A delegation from the Unifor Women’s Department took part in the 58th session of the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women (UNCSW58) over the last two weeks at the United Nations headquarters in New York.
Unifor women were part of the international trade union delegation, representing member states of the UN. The women spent the two weeks taking part in discussion sessions and lobbying member states to ensure that the agreed conclusions are adopted by the close of the UNCSW58.
“Women in the trade union movement play a critical role in holding governments around the world to account,” said Julie White, Director of the Unifor Women’s Department. “Governments will often pay lip service to women’s equality, including here in Canada, but unfortunately, that’s where their commitment ends. As trade union women, our job at UNCSW is to ensure that we expose our governments’ lack of commitment to child care, public services and a national inquiry into missing and murdered aboriginal women and girls, all issues important to Canadian women.”
White also said that the session serves as an important reminder about continuing to strengthen work around equality within the union.