Canada and to address the systemic issues at the root of inequality, real change is required at all levels of government,” said Unifor National President Jerry Dias.
On a national level, Unifor is lobbying the federal government to enact paid domestic violence leave legislation and continues to champion the need for gender justice. For more information on the campaign and to sign the online petition to MPs, visit unifor.org/women.