OSSTF/FEESO - Ontario Secondary School Teachers' Federation

OSSTF/FEESO - Ontario Secondary School Teachers' Federation

December 04, 2009 11:16 ET

OSSTF/FEESO Calls for Government Commitment to End Violence Against Women

TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Dec. 4, 2009) - Each year members of the Ontario Secondary School Teachers' Federation (OSSTF/FEESO) join the thousands of others who come together in our schools, workplaces and communities to mark the National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women. At that time, we remember the fourteen women who were murdered in Montreal on December 6th, 1989 and all those who continue to experience violence simply because they are women.

"It's deeply disturbing that twenty years after the Montreal Massacre, violence against women and girls is still a grim reality," said Ken Coran, President of OSSTF/FEESO. "There can be no excuse for government inaction. The extent of this violence can be seen clearly in the statistics on murdered women, domestic violence, and sexual harassment and assault. The Sisters in Spirit initiative speaks to the alarming rate of violence against Aboriginal women in Canada. Its presence among younger people and in our schools has been exposed in reports by Julian Falconer and the Centre for Addictions and Mental Health."

OSSTF/FEESO welcomes recent moves by the Ontario Ministry of Education to address issues of gender-based violence and harassment and to develop strategies to achieve an equitable and inclusive education system, including the introduction of gender-studies curriculum. However, Coran notes, "Important as it is to reach our young people, this is not nearly enough. Violence against women and girls is rooted in women's economic and social inequality at all stages of life, and ending it will require a strong commitment by every level of government to a comprehensive plan of action for change."

OSSTF/FEESO, founded in 1919, has 60,000 members across Ontario. They include public high school teachers, occasional teachers, educational assistants, continuing education teachers and instructors, psychologists, secretaries, speech-language pathologists, social workers, plant support personnel, attendance counsellors, and many others in education.

Contact Information

  • Ontario Secondary School Teachers' Federation
    Ken Coran
    President
    416.751.8300 or 1.800.267.7867
    416.751.3394 (FAX)
    www.osstf.on.ca