The initiative "Be More Than a Bystander" is organized by the Ending Violence Association of BC (EVA BC) in partnership with the BC Lions. It aims at increasing awareness and understanding about the impact of men's violence against women, and since 2011, the program has already trained over 100,000 people in British Columbia. This year, USW District 3 is partnering to "Break the Silence".
"Research has indicated that domestic violence does not stay at home when employees go to work and the losses to employers, resulting from spousal violence, amounts to tens of millions of dollars," says Betty Carrasco, National Vice-President of the TWU, USW National Local 1944, and Chair of the Women of Steel Committee. "That is why, as a union, it is important that we educate our members to speak up and break violence against women."
The three-day intensive ‘train the trainer' course will be provided by an experienced EVA BC trainer with participation from the BC Lions and Winnipeg Blue Bombers players. It will cover the following:
1. Overview of Violence Against Women
2. Understanding the Response System
3. The Bystander Model: Have in-depth understanding of the bystander intervention model including:
The successful applicants will attend a training session being held at the Canadian Labour Congress Winter School on February 13 - 16, 2018, in Harrison Hot Springs, BC. All costs will be covered by the USW District 3.
"It is only through education that we can expect to change attitudes regarding violence against women," says Lee Riggs, National President of the TWU, USW National Local 1944.
Please send your completed application form by email no later than Monday, November 27th, 2017 at 4:30 pm, to National President of the TWU, USW National Local 1944 Lee Riggs, c/o firstname.lastname@example.org
For more information about the "Be More Than a Bystander" campaign, please visit:
The Telecommunications Workers Union, United Steelworkers National Local 1944