Be More Than a Bystander Program

The United Steelworkers union is partnering with the Canadian Football Players Association (CFLPA) on a ground-breaking initiative to “break the silence” on gender-based violence. 

The program will break the silence surrounding violence against women and girls by providing tools, language and practical ideas about how to be more than a bystander, how to speak up and how to communicate that violence and abuse is not acceptable.

Central to the program is the recognition that the vast majority of men do not commit violence against women, but rather care deeply about the women and girls in their lives and in the world, and then asking those men to take ownership and play an active role in creating positive change. The 90-minute presentation will be delivered by spokespeople to work as male allies to combat gender-based violence. 

In 2021, we will be training 20 USW and 20 CFLPA spokespeople to deliver the 90-minute presentation. This facilitator training is designed specifically for male members who will then be equipped to deliver the 90-minute presentations to members of their local, other locals, Area Councils, workplaces and other USW activists.

The spokespeople training session will be held early 2022 in Ontario. The Education Fund will reimburse locals for all costs related to lost wages, travel, accommodation and any other expenses.

The application deadline is November 17, 2021.

Please encourage local leaders and activists to identify and support USW male members who are interested in becoming spokesmen to deliver the presentation to members.

For any questions, please contact

Submit your application online or download the application here.