SFL continues to fight for equality in celebration of International Women's Day

 

The Saskatchewan Federation of Labour (SFL) continues its efforts to fight for equality in celebration of March 8th – International Women’s Day.

 

International Women’s Day is a time to reflect on progress made, to call for change, and to celebrate acts of courage and determination by women who have played extraordinary roles in their countries, communities, and within the Labour Movement.

 

The United Nations’ 2016 theme for International Women’s Day is “Planet 50-50 by 2030: Step It Up for Gender Equality”. The idea of this theme is to consider how to accelerate the 2030 Agenda, building momentum for the effective implementation of the new Sustainable Development Goals, especially achieving gender equality and empowering all women and girls and ensuring inclusive and quality education for all – promoting lifelong learning. The theme will also focus on new commitments under UN Women’s Step It Up initiative, and other existing commitments on gender equality, women’s empowerment, and women’s human rights.

 

“Saskatchewan’s labour movement has long worked for improving the lives of all women, fighting in solidarity with feminist movements, and doing everything we can to promote equality,” said Lori Johb, Secretary-Treasurer of the SFL.

 

This year the SFL is celebrating the 20th year of its Prairie School for Union Women – an opportunity for women trade unionists to gather, learn, teach, and build a stronger movement together.

 

“Prairie School and other educationals the SFL organizes are some examples of how the SFL empowers women. We have also teamed up with the Canadian Labour Congress and researchers to study the impacts of domestic violence in the workplace and to identify how we can help to stop it,” said Johb, “in addition to those specific initiatives, we know that the best way to eliminate the pay gap is to belong to a union – where all employees are treated fairly,” she added.

 

For more information on the UN’s 2030 Agenda, visit: http://www.un.org/en/events/womensday

 

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The SFL represents over 100,000 working people across the province in 37 affiliated unions.

 

For additional information, contact:

 

Kent Peterson

Strategic Advisor

Saskatchewan Federation of Labour

o: 1 (306) 525-0197

m: 1 (306) 570-1855

e: k.peterson@sfl.sk.ca

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