Equality and equity at work is a core trade union value. Discrimination based on not only gender but also on class, race, ethnicity, age, gender identity, disability, indigenous status, migration status and the intersection of these characteristics, still pervade the world of work, as does gender-based violence and harassment. Progress for women has stalled and discrimination, harassment and violence are on the rise again.

Trade unions are working towards the full realisation of women’s rights and protections. Through collective empowerment and women’s equal representation in union leadership, through new regulation and the enforcement of existing regulations and through continued accountability, we can end discrimination and abuse.

The advancement of Sustainable Development Goals 5 (gender equality) and 8 (decent work) is central to our plans.

The ITUC’s Equality pillar has two thematic areas: Economic integration of women, Organising against discrimination and exclusion