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.
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.
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.
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, 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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.”
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.
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.
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.”
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: 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.
November 25, 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.
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.
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
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