31 March 2008
Women’s participation census a valuable tool
The Council of Trade Unions has congratulated the Human Rights Commission’s latest census on women’s participation, saying it is a very valuable tool for tracking progress on gender equality.
The Commission’s will later today release their third Census of Women's Participation. This is the second release that includes data on trade unions.
“It is important we continue to have a regular stock take and scrutiny of women’s participation in areas of public life, including the union movement,” CTU secretary Carol Beaumont said.
“Achieving equality is not just a women’s issue it is an issue for all people, and specific measures need to be taken to ensure gender equality and promote full participation of women in all avenues of society.”
“For our part, unions are serious about wanting to increase women's participation in unions and are part of a global campaign on this. Last November the International Trade Union Confederation launched its action programme on achieving gender equality in trade unions.”