The ITF End Violence against Women Transport Workers ‘Take Action Toolkit’ for affiliates wanting to expand or kick-start their action on ending violence against women transport workers.
This toolkit is aimed at those running workshops and campaigns, those who are involved in collective bargaining, those who are seeking education on the issue and those who want to get more discussion about gender based violence into their workplace. They hope this toolkit will be a useful and powerful tool to support organising, bargaining and campaigning work.
It is a framework of resources where relevant materials are grouped gender based by :
against women in the workplace
- Women constitute a small but growing percentage of the transport workforce and face significant gender based stereotyping, discrimination and stigmatisation. This acts as a further barrier to speaking up on the violence they face at work. This culture of violence perpetuates limited personal choice and societal myths that transport is not an industry for women. Violence against women in transport workplaces in not an inevitable part of the job and as trade unions they have a unique opportunity, and a human rights obligation to support women transport workers to break the silence around their experiences of violence at work.
and collective bargaining
- More transport unions are having success around the bargaining table on violence against women at work. A number of ITF affiliates have used their collective strength to win employer recognition that preventing and responding to violence against women at work is their responsibility, through collective bargaining clauses that deliver more than what is required by law. For clear examples of this go to the ‘Union success stories’ section to read about women’s advocates in Canada and domestic violence leave in Australia.
and building alliances
- Building campaigns to end violence against women transport workers provides unions with opportunities to recruit more women workers, develop more women activists, improve effectiveness by connecting with community allies and provide more women transport workers with a safe and decent workplace. Areas of focus could include getting involved in ITF campaign action on the ILO Convention, development of Our Public Transport, Qatar Airways, domestic violence at work, gender-based occupational segregation, women’s representation and informal workers organising.
voices – individual and collective
- They know that violence against women in the transport industry is perpetrated by colleagues, managers, vehicle owners, local authorities and even the police. The power and control beneath this violence and the silencing tactics used by perpetrators mean that many survivors find it incredibly difficult to talk about. Many stay silent. Societal attitudes about violence against women, and women not belonging in the transport industry, also serve as powerful barriers for women speaking out about their experiences of violence. Male domination of jobs and management often results in a workplace culture where women are under pressure to prove their competence. This makes speaking up about harassment and other forms of violence they face, at work or at home, even more challenging.
and activating others
- They are working to equip more unions to educate their members and activists to end violence against women transport workers.
- They hope these union success stories provide inspiration and help to identify barriers opportunities within their own union.
- Men as
- They cannot achieve our goals to end violence against women transport workers without the support of men. Men make up the large majority of the transport workforce and most do not perpetrate or condone violence against women. They also believe they can encourage people to take a different view on gender, through education and awareness, to understand that violence against women transport workers is not just a ‘women’s issue’ but one that they are all involved in, whether they are engaged in the solution or not.