13th meeting of the ITUC-Africa Women’s Committee

15 October 2018 Lomé , Togo
Keywords : Togo

In accordance with its statute, ITUC Africa Women’s Committee held its 13th meeting on Monday, October 15th in Lome, at the headquarters of the organisation, (Fopadesc).
This meeting was an opportunity for women leaders, on one hand to take stock of the activities of the past year that marked the world of work and which particularly affected women and on the other to plan future events.

Twenty women (8 members of the women’s committee and 12 observers) participated in this meeting and agreed on the setting up of a platform which will allow them to share information, show solidarity by confronting difficulties and giving mutual assistance.

At the end of the meeting, recommendations were formulated by the committee then presented and adopted by the General Council of ITUC-Africa.
These recommendations include:

  • The development of a database of women leaders in each organization and getting them prepared for elections through pre-congresses or women’s congresses before the elective date of their organization
  • The use of ICTs and social networks to share information and good practices;
  • Women’s participation in the next Congress of ITUC and that of ITUC Africa next year
  • the establishment of a women’s committee and a gender policy document in national organizations
  • Women’s committees are called upon to encourage the regular formation of youth committees, the respect of quotas of 40% or at least 30% of young people and women in the decision-making bodies of the trade union centers
  • the establishment of a national network of women trade unionists in countries where there is more than one national center;
  • lobbying and advocacy for the adoption of a convention and recommendation on violence against women in the workplace
  • women’s participation in high-level meetings such as the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women (New York, 2018)

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