American women workers express optimism over US election results

Women trade union leaders from North America and Europe held an online meeting on 12 November and expressed optimism that the results of the United States elections will bring positive results in the campaign for gender equality and the elimination of violence against women. 

In the said meeting, BWI International Women’s Committee Chair Rita Schiavi expressed confidence that women workers in the US will be able to move forward the gender equality agenda under the country’s new administration. 

This was echoed by IAMAW General Secretary Dora Cervantes. “I cannot find words to describe my feelings when we found out that we’ve elected a new president and our first female vice president. Women workers in the United States welcome the momentum of change created by this victory,” she said.

BWI General Secretary Ambet Yuson said that the results of the US elections gave hope to workers worldwide. “It showed us that only by consistently fighting for our cherished values and beliefs can we win a better and brighter future,” he said. 

The meeting, which was also attended by CFMEU (Australia), laid out plans for the 16 days of Global Activism against Violence against Women. The campaign runs every year from 25 November, the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, to 10 December, Human Rights Day.