Globally, women still participate less than men in the labour force and not always by choice. Women are still relied upon to shoulder the burden of domestic responsibility, especially when public services don’t support citizens as they should. This unpaid work means women are relegated to lower paid, more precarious employment with fewer rights. Even with laws on equal pay for work, gender wage gaps for women remain prevalent in much of the world. In addition, one in three women around the world experience violence or harassment at work.
ActionAid is leading is a collation of international trade union organisations, women’s groups and grass roots communities to unite women workers around the world and make their governments listen to them.
The group includes:
1. International Trade Union Confederation
2. Public Services International
3. AWID (Association for Women's Rights in Development)
4. DAWN (Development Alternatives with Women for a New Era)
5. WIEGO (Women in Informal Employment: Globalizing and Organizing)
6. Global Alliance Against Trafficking in Women
7. FEMNET (African Women's Development and Communication Network)
8. Asian Peoples Movement on Debt and Development
9. World March of Women
10. Asia Pacific Women in Law and Development
11. Asian Migrants Coordinating Body
All women enjoy their labour rights, decent work and gender-responsive quality public services as they build solidarity and people’s power to end capitalism.
The campaign has two discrete but complementary parts. The first is to stop violence against working women. The second is lift the burden of domestic responsibility that women face and make sure the state is providing public services which every citizen needs such as access to safe water, education and health provisions.