European women workers join 16 days of activism against gender-based violence

BWI’s European Regional Women’s Committee joined the 16 days global campaign for the elimination of violence against women by holding a forum on gender-based violence. Women participants from Europe, Central Asia, Israel and Turkey shared their respective unions’ campaign plans at the national and workplace levels. 

BWI’s Central and Eastern European affiliates reported that they will launch a social media campaign where women workers from different countries will take turns in running their unions’ digital platforms to share educational materials, initiate online discussions and post campaign videos. 

BWI European Regional Women’s Committee Chair Rita Schiavi praised the women trade unionists’ initiative to find ways to hold campaigns and take action on gender-based violence amidst the limitations and challenges imposed by the COVID-19 pandemic. 

“It’s really great to see the persistence and innovation of BWI’s women trade unionists in the region despite the pandemic. By maximising social media and using different communication technologies and platforms, I am confident that their voices will be heard,” Schiavi said. 

During the BWI European Regional Women’s Committee meeting, three members of the BWI Regional Anti-Harassment and Discrimination Investigation Committee attended. The committee endorsed BWI’s updated Anti-harassment and discrimination policy.