16 Days of Activism against gender-Based Violence

How can we create safe and healthy workplaces for women?

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Denise Boyer-Payette

Anishinaabe Kwe
Mississauga First Nation, ON

β€œTo me, a safe workplace begins with better representation and inclusion of ALL women.  This begins with education about the issues faced by women who come from the most disproportionally represented communities, such as indigenous, black, muslim, latinx, LGBTQ2+, etc. In these communities, GBV occurs at a higher rate, both in and outside of the workplace. It is important to note that in many of these communities, GBV is an issue created by the on-going effects of colonialism in Canada, which actively targets these women systematically. Decolonized spaces, along with the creation of more, higher paid, higher job security, and permanent job opportunities, and most importantly, more intersectional women in positions of power, are just some solutions to creating workplace safe from GBV. By targeting these solutions, politicians and employers can allow for intersectional women to empower themselves and take the lead on creating a safer workplace for everyone!”