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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  2015

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.

Women’s Annual Memorial Marches on February 14, 2015

The CUPE Ontario Women’s Committee supports the Women’s Annual Memorial Marches on February 14, 2015.

In Toronto, we will stand in solidarity with coalition group, No More Silence, at the 10th Annual Strawberry Ceremony for Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women in Toronto. It will be held on Saturday Feb. 14, 12:30 pm to 1:30 pm outside Police Headquarters, 40 College Street, Toronto. Click here for event details. Please join us and demand justice for Indigenous women, girls, Trans and Two Spirit people who are missing or murdered. The organizers have asked that participants not bring organizational signs or flags.

The marches on Feb. 14 are an opportunity for all cities and communities to come together to grieve the loss of our beloved sisters and remember the women who are still missing.For a list of marches across the province click here:

Click here for a message from the OFL.

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

December 6 is the National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women. This year marks the 25th anniversary of the 1989 École Polytechnique massacre in Montréal, where 14 women were targeted and killed by a lone gunman. One of those women was Maryse Laganière, a CUPE member and an employee at the school.

Twenty-five years later, more than half of Canadian women still experience violence during their lives. Recent high-profile cases and news stories involving violence against women and girls have provoked important dialogue across the country and sparked countless demands for government action. The violence must end. We all have important roles to play in the struggle. Violence against women is not only a distant issue we see in the media, it’s also a union issue that directly affects our members…Read the full statement here.

Communities across Ontario will gather for vigils, memorials and other ceremonies to commemorate women who have died as a result of violence. Click this link to find an event near you.

International Women’s Day:

March 8 is an annual, internationally recognized day that acknowledges and honours the struggles of women in their fight for equality, justice, peace and development.  It is also a celebration of the progress women have made…(read more about International Women’s Day and find an event offered in your community)

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