In preparation for the celebration of International Women's Day on March 8th, the National Union has created a poster entitled "Whatever became of me?"
Ottawa (13 Feb. 2009) – In preparation for the celebration of International Women’s Day on March 8th, the National Union of Public and General Employees (NUPGE) has created a poster entitled “Whatever became of me?”.
The poster highlights an issue the National Union has been raising about women’s increasing stress in attempting to balance personal life with work life.
Although the stress of struggling to balance home and work responsibilities affects both genders, women more often suffer to higher degrees. Women continue to shoulder the heavier burden of the responsibilities associated with issues such as child care, elder care, or the care of ailing relatives.
All of these issues are magnified by the lack of an universal early childhood education and care system in Canada and a growing need for more elder care spaces and services. Adding to the pressure is the fact that the Canadian economy is heading into recession and research shows that women will often suffer more financial and employment consequences in a depressed economy.
The National Union is conducting a survey entitled the “Quality of Women’s Lives” in order to identify the issues and raise awareness of the problem. NUPGE is encouraging both union and non-union women to complete the survey.