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Women Workers Rising Town Hall: Essential Women on the Front Lines

The rapid spread of Coronavirus across the globe has revealed what has always been a glaring truth for so many of the essential workers who are the backbone of our society: the most essential are least valued, are treated as most expendable. It is the working class and poor who are most vulnerable to the virus and the economic disaster that Covid-19 has laid bare. And often it is women who are holding the frontline.

This town hall series looks at the needs of frontline and essential workers, including women working in domestic violence shelters where the crisis is also being acutely felt, as numbers are increasing for women who staying home is not safe. The conversation will touch upon these essential workers and their experiences especially women and including healthcare workers, domestic workers, farmworkers, grocery store workers, food and agricultural workers, mortuary and funeral service workers, delivery people, garbage collectors, drivers, cooks, janitors, law enforcement, mass transit workers, and bank employees as our country faces this unprecedented pandemic.

Our goal is to share information with you about the challenges being faced by essential workers, as well as about the remedies we have at hand for supporting them.

Watch our past town halls here

And stay tuned, more events that center the needs and voices of women workers are being planned! Sign up HERE for updates

what

What:

‘Women Workers Rising’ is a campaign organized by One Fair Wage and One Billion Rising together with a coalition of women’s activists and groups. ‘Women Workers Rising’ is also the latest action event coming out of the campaign. ‘Women Workers Rising’ is built on the foundation that the fight for women’s rights must center the needs and voices of women workers, and that the labor movement must center the needs and voices of women in their workplaces, associations, and unions especially women of color, immigrant women, and undocumented women.

Women Workers Rising action events joins the thousands of One Billion Rising creative resistance actions taking place throughout the US and the world, where women are rising up on the stage, in the streets, and in front of government offices, to demand changes in the policies and culture that sustain violence and inequality.

why

Why:

Sexual harassment and violence against women workers (cis, transgender, and gender non-conforming), takes place every day at workplaces across the country, in every occupation and industry. From restaurant workers, teachers, retail workers, domestic workers, and at-home mothers to nurses, farmworkers, factory workers, workers with disabilities, federal workers, actors, office workers, company executives, and more, workplace violence is part of making a living for many women. The Covid-19 pandemic has worsened the situation, as 1 in 3 essential jobs are held by women and they lack protections in PPE and are being treated as expendable by a system that only seeks to profit. In many cases, women don’t or can’t speak out or seek justice for fear of losing their jobs. All of this is happening in a global economic reality where it is increasingly difficult for women to earn a livable wage.

LEARN MORE about the types of violence women workers face on the job >

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