What happens when your colleague is a victim of domestic violence?

More than one in three people in a 2016 Canadian survey believe that at least one of their colleagues was experiencing or had experienced domestic violence.

One in three!

Would you know what signs to look out for?  Do you know someone whom you think is facing abuse?  Would you know how to act appropriately?

There are so many questions that you might have and it can seem overwhelming, so we’re going to do our best to answer all of them so you can be confident in how you can help!

Sexual Violence in the Spotlight: Kesha & Jian Ghomeshi

As the separate high-profile trials involving former CBC radio host Jian Ghomeshi and musical artist Kesha concluded a few weeks ago, the lack of support and resources for victims of sexual violence has been brought into the spotlight.  What’s more, the events following the outbreak of the scandal has also thrust an unlikely subject into the limelight: the workplace.

March 8th is International Women’s Day (IWD), how will you celebrate?

This year’s theme for International Women’s Day is #PledgeForParity. The theme highlights the gender parity that women still struggle to achieve economically, socially, culturally, and politically.  The theme is timely.  Financial abuse is a common tactic that is often used to control the woman in domestic violence situations.  If she wants to leave an abusive relationship, her choices are limited by her ability to leave the relationship, earn a living and make a new life for herself and children. We also know that abuse impacts work performance and income as well as potential job loss.

Steps Forward: Congratulations to our Workplace Champions!

On Family Day February 15, 2016 Make It Our Business (MIOB) is recognizing the 100 Organizations who have recently completed workplace trainings. Since we launched our Make It Our Business workplace training program five years ago, over 400 companies have participated in our trainings to learn how to recognize and respond to domestic violence in the workplace!

The significance of the International UN campaign 16 Days of Activism Against Gender Violence

UN WOMEN logo in blueThe 16 Days of Activism is an international campaign originating from the first Women's Global Leadership Institute coordinated by the Center for Women's Global Leadership in 1991. The year 2015 marks the 20-year anniversary of the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action, the most progressive road map to gender equality we have.

What makes a good employer?

There are a lot of factors that go into answering this question. Some factors are specific and immediate: wages/salary; comprehensive benefits; flexibility of work hours and/or ability to work from home when needed. Other qualities are more long term, such as job security, professional development opportunities, and the potential to move up over time. The physical environment also matters (Is the workplace accessible? Is it a pleasant space to spend time in?), as do co-worker relationships and workplace atmosphere.

This Mother’s Day, let’s commit to ending domestic violence

Flowers with tag that says Happy Mother's DayEvery Mother’s Day, we recognize the hard work, emotional labour, and unconditional love that goes into mothering, and celebrate mothers for their integral role in our own lives and in society. After all, being a mother is a job that never ends and sometimes goes underappreciated.

Nine reasons to make addressing domestic violence in the workplace your resolution in 2015

Improve our health. Spend time with loved ones. Develop work life balance. We often make personal New Year’s resolutions that focus on what we need to be healthy, happy, productive individuals. But what about New Year’s resolutions for the workplace?


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