Date: Wednesday, July 21, 2021
Time: 10:00 a.m.
Join the Subcommittee on Trade of the U.S. House Committee on Ways and Means, hosting experts on innovative approaches to combating forced labor in global supply chains and how U.S. resources can contribute to this fight. The event—”The Global Challenge of Forced Labor in Supply Chains: Strengthening Enforcement and Protecting Workers”—will include testimony by Neha Misra, Solidarity Center migration and human trafficking global lead.
Date: Wednesday, July 7
Time: 9:00 -10:00 a.m. EDT
Place: Virtual; registration required
Solidarity Center Migration and Human Trafficking Global Lead Neha Misra will participate in a panel discussion on FairSquare’s Five Corridors Project research, a two-year comparative research project that encompassed nine countries and five migration corridors. Moderated by Institute for Human Rights and Business (IHRB) Chief Executive John Morrison, the event “Destination, Destination, Destination – What Governments Can Do To Ensure Fair and Ethical Recruitment” will focus on the report’s key findings and recommendations, highlight successful interventions and provide recommendations for action. Other speakers include former U.S. Ambassador-at-Large to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons (retired) Luis C.deBaca and FairSquare founding Co-Director James Lynch.
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.
Date: Friday, June 11, 2021
Time: 1:00 – 2:30 p.m., EDT
Place: Virtual. Registration is required.
The Solidarity Center Asia Regional Program Director and Global March Against Child Labor Chairperson, Timothy Ryan, will provide welcoming remarks for this International Labor Organization (ILO)-Child Labor Coalition (CLC) event, featuring two panel discussions.
Read the agenda here.
Date: Thursday, May 13
Time: 2:00 -3:00 p.m., EDT
Place: Registration required
Join members of the Alliance to End Slavery and Trafficking (ATEST) and leaders from the Congressional Human Trafficking Caucus and the Senate Caucus to End Human Trafficking for a virtual briefing and discussion about initiatives to combat human trafficking during the 117th Congress.
- Moderator: Catherine Chen, Chief Executive Officer, Polaris
- Senator Rob Portman (R, Ohio), Senate Caucus to End Human Trafficking
- Representative Carolyn Maloney (D, New York), Congressional Human Trafficking Caucus
- Evelyn Chumbow, Human Trafficking Survivor Leader, Board Member of Free the Slaves
- Shawna Bader-Blau, Executive Director, Solidarity Center
- Dr. Hanni Stoklosa, MD, MPH, Chief Executive Officer, Heal Trafficking
- Anita Teekah, Senior Director of the Anti-trafficking Program, Safe Horizon
- Annick Febrey, Director of Government and Corporate Relations, Human Trafficking Institute
Date: Wednesday, April 28, 2021
Time: Noon – 1:30 p.m., EDT
Place: Virtual. Register here (required)
Join the Solidarity Center and Lawyers for Human Rights (LHR) for this important discussion on gender-based violence and harassment (GBVH), featuring a new, joint report on gender-based violence and harassment of women workers in the South African mining industry, with research directed by former member of the United Nations team of international experts on the Kasai, Democratic Republic of Congo, Sheila B. Keetharuth.
Michael Clements, event moderator, is program head for Lawyers for Human Rights. She clerked for the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia in The Hague and was awarded a post-graduate fellowship from the Columbia University Human Rights Institute to work with mining-affected communities in the Democratic Republic of Congo.
Sheila B. Keetharuth, former member of the United Nations team of international experts on the Kasai, Democratic Republic of Congo, is a human rights defender from Mauritius who has worked and travelled in mainland Africa for more than three decades. She has extensive experience in research, advocacy, litigation and training in Africa.
The Hon. Maria Teresa Manuela is African Commission Special Rapporteur on the Rights of Women, formerly Angola Commissioner and Special Rapporteur on Prisons, Conditions of Detention and Policing in Africa for the African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights.
Furaha Joy Sekai Saungweme is a lawyer and founder of Africa End Sexual Harassment Initiative (AESHI), a law reform and social movement project creating regional dialogue on sexual harassment and calling for the development of a regional model law on sexual harassment for Africa.
Brigadier Siachitema is an expert member of the Working Group of the Extractives of the African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights and South African Litigation Center legal consultant for women’s land and property rights. He has more than seven years’ experience litigating land rights disputes, property grabbing and gender-based violence. Previously, Siachitema was an advocate at International Justice Mission (IJM).
Date: March 19, 2021
Time: 9:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m. EST
Place: Virtual. Registration required
Join the four core institutes of the National Endowment for Democracy (NED) for a discussion of Ending Gender-Based Violence and Harassment at Work! The event is part of the NGO CSW65 Virtual Forum.
Evangelina Argueta Chinchilla, Federation Coordinator, FESITRATEMASH – General Workers Union Central of Honduras (CGT), Honduras
Others TBD. Check back March 10 for other speakers.
Registration is free, however, you must register as an “NGO CSW65 Virtual Forum Advocate” to access the virtual platform. Once you register as an Advocate, you will receive an email with the subject, “NGO CSW65 Virtual Forum Information” that contains a personalized link to access your account, set up a profile, and register for events. Once on the platform, you can use the search bar, and type in the name of the event to access and sign up to attend the event by clicking on the “+” sign to add the event to your own agenda in the platform. You can contact Nour Abdel-Ghani at firstname.lastname@example.org for assistance with these directions.
Date: March 17, 2021
Time: 9:00 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. EST
Place: Virtual. Registration required
- Rose Amamo, General Secretary, Amalgamated Union of Kenya Metal Workers, Central Organization of Trade Unions (COTU-K), Kenya
- Nadia Bergaoui, General Secretary, Media Officer and Women’s Affairs Officer of the Federation of Agriculture affiliated to the Tunisian General Labor Union (UGTT), Tunisia
- Gulnara Derbisheva, Director of Insan Leilek, Kyrgyzstan
- Iris Munguia, Women’s Coordinator of the Honduran Federation of Agro-industrial Unions (FESTAGRO), Honduras
- Ou Tepphallin, Cambodian Food and Service Workers Federation (CFSWF), Cambodia
Our event is part of the NGO CSW65 Virtual Forum. To join, please register as a “NGO CSW65 Virtual Forum Advocate,” which will give you access to the virtual platform. Once you register as an Advocate, you will receive an email with the subject, “NGO CSW65 Virtual Forum Information” that contains a personalized link to access your account, set up a profile, and register for events. Once on the platform, you can use the search bar and type in the name of the event to access and sign up to attend the event by clicking on the “+” sign to add the event to your own agenda in the platform. You can contact Nour Abdel-Ghani at email@example.com for assistance with these directions.
Date: March 8, 2021
Time: 9:00 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. EST
Place: Virtual. Registration required.
Join inspiring women union leaders from Colombia, Ghana, Palestine, Ukraine and the U.S. to learn how the world’s ever-essential women workers are organizing around the globe to promote and defend the rights of women workers to equality, good jobs and an end to violence and abuse. Co-sponsored by CLUW and the Solidarity Center.
Arabic and Spanish simultaneous interpretation will be provided.
الترجمة الفورية ستكون متاحة باللغتين العربية والأسبانية.
La interpretación simultánea estará disponible en árabe y español
Registration in advance is required.
Moderated by CLUW National President Elise Bryant
Labor Heritage Foundation Executive Director Elise Bryant was elected CLUW national president by Convention delegates in 2017. She served as bargaining unit chair at the National Labor College for eight years and is a longstanding member of the Communications Workers of America (CWA)/The News Guild (TNG).
Dr. Sanaa Alsarghali, Chairwoman, Women, Media and Development (TAM), Palestine
Dr. Sanaa Alsarghali is the elected chairwoman of Women, Media and Development (TAM), a non-governmental organization dedicated to correcting the stereotypical image of Palestinian women in the media. Last year she was appointed the UNESCO Chair on Human Rights, Democracy and Peace at An-Najah University. The first Palestinian woman to be awarded a Ph.D. in Constitutional Law, Alsarghali co-founded and directs the university’s constitutional studies center and serves on the Palestine Liberation Organization’s legislative drafting committee.
Yulia Batalina, President, WizzAir Local Union, Ukraine
Yulia Batalina, flight attendant for Hungary’s low-cost WizzAir airlines, has worked for the company for more than seven years and been recognized as one of the company’s best flight attendants. When working conditions for flight crews worsened significantly during the COVID-19 crisis, she organized her coworkers into a union to fight worker rights violations and protect their rights on the job.
Carolina Del Valle Hevia de Brandts, Secretary General, Union de Trabajadores de Plataformas–UNIDAPP, Colombia
Carolina Del Valle Hevia de Brandts founded Union de Trabajadores de Plataformas – UNIDAPP, a new union representing more than a thousand Colombian and Venezuelan workers delivering food from restaurants and grocery stores to homes. A recent refugee to Colombia, she while working for an online and app-driven food-delivery service she organized her coworkers and led protests demanding decent wages, job safety and health protections for gig economy workers in the country.
Emelia Ghansah, Training and Education Head, General Agricultural Workers’ Union of Ghana (GAWU), Ghana
Emelia Ghansah has more than 16 years of experience in the Ghana labor movement including almost two decades in labor education and, from 2008-2012, the organizing of rural women into the union. For GAWU, she coordinates a palm oil sector project for global union federation International Union of Food, Agricultural, Hotel, Restaurant, Catering, Tobacco and Allied Workers’ Associations (IUF) in five West African countries that is identifying health hazards to women on the plantations and promoting the appointment of women as health and safety representatives.
Koren M. Parker, President, CLUW Philadelphia Chapter and Staff Representative, AFSCME Council 13, U.S.
As Philly CLUW president, Koren M. Parker helps lead local initiatives furthering community-service work projects and anti-trafficking, and national initiatives addressing issues important to women and working families such as paid leave and closing the gender pay gap. As a staff representative at AFSCME Council 13, she represents rank and file members working for Lincoln and Cheyney Universities, Norristown Municipality, Merakey and the Commonwealth of Philadelphia. As an advocate for women’s rights and fair working conditions, Koren strives every day to better someone’s life.
Liz Shuler, Secretary-Treasurer, AFL-CIO, U.S.
Elizabeth H. Shuler is the AFL-CIO’s Secretary-Treasurer, its second ranking officer, the first woman elected to the position and the youngest woman ever on the federation’s Executive Council. Shuler oversees the federation’s operations and leads the AFL-CIO’s initiatives on the future of work, the clean energy economy, workforce development and empowering women and young workers.
New Solidarity Center Report: “What Difference Does a Union Make? Banana Plantations in the North and South of Guatemala”
Date: January 27, 2021
Time: 10 a.m., EST
Place: Virtual (registration details coming shortly)
Report author Pennsylvania State University’s Dr. Mark Anner will present report findings with Solidarity Center Executive Director Shawna Bader-Blau. They will be joined in discussion by the first woman coordinator of COLSIBA–the Latin American coordinating body of agricultural unions–Irís Munguía and a representative of the Guatemala banana workers’ union, SITRABI. Event contact: Tom Egan, firstname.lastname@example.org
December 18, 2020
The United Nations General Assembly proclaimed December 18 as International Migrants Day on the date in 1990 that the General Assembly adopted the International Convention on the Protection of the Rights of All Migrant Workers and Members of Their Families.
Labor migration feeds the global economy. There are an estimated 247 million migrants in the world, the overwhelming majority migrating for work. Migrant workers generated global remittances of more than $580 billion in 2013.
An estimated 200,000 Burmese migrants fuel Thailand’s huge fishing industry in Samut Sakhon province, an hour outside of Bangkok. Credit: Solidarity Center/Jeanne Hallacy
December 10, 2020
The United Nations General Assembly proclaimed December 10 as Human Rights Day in 1950, to bring to the attention to “the peoples of the world” the Universal Declaration of Human Rights as the common standard of achievement for all peoples and all nations.
Among its provisions, the Human Rights Declaration grants all people “the right to work, to free choice of employment, to just and favorable conditions of work and to protection against unemployment,” and the right to form and to join trade unions.
Domestic workers in Mexico cast their votes to form a union in August 2015. Credit: CACEH
December 2, 2020
There are 5.5 million child slaves in the world. This is just an estimate of the number of children in forced labor, because trafficking as an illicit crime is hard to measure. Children in slavery can be found all around you—be it in domestic homes, in shops, in roadside eateries, in agricultural farms, in factories, in brothels, in mines
#EndChildSlaveryWeek is a campaign to raise awareness on all forms of child slavery and to encourage everyone to raise our voices and take action against this modern day slavery.
November 24, 2020
One-third of women globally have experienced gender-based violence in their homes and on the job. Gender-based violence at work includes verbal abuse, threats of abuse, sexual abuse, bullying, psychological abuse, threats of murder and murder, economic and financial abuse, stalking and forced prostitution. Each year, the United Nations sets November 24 as a day to reflect on, and take action against, this pervasive scourge.
October 7, 2020
Decent work means not only employment, but workplaces that are safe, healthy and that provide workers with wages that support their families. Decent work is about fairness on the job and social protections for workers when they are sick, injured or retire.
Date: 1 October 2020
This high-level meeting of the General Assembly will focus on the overall theme, “The Future We Want, the United Nations We Need: Reaffirming Our Collective Commitment to Multilateralism—Confronting COVID-19 Through Collective Multilateralism.”
Date: September 16.
Time: 11:30 AM-1:00 PM, U.S. Eastern Standard.
Join Solidarity Center Executive Director Shawna Bader-Blau as she moderates questions for this Business and Human Rights Resource Center event, led by Mary Robinson, former UN Human Rights High Commissioner. Panelists include:
* Sharan Burrow, ITUC General Secretary
* Anannya Bhattacharjee,International Coordinator, Asia Floor Wage Alliance
* Mónica Ramírez, Founder & President, Justice for Migrant Women
* Leah Eryenyu, Research, Advocacy and Movement Building Manager, Akina Mama wa Afrika
* Thulsi Narayanasamy, Senior Labour Researcher, Business & Human Rights Resource Centre
* David Pitt-Watson, Co-Founder, Hermes Focus Asset Management
Registration is required. A Zoom meeting link will be emailed to event registrants one week before the event.
July 30, 2020
Each year millions of children, women and men from all regions of the world are trafficked, their hope stolen. Today year marks the second United Nations World Day against Trafficking in Persons to raise awareness about this crime, and to send a message of hope to all those trapped in this abuse.
July 18, 2020
The global union movement celebrates Nelson Mandela on the 97th anniversary of his birth. Nelson Mandela International Day was launched in 2009 via unanimous decision of the United Nations General Assembly.
In championing justice, equality and democracy, Mandela made it clear that worker rights are an essential part of achieving those goals. As he said: “The kind of democracy that we all seek to build demands that we deepen and broaden the rights of all citizens. This includes a culture of workers’ rights.”
June 16, 2020
Today marks the fourth anniversary of the United Nation’s passage of Domestic Workers Convention 189, which asserts that domestic workers are entitled to the same basic rights as those available to other workers, including weekly days off, limits to hours of work, minimum wage coverage, overtime compensation, and clear information on the terms and conditions of employment.
June 12, 2020
The most recent global estimates suggest some 120 million children between the ages of 5 and 14 are involved in child labor, with boys and girls in this age group almost equally affected. The persistence of child labor is rooted in poverty and lack of decent work for adults, lack of social protection and a failure to ensure that all children are attending school through to the legal minimum age for admission to employment.
The annual World Day Against Child Labor, established by the United Nations, is an opportunity to raise your voice against child labor and in the call for all children to have a right to education.
April 28, 2020
This year the ILO’s World Day for Safety and Health at Work joins with the World Day Against Child Labor for a campaign to improve the safety and health of young workers and end child labor.
The 541 million young workers (15-24 years old) account for more than 15 per cent of the world’s labor force and suffer up to a 40 percent higher rate of non-fatal occupational injuries than adult workers older than 25.
April 4, 2020
Workers will commemorate the anniversary of the deadly Rana Plaza building collapse in Bangladesh, in which 1,100 garment workers were killed as the multi-story building pancaked in a preventable accident that also left thousands severely injured. Years later, many survivors and their families say they have received little or no compensation, and many survivors are unable to work again.
Wednesday, March 11, 2020
In a parallel event in conjunction with the 64th session of the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women (CSW), this Solidarity Center-cosponsored event will provide worker, human and women’s rights organizations a forum to discuss the role of unions in creating a feminist world of work. Co-sponsors include AWID, International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC), Just Associates (JASS) and Global Fund for Women.
Time: 8:30-10:00 A.M.
Place: Church Center for the United Nations, 777 First Avenue at 44th Street, NYC
February 20, 2020
The United Nations’ (UN) World Day of Social Justice is annually observed on February 20 to encourage people to look at how social justice affects poverty eradication. It also focuses on the goal of achieving full employment and support for social integration.
Friday, January 17, 2020
Hosted by the Office of U.S. House Representative Pramila Jayapal and the Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus, this briefing will focus on the prevalence of trafficking, severe labor exploitation, wage theft and abuse and harassment in the domestic work industry. Speakers will explain the impacts of these abuses on workers and their families, the reasons for the abuse and the most promising solutions. Includes Alexis De Simone, Solidarity Center program officer.
Time: 12-1:15 P.M.
Place: Longworth House Office Building 1539
Wednesday, January 15, 2020
Join the Tom Lantos Human Rights Commission for a hearing on the effect the Trafficking Victims Protection Act (TVPA) has had in addressing the scourge of sex and labor trafficking around the world. The Commission will host experts to discuss innovative approaches to combating modern slavery and how U.S. resources contribute to this fight. Includes panelist Neha Misra, Solidarity Center Senior Specialist – Migration and Human Trafficking.
Time: 2:00 P.M.
Place: 2200 Rayburn House Office Building
For questions, contact Piero Tozzi at 202-225-3765 (for Rep. Smith) or Kimberly Stanton at 202-225-3599 (for Rep. McGovern).
The hearing will be livestreamed via the Commission website.
Date: October 20, 2020
Time: 9:00 a.m. New York
Place: Virtual (registration required)
This virtual side event will bring together women civil society leaders from around the world to discuss the findings of the report “Celebrating Women in Civil Society and Activism,” in which Special Rapporteur on the rights to freedom of peaceful assembly and of association, Clement N. Voule, explores the myriad ways in which women’s organizations and movements have contributed to the advancement of human rights. The event is co-organized by OHCHR, ICNL, Women’s Major Group, CIVICUS, Solidarity Center, Women’s March Global, Access Now, Mesoamerican Initiative for Women Human Rights Defenders, the World Movement for Democracy, Freedom House and the Geneva Academy.
French and Spanish interpretation will be provided.
Registration in advance is required.
Date: Friday, July 17, 2020
Time: 9:00-10:30 a.m. New York
A discussion moderated by the Solidarity Center’s Jeffrey Vogt with Clément Voule, United Nations Special Rapporteur on the rights to freedom of peaceful assembly and of association, to discuss the report he presented to the United Nations Human Rights Council on the 10th anniversary of the mandate of the UN Special Rapporteur (UNSR FoAA). Speakers include ILO Freedom of Association Branch Chief, Karen Curtis; Sri Lanka’s Ceylon Mercantile, Industrial and General Workers’ Union Legal Consultant Lakmali Hemachandra; and Zimbabwe Congress of Trade Unions President Peter Mutasa.
French and Spanish simultaneous interpretation will be provided.
Registration in advance is required.
Accelerating the Realization of Gender Equality and the Empowerment of all Women and Girls [Virtual]
Date: Tuesday, July 21, 2020
Time: 10:00-11:45 a.m. New York
This session will highlight current challenges and opportunities for accelerating action for gender equality and the empowerment of all women and girls, through implementation of the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action and the gender-responsive implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. The Solidarity Center’s Robin R. Runge, Equality and Inclusion Co-Director, will participate as part of a labor delegation advocating for ratification of the International Labor Organization’s Violence and Harassment Convention, 2019 (C190).
Registration is not required to view the webcast.