Women of Steel come together in Canada to “Raise the Bar”

Members from across Canada and the United States brought their energy and activism to Quebec City the week of October 17 for the USW National Women’s Conference.

This year’s event, organized by many siblings including Conference Chair and Assistant to the National Director Meg Gingrich and Education and Equality Department Head Adriane Pavo, focused on the union’s Raising the Bar on Women’s Health and Safety campaign.

Adriane Pavo (far right) moderates a panel on Raising the Bar on Women’s Health and Safety.

The USW’s National Policy Conference in 2019 unanimously passed a resolution calling for action, and this campaign, which has also been launched in the United States, was the result.

The campaign aims to increase awareness of women’s health and safety issues, making them core USW health and safety issues; to boost women’s participation in activism, including on committees and in USW courses; and to increase respect and space for women’s voices and ideas in workplaces and our union.

An incredible moment of solidarity around this campaign at this year’s conference occurred when hundreds of activists rallied together bright and early on October 19 to break the silence on domestic violence.

Click here to view all of the photos from the National Women’s Conference.

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