To commemorate International Women’s Day on 8 March, UASA, supporting the call by IndustriALL Global Union to combat the ‘regressive impacts of Covid 19 on women workers’, calls on trade unions to reflect on issues regarding gender inequality in the workplace.
UASA also supports the motion for ‘Women in leadership and achieving an equal future in a Covid-19 world’. We believe that gender inequality and gender-based violence are serious concerns that still affect women worldwide and need urgent intervention.
UASA is deeply concerned about the high rate of gender-based violence in South Africa and across the world as more and more vulnerable women continue being victimised in the workplace and at home, even during this time when the world is fighting a pandemic. These devastating statistics prove that it is essential that the government make swift progress with the Convention 190 (C190) ratification of the International Labour Organization (ILO).
UASA takes note of the ILO and Labour organisations’ efforts that have joined the movement in addressing gender equality and gender-based violence in the workplace.
The ILO reported that more women than men had lost jobs due to the COVID-19 crisis, with 5% of women losing their employment in 2020 versus 3.9% for men. UASA calls on organisations to closely observe gender inequality in the workplace as we all know that women are underrepresented in most sectors.
The C190 advocates for the protection of women and eliminating violence and harassment in the world of work and at home. With such efforts underway, UASA urges trade unions to come together in solidarity and protect women in the workplace by:
- · eradicating all forms of gender inequality
- · breaking sector barriers faced by women in workplaces, especially when it comes to obtaining leadership roles
- · developing structures that will protect women against gender-based violence in the workplace
- · allowing women to be vocal and express themselves fairly
- · moving away from patriarchal standards that do not favour women
- · raising awareness and providing education to union members and society at large
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