Ending violence against women

Violence against women exists in all countries and in all societies. It happens in private and public places, and in physical as well as virtual online spaces. Violence is often driven by a deep-seated belief that a woman is not equal to a man. PSI and our affiliates can work together and with civil society organisations to break the silence and mobilise against discrimination and violence in our workplaces and societies.

Photos from India: International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women

29 November 2016
VAW activity in India

Public Services International's affiliate, the All India Census Employees Association (AICEA), organised an activity on 25 November on the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women.

Saving Lives Needs Safety!

27 November 2016

25 November - International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women.

Trade unions are struggling to end violence at the workplace and in society. We stand for peaceful solutions, a culture of dialogue based on the human right to health, peace and social protection. In all countries, we need a strong commitment from governments to address the deeply rooted causes of violence against women: inequality and discrimination.

Tackling gender-based violence in the world of work – experiences in the health sector

25 November 2016
Photo: Wikipedia - Creative Commons
At its May 2016 meeting, PSI’s World Women’s Committee (WOC) agreed that a high priority area of work is workplace violence in the health sector. The WOC also agreed that the experiences of affiliates in raising awareness and developing campaigns and actions to eliminate workplace violence will contribute to the discussions and preparation for developing an ILO standard (convention and recommendations) on violence against women and men at work. The case studies were prepared in August 2016 as part of PSI’s contribution to the ILO tripartite experts meeting held during the period October 3-6 in Geneva.

ILO: towards a standard against violence and harassment in the world of work

24 November 2016

On 7 November, the ILO Governing Body unanimously endorsed the work and conclusions by a group of experts on the issue of violence in the world of work, and requested the Office to prepare the first standard-setting discussion by the International Labour Conference in June 2018.

Available in Spanish and English PSI Brazil's guide on violence against women in the workplace

01 June 2016

The publication presents the problem and calls unions to combat and prevent violence. It should be used as an information, capacity building, and mobilization tool for women and men in the fight against sexist violence in the workplace.

PSI and other 200 organizations call on John Kerry to support independent investigation into murder of Berta Cáceres

11 March 2016
la líder indígena Berta Cáceres

They also urge the Secretary to press the Honduran government to provide immediate, effective, and carefully consulted protection to Mexican environmentalist and journalist Gustavo Castro Soto and other witnesses in the case.

PSI condemns the assassination of indigenous leader Berta Cáceres in Honduras

07 March 2016
Indigenous leader Berta Cáceres

Public Services International (PSI) joins other organisations in the task of collecting signatures for petitions to use at demonstrations in front of Honduran consulates and embassies and at the Session of the UN Human Rights Council scheduled for next week in Geneva.

Resolution 31: Against feminicide in Mexico, Central America and the Dominican Republic

30 November 2012

The 29th World Congress of Public Services International (PSI),

Rise now! End violence against women

19 November 2012
PSI Congress delegates sign to end violence against women

This background document was produced for the Women's Caucus held prior to PSI’s World Congress. The World Congress is an important forum where we can raise our voices and join together in solidarity to pledge our combined efforts to stop violence against women. Our public sector unions must work towards creating a violence-free world for the women of today and for generations to come.

Impact of the economic crisis and austerity measures on women

04 July 2012

Women are losing jobs in both the private and public sectors, which has an immediate effect on household income but a much longer term effect on the role of women in the labour force.

It’s time to end violence against women

30 October 2008
End Violence against women (cover)

“Violence against women means any act of gender-based violence that results in, or is likely to result in, physical, sexual or psychological harm or suffering to women, including threats of such acts, coercion or arbitrary deprivation of liberty, whether occurring in public or in private life”. United Nations Declaration on the Elimination of Violence against Women, Article 1

Framework guidelines for addressing workplace violence in the health sector

22 November 2005

Workplace violence - physical (homicide, attacks, beating) or psychological (mobbing, bullying, harassment) - affects all categories of workers in just about all sectors. However, the health sector is at major risk due to fundamental characteristics of the services delivered and the present work environment. Under the strain of reforms, social instability, increasing pressures from long working hours and shift work, demoralisation of workers, workplace violence is rapidly spreading in the health sector.