In July 2013, the Solidarity Center hosted a meeting of nearly 100 worker/activists, union leaders, and academics to share experiences and ideas for advancing women’s labor rights and gender equality. The conference focused on three themes: women’s labor rights in agriculture and light manufacturing—two sectors that between them employ hundreds of millions of women around the world and which are central to the economic development of many countries—and transformational leadership in unions. Transformational leadership is a way of leading based on inclusion, power sharing, participation, and collective analysis that enables and relies upon workers’ voices to be front and center and readily embodies gender equality as a core principle.
Participants’ inspiring and insightful presentations and discussions reflected the scope, power and depth of women’s leadership in the international labor movement.
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Opening Remarks and Welcome
• Organizing Women in the Agricultural Sector
• Building Women’s Power in Times of Political Change: Examples from MENA
• Mechanisms for Increasing Women’s Participation in Unions: Education, Policies, Quotas and Budgets
• Women Workers Organizing: Examples from India, Brazil and Liberia