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CUPE Ontario Women's Committee:

CUPE's Women's Committee promotes women's equality within the union, raises awareness of women's issues and fosters opportunity and advancement for women in the union. Issues such as sexual harassment and discrimination, violence against women, pay equity and employment equity are foremost in the work of this committee.

The Committee consists of two positions chosen at provincial convention, one appointed from the Ontario Division Executive Board and regional representatives appointed through CUPE District Councils across the province.


Sisters in Solidarity Award - Deadline: April 24, 2014

The Sisters in Solidarity Award is given out annually at each Convention to an Ontario affiliate CUPE sister, group of sisters, committee, Local Union or District Council in Ontario who has:

  • demonstrated through actions a deep commitment to women's issues, equity, and social justice;
  • worked to break barriers and increase women's participation within CUPE;
  • worked to strengthen and support CUPE sisters in the Union, the workplace, or in the community;
  • helped CUPE demonstrate leadership in women's issues and women's participation in CUPE and the labour movement

Do you know someone in your local who you believe should be nominated for this award?  If so, click here to download the Sisters in Solidarity application form and nominate them today.


December 6, the National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women

On December 6th, communities across Ontario will gather for vigils, memorials and other ceremonies to mark the National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women.

The majority of CUPE Ontario members are women and we have a proud history, as sisters and brothers, of standing together for the rights of all women. In workplaces, we have negotiated contracts containing anti‐harassment language and pay equity provisions. We mounted a multi‐year political action campaign to achieve legislation protecting workers from workplace violence and harassment. And we are continuing our work to break down barriers to employment equity and to ensure safe workplaces. Our history of strong women leaders has built CUPE Ontario and the labour movement into a powerful voice for equality.

In our communities, we can all help to end the violence. Check the list below to find an event in your community.

Click Here to download a list of events for the National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women


Women's Flyers & Events for the 2011 Ontario Provincial Elections:

The CUPE Ontario Women's Committee participated in and promoted many events for the 2011 Ontario Provincial Elections.  From women's breakfasts to canvasses across the province - women in CUPE Ontario have made their voices heard in this election, leading to a breakthrough of 17 seats for the Ontario NDP.

You can find some of the materials for events led by the Women's Committee here:

"It's our time - A time for action" flyer

Women's Canvass Kit

Economic Justice for Women - Fact Sheet

Child Care Fact Sheet


International Women's Day:

The International Women's Day Centenary started on March 8th, 2011, and numerous events took place across Ontario and the world.  Read about some of these events here

March 8 is an annual, internationally recognized day that acknowledges and honors the struggles of women in their fight for equality, justice, peace and development.  It is also a celebration of the progress women have made.  This date is commemorated at the United Nations and is designated in many countries as a national holiday...(read more about International Women's Day and its importance in our society today)


Click to read - Toronto Women's City Alliance demands apology for Mayor Ford group's sexist behavior


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