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Parole de déléguées

Un grand enthousiasme règne sur cette conférence ! Comment maintenir la dynamique ?

Nous avons entendu une participante suggérer que les structures et les attitudes dans le syndicat empêchent souvent les femmes d’atteindre de nombreux objectifs qui pourraient faire progresser la cause de femmes et qui contribuent à l’égalité des genres.

Avez-vous vécu des expériences similaires ? Comment avez-vous réagi dans de telles situations ? Partagez votre expérience, aidez vos camarades à atteindre leurs objectifs.

Wilma Clement, Barbados Workers' Union.

 

28 January 2014
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La force des femmes et des jeunes dans le Port de Mombasa

Quand le Syndicat des dockers du Kenya a été informé de la proposition de privatisation du Port de Mombasa, les femmes et les jeunes ont décidé d’enrayer ce projet.

Ils ont tout d’abord entrepris une recherche et un mappage ; ceci a provoqué un changement dans les statuts du syndicat pour que les travailleurs importants, y compris les conducteurs longue distance qui travaillaient dans le port, puissent être syndiqués. Une formation a été fournie aux personnels pour qu’ils puissent travailleur comme organisateurs syndicaux.

Le groupe a identifié et mobilisé d’autres groupes concernés, comme la population locale, des groupes religieux, les média et des ONG. Ils ont collaboré avec les média pour garantir la visibilité du problème aux yeux du public, et pour partager des informations les plus récentes.

Des hommes politiques ont été interrogés, ou leurs intérêts dans les projets de privatisation ont été révélés au public ; suite à cela, un grand nombre de candidats à des postes politiques ont décidé de soutenir les travailleurs.

Grâce à la détermination, l’ingéniosité et l’inventivité des femmes, les travailleurs ont remporté la bataille.

Wilma Clement, Barbados Workers' Union

28 January 2014
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Women make a different

How important it is for us to recognize and celebrate our heroes and she-roes!

We must not, in trying to think about how we can make a big difference, ignore the small daily difference we can make which, over time, add up to big differences that we often cannot foresee.

In politics if you want anything said, ask a man. If you want anything done, ask a woman.

Apinya Tajit

Thailand

28 January 2014
Participant Reporter
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Unfair !!!

“I’ve often thought it unfair that women are expected to stay at home when there’s a fight to be won. If a woman has the strength to bear a child, she can swing a sword as well as any man.” Apinya

28 January 2014
Participant Reporter
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Violence against women must end

Ending violence against women is everyone’s responsibility. We envision a safe and just world where women and girls are in control of their lives and live free from violence. Violence against women must end, because: • It violates women’s and girls’ right to a life in safety. • It causes physical and psychological harm that reduces women’s and girls’ ability to lead a normal life, obtain the education they need, earn a living, develop their own future and participate in public life. Most survivors of violence against women do not get support in their efforts to overcome the consequences of violence. Dedicated psychosocial, health and legal services tend to be few and far between. Social norms often “blame the victim”, i.e. they hold survivors responsible for their ordeal. As a result, many survivors find themselves socially marginalized and debilitated by crippling health conditions such as chronic pain, severe injuries, or depression. We should be support a wide spectrum of efforts to end violence against women, including: • Advocacy for better laws and better enforcement of laws and policies, so that women’s rights are enshrined in national legislation and women can safely take legal action. We should supports women’s organizations and networks, as well as other organizations that support women’s rights, to undertake such advocacy. • Services to support survivors of violence against women in ways that enable them to take their lives in their own hands and provides capacity building and networking opportunities. • Campaigns for change in social norms and behavior condoning violence against women (for example the norm that husbands and fathers must “discipline” their wives and daughters). Sensitization meetings, peer education by community volunteers, , and other mass communication are commonly used in such campaigns. • Girls’ empowerment through dedicated projects and as part of education programs that strengthen girls’ capacity to protect themselves and claim their rights. • Engaging men and boys so that they contribute to ending violence against women. Many men and boys are perpetrators of violence against women, but that does not mean that all men are violent. Arguably, most men and boys would prefer to live without violence, and can play an important role to change social norms. They are important allies for us . Therefore, we and its partners encourage men and boys: • To develop non-violent ways to be “real men” and to respect women as equals • To support women survivors of violence against women • Invite men and boys to participate in the struggle to end violence against women, as equals and allies to women’s organizations • Preventing violence against women makes sure women participate in planning and implementing humanitarian interventions. • Promoting women’s leadership for change towards greater equality between women and men (“women’s transformative leadership”), to ensure women obtain equal access to resources and opportunities

 

Apinya Tajit Thailand

28 January 2014
Participant Reporter