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New initiative targets gender-based and sexual harassment in STEM and trade sectors

by HR Law Canada

WomanACT and the Society for Canadian Women in Science & Technology (SCWIST) have joined forces with the Canadian Construction Association (CCA) to tackle gender-based and sexual harassment in STEM and trade industries.

This collaboration, funded by the Department of Justice, has led to the launch of a groundbreaking Micro-Lesson Training Series.

The series, offered at no cost to CCA integrated members through partner associations, aims to revolutionize workplace cultures. It focuses on eliminating gender-based harassment by educating participants about trauma-informed practices, procedural fairness, equity, and the complexities surrounding gender and sexual orientation.

Upon completion, participants will receive a certification, underscoring their preparedness to promote accountable workplace environments and effectively respond to harassment incidents.

Harmy Mendoza, Executive Director of WomanACT, highlighted the significance of this partnership: “Our collaboration with CCA in the Micro-Lesson Training Series goes beyond mere cooperation; it represents a unified stand to transform workplace cultures, making them places where harassment is non-existent and equality and respect are paramount.”

This initiative responds to the urgent need for safer workplaces, particularly for women in STEM and trades. Global data indicates that about 40% of women face sexual harassment at work (Mayer et al., 2020). Canadian statistics mirror this disturbing trend, with reports of sexual harassment from women consistently exceeding those from men (Angus Reid Institute, 2018; Angus Reid Institute, 2014).

Mary Van Buren, president of the CCA, expressed enthusiasm about the project: “The construction sector is deeply committed to fostering an inclusive and respectful workplace. We’re proud to offer this essential training across Canada through our integrated partner associations.”

This training series is part of a larger effort by WomanACT and SCWIST to address workplace harassment and promote gender equity. Since its inception in 1991, WomanACT has been a pivotal force in fighting violence against women and advancing gender equity through education, policy, and community mobilization. SCWIST, established in 1981, has been instrumental in promoting the participation and leadership of women and girls in STEM through various programs and initiatives.

The Canadian Construction Association, representing over 17,000 member firms, is the national voice for contractors and suppliers in Canada’s construction industry. This collaboration marks a significant step in their ongoing efforts to create safer, more inclusive work environments.

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