As one of the largest unions of women workers in British Columbia, HEU has a long history of fighting for the rights of women in both the workplace and in the community.
The HEU Women’s Standing Committee works with grassroots women’s groups, community coalitions and other trade union committees dedicated to social and economic equality and the advancement of women’s rights.
Every year on March 8 - International Women’s Day - HEU celebrates the achievements of women, and promotes women’s social and economic equality. HEU locals are encouraged to commemorate the day with information and events that recognize women’s struggle for equal rights and opportunities.
And on December 6 - National Day of Remembrance and Action to End Violence Against Women - HEU recognizes the victims of the Montreal Massacre, and puts out an international call to end all forms of violence against women and young girls.
The committee actively participates in a number of campaigns and events to promote women’s equality, including affordable child care, the Red Dress Campaign, and volunteers their time to provide support and resources to women on Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside.