Celebrating Women in Civil Society and Activism [UN side event to the 75th General Assembly]

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.

Building a Just Recovery: Workers’ Views on the Post-pandemic Economy

Date: September 16.

Time: 11:30 AM-1:00 PM, U.S. Eastern Standard.

Place: Virtual.

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.


November 25, 2020

Gender-based violence at work, Solidarity Center

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.

Webinar Series: 10 Years Protecting Freedom of Assembly and Association Worldwide

rule of law, Solidarity Center, International Lawyers Assisting Workers network, ILAWDate: 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.


December 10, 2020

decent work, Mexico, domestic workers, Solidarity Center

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

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

Place: Public webcast from United Nations Headquarters

gender-based violence at work, ILO C190, worker rights, Nigeria, Solidarity CenterThis 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.


July 30, 2020

trafficking in persons, Solidarity Center, UN

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.

Find out more.


June 12, 2020

child labor, Solidarity Center

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.

Find out more.


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

Bangladesh, garment workers, fire safety, Solidarity Center

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.

Unions Leading: Creation of a Feminist World of Work

CSW64, Solidarity Center, ILO Convention 190, gender-based violence at work

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

World Day of Social Justice

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.

Briefing on the Trafficking and Severe Labor Exploitation of Domestic Workers

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

RSVP here.

The Trafficking Victims Protection Act at 20: A Look Back – and a Look Ahead 

Wednesday, January 15, 2020

Tom Lantos Human Rights Commission logo, seal

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.

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