When Migrant Women Rise, We All Rise
In July, we launched a joint project by UVW and IWGB, overseen by LAWRS, on empowering more women to be actively involved in our unions.
‘When Migrant Women Rise, We All Rise’ will involve women’s groups, workshops, and training sessions throughout the year. Women members can fill in our survey to have a say on what these should include or involve!
Our cross-union project will address barriers faced by women at work and in our unions, including gender discrimination & sexual harassment. A new report published by LAWRS reveals the urgency and importance of this, stating that 41% of Latin American women workers have experienced discrimination, harassment or unreasonable treatment.
Life as a migrant woman worker is often precarious, and comes with many difficulties. The LAWRS report also found that a large proportion of women have endured verbal and/or faced physical abuse at work. It describes how the 'hostile environment' has created a sense of fear around the threat of deportation and has prevented migrant women workers from reporting harassment cases or claiming their rights, even if they are entitled to do so.
The subject of workplace harassment is finally entering mainstream discussion — the International Labour Conference in Geneva adopted a ‘Convention and Recommendation on Violence and Harassment in the World of Work.’
But international action alone will not end workplace harassment; we also need unions to act, and to be a strong force we need women in our unions!
UWV women members - please help us shape the women’s empowerment project. Fill out the survey below, and come along to our women’s event at 12:30pm on the 7th September in the Waterloo Action Centre