Women and Gender Rights Committee

Women and Gender Rights Committee

The Women and Gender Rights Committee is a standing committee that carries out the BCFED’s work to achieve equity for women in BC, Canada, and across the globe.

There are three pillars to the work of the BCFED WGRC: women’s safety, women’s economic security, and women in leadership.

Women’s safety encompasses issues like murdered and missing Indigenous women in BC, violence against women, take back the night and more.

Women’s economic security includes the fight for an affordable public childcare system, women’s pay equity, equal access to skills training, employment opportunities, and safety provisions for women in the workplace.

Women in leadership is about supporting women at all levels of leadership within our communities. The BCFED Women and Gender Rights Committee is committed to encouraging more women to run for political office, for leadership of their unions, and leadership of organizations in BC’s communities.

Chairs: Barb Nederpel, HEU; Crystal Braunwarth, IATSE

Celebrating International Women's Day by investing in women leaders

March 7, 2024
March 8 is International Women’s Day: a day when we remember, honour and celebrate the contributions of women (both cis and trans) and gender-diverse people in our communities.This year, as we mark IWD, we turn our attention to the upcoming election here in BC and are reminded that elections matter... more

BCFED Statement on December 6: National Day of Remembrance and Action Against Violence Against Women

December 6, 2018
The following is a statement from Laird Cronk and Sussanne Skidmore, President and Secretary-Treasurer of the BC Federation of Labour regarding December 6th National Day of Remembrance and Action Against Violence Against Women: December 6th is a day where we take stock of society’s... more

IWD: New BC government committed to making life safer for women at work and at home

March 8, 2018
The Following is a statement from BC Federation of Labour President Irene Lanzinger for International Women’s Day: “March 8, 2018 marks 108 years since the first International Women’s Day was observed. This year the dominant narrative around the status of women in Canada and in BC has been... more

Women trade unionists to lobby in Victoria Monday for greater protections from violence, assaults and harassment

March 2, 2018
Vancouver - Just ahead of International Women’s Day, a delegation of 30 women union leaders will meet with government and opposition politicians in Victoria to propose concrete steps focusing on women’s safety and greater protections from violence, assaults and harassment both on... more