Women around the world still face rape, domestic abuse and other forms of violence. Education trade unions are commemorating the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women with campaigns and marches around Europe. We are pushing back against gender-based violence to build safe and secure learning and teaching environments for all students and education personnel, based on mutual respect, trust and universal values.

On 14 November, trade unions in Ukraine staged a protest against attacks on workers' rights and in favour of decent living conditions. About 5000 trade union activists from all regions of Ukraine gathered near the Verkhovna Rada in Kiev to make their voice heard.

Occupational health and safety is vitally important for the education sector, and a key focus of ETUCE’s work. The rise of new technologies is transforming the face of health and safety in education. In this rapidly evolving context, health and safety experts must keep adapting to these changes in order to best protect education workers. With this in mind, ETUCE and the Finnish Member Organisation OAJ are hosting a Joint Seminar on occupational health and safety in the education sector at the beginning of 2020.

On 14-15 November 2019, ETUCE gathered around 100 participants in Warsaw for the closing conference of EU CONVINCE, a joint project with the European Federation of Education Employers (EFEE) and the European School Heads Association (ESHA). We explored ways to turn the vision developed during the project into a reality and shared good practices that implement democratic citizenship and inclusive education in different national contexts.

33 teachers have developed their knowledge and skills on the topic of social dialogue at school, national and European levels. Vital for their professional license, this training will empower teachers both in their union activities and in their daily interactions with students and parents.

Teachers and higher education personnel in Turkey are facing ever greater challenges, and the situation is harming students’ access to free, fair, quality education. ETUCE member organisation Eğitim Sen is calling an open-air meeting in Ankara on 23 November to proclaim its demands for an education system fit for the future.