Ten years ago, Tarana Burke, a Black American civil rights activist started a movement that has recently been reignited worldwide. She is the first to use the phrase "Me Too," in 2006, raising awareness to the ongoing societal issues of sexual harassment and abuse. As a teenager, she became involved in working to improve the lives of young girls living in marginalized communities. Burke continues to focus her social activism and advocacy on helping young women who are marginalized and survivors of abuse. #METOO has developed into a global movement, giving voice to women speaking out against gender-based violence and sexual harassment.
The Elementary Teachers' Federation of Ontario is committed to addressing issues of sexual harassment and gender-based violence in our schools, communities and workplaces. As educators, we recognize that the path towards social change includes supporting our members' understanding and bringing to light these issues.
This page provides key resources that ETFO offers in addressing issues of sexual harassment and gender-based violence. Highlighted are also community and government organizations that are focused on addressing these issues.
ETFO’s Constitution clearly states its commitment to social justice and equity. ETFO articulates this commitment in
a number of statements that include the recognition that discrimination at an individual and institutional level exists in our society and that discrimination is experienced differently by different groups, one of which is women, requiring support designed to meet its particular needs. ETFO is acting from an understanding of itself as an agent for social change.
As stated in its
Human Rights Statement, the Elementary Teachers’ Federation of Ontario is committed to providing an environment for members that is free from harassment and discrimination at all provincial and local Federation sponsored activities. Harassment and discrimination on the basis of a prohibited ground are violations of the Ontario Human Rights Code and are illegal.
ETFO defines harassment based on the following categories:
ETFO provides a structured and delineated process if you wish to file a complaint.
ETFO offers its members focused training workshops, conferences, curricular units and programs addressing the topic of violence against women and related gender-based issues.
PRS Matters Bulletins are written by the Professional Relations Services staff and are designed to keep members informed on a variety of important legal and professional issues affecting education workers. The following PRS Matters Bulletins pertain to issues specifically related to gender-based violence and sexual harassment: