Date: Tuesday, June 22, 2021
Time: 9:00 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. EDT
Place: Virtual. Registration is required.
On June 25, 2021, International Labor Organization Convention 190 on the elimination of violence and harassment in the world of work, including gender-based violence and harassment, enters into force.
Come join us to recognize this landmark event as women unionists and feminist activists from around the world discuss how they are using the Convention to advocate and organize to prevent gender-based violence and harassment in the world of work.
Event co-sponsors include the Association for Women’s Rights in Development (AWID), International Domestic Workers Federation (IDWF), International Lawyers Assisting Workers Network (ILAW), International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC), International Transport Workers’ Federation (ITF), Just Associates (JASS), Solidarity Center and Women in Informal Employment: Globalizing and Organizing (WIEGO).
Moderated by Chidi King, ITUC Equality Department Director
Chidi King worked previously on equality, employment rights and civil liberties issues with the UK Trade Union Congress (TUC), and as the equality and rights officer with global union federation Public Services International (PSI). Chidi graduated in law from the University of Birmingham and from the Inns of Court School of Law (now The City Law School).
Salamatu Aliu, Vice President and National Women Commission Chair, Nigeria Labor Congress (NLC), Nigeria
Salamatu Aliu has more than 19 years of experience in education, labor, human rights and social justice activism. As coordinator of West Africa Women in Education Network (WAWEN) and deputy president of the African Women in Education Network (AWEN), her support of education workers has helped strengthen trade union structures in West and Central Africa.
Nelie Dina Kahua, General Secretary, Namibian Domestic and Allied Workers Union (NDAWU), Namibia
Nelie Dina Kahua has served as NDAWU General Secretary and head of the NDAWU Administration Department for five years. She has seven years of experience working for NDAWU’s Voluntary Committee and 17 years of experience as a housekeeper.
Isela Juárez, President, Union of Municipal Service Workers (SITRASEMCA), Honduras
Isela Juarez heads the municipal workers’ union in Tocoa, Honduras, where she is a leading figure for the defense of working people’s rights in the region. She is a¬ founding member and regional coordinator of the Honduran Network Against Anti-Union Violence, formed in response to more than a decade of sustained anti-union attacks and threats against SITRASEMCA leaders—including Isela. She represented Honduran workers at the 2019 International Labor Conference during the passage of Convention 190 and is building support within the labor movement to combat gender-based violence in the world of work in Honduras.
Touriya Lahrech, National Council Member, Democratic Labor Confederation (CDT), Morocco
Touriya Lahrech is a member of the CDT National Council and the Second Chamber of the Moroccan Parliament (House of Representatives), where she represents the union by proposing, advocating and passing national laws. She has championed women’s rights for more than two decades, including as president of the Moroccan Contribution Forum, an independent and progressive NGO that fights for human rights and advocates for social protection for women in the informal economy. The Forum is a founding member of Coalition 190, a group of unions and civil society organizations that are leading a national campaign for Morocco’s ratification of ILO Convention 190.