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The women’s revolution: what the coup means for gender equality in Myanmar

12 May, 2021A few weeks ago, a strange sight began appearing in the streets of Myanmar (Burma). Women have been hanging their traditional htamein – the pieces of cloth they wear as skirts – from ropes tied to windows or utility poles, suspending them above the streets like decoration for a parade. Some attach them to sticks and carry them as flags. These women are not simply putting out the laundry; they are protesting the coup d’état staged by the Burmese military on 1 February.

Zimbabwe: gender champions to curb sexual harassment at work

26 April, 2021IndustriALL affiliates in Zimbabwe met in Harare 20-21 April to launch a gender champions strategy to stop gender-based violence and sexual harassment at the workplace and in the unions.

IndustriALL executive committee stands firm against repression

23 April, 2021IndustriALL’s executive committee brought together hundreds of trade unionists online to discuss strategies, solutions and solidarity. Today’s meeting is the last one before IndustriALL’s third Congress in September, which will be entirely virtual.

Domestic violence and the role of trade unions explained

11 March, 2021Although domestic violence may originate in the home, it can spill over into the world of work. Domestic violence is also a health and safety issue, representing a risk for the health and safety of the victims/survivors, as well as their co-workers.

Defending gender equality during the pandemic

8 March, 2021The health and economic crisis brought on by Covid-19 risks exacerbating gender inequalities, and narrow gains made risk being lost. Trade unions need to take action.

What unions can do to put a stop to domestic violence

23 February, 2021PART 3: "Domestic violence and the role of trade unions explained". As unions we need a game plan to tackle domestic violence; here is how we can do it.

Recognizing domestic violence

23 February, 2021PART 2: "Domestic violence and the role of trade unions explained". We cannot fight domestic violence if we are not able to recognize it.

Unions push to ratify ILO Convention 190

4 February, 2021Since the start of 2021, three countries have voted in favor of authorizing the ratification of Convention 190 on the elimination of violence and harassment in the world of work.

Gender audits in Zambia and Zimbabwe to protect women’s rights at work

28 January, 2021A number of IndustriALL affiliates in Zambia and Zimbabwe are implementing recommendations from gender audits that took place in November and December 2020. The gender audits are a response to reports of increased violence against women during the Covid-19 lockdowns in most countries in Sub Saharan Africa.

Middle East and North Africa unions campaign for ratification of ILO C190

8 January, 2021An increase in gender-based violence during the Covid-19 crisis has led unions in the region to mobilize at an unprecedented level to demand that governments ratify ILO Convention 190.