VIOLENCE AGAINST WOMEN: 16 DAYS OF ACTIVISM

On November 25 - International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women - IndustriALL's Women Committee co-chairs and assistant general secretary urged Unions to create safe workplaces where women are free to denounce harassment and speak out. 

The day marked the start of the 16 days of activism, concluding on commemoration of the International Human Rights Day, 10 December. The campaign aims to prevent and eliminate violence against women and girls around the world and calls for global action to increase awareness, promote advocacy and prompt discussion on challenges and solutions. Learn more

US: VISITING NURSE VICTIM OF FATAL SHOOTING

Douglas Brant’s life was cut short when a 33-year-old man shot and killed him while the registered nurse was treating the shooter’s grandmother at her home. After a manhunt that lasted nearly a day, police arrested the shooter near the mobile home park where the shooting happened. Brant was apparently shot about an hour into the home visit, Brant’s first at the home. The shooter,  who is reported to have mental health issues from traumatic brain injuries sustained in bull-riding, has a history of violence and threats against workers. The state Nurses Association said workplace violence has become ‘an all-too-familiar part of the job. In fact, workplace violence against nurses has risen during the pandemic,’ the statement said. ‘We hear of nurses being punched, kicked, scratched on a too regular basis, but a killing is rare and horrific.’

Source: Confined Space, Weekly Toll, 6 December

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