CTU MEDIA RELEASE
25 November 2006
White Ribbon Campaign Deserves Support
The Council of Trade Unions joins other New Zealand and international organisations in supporting White Ribbon Day – the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, CTU secretary Carol Beaumont said today.
“Violence toward women is an abuse of human rights and it is unacceptable. The CTU views any abuse of rights as a trade union issue, and violence towards women is a major concern.”
Violence toward women is widespread and can take many different forms, Beaumont said.
“People may be working along side women co-workers who are survivors of domestic abuse, and violence also affects women when they experience sexual harassment and bullying on the job. Safety at work and ensuring that women can arrive and go home from work safely, and be safe in their homes, is important in preventing violence and reducing fear.”
“The strength and effectiveness of this day and campaign will grow as more people and groups come together using their collective strength to change attitudes and behaviours and develop strategies and measures that will eliminate violence toward women,” Beaumont said.