FTTUB National Women Conference for International Women’s Day


On 9 March the National conference of FTTUB Women’s committee will take place in Sofia. “Women of FTTUB: an active factor in the fight for equality”. The president of FTTUB Ekaterina Yordanova will open the event, and the Mayor of Sofia Mrs. Yordanka Fandakova will be an honorary guest. The event will be attended by union leaders, women activists, representatives of the Confederation of the independent trade unions in Bulgaria (CITUB), guests from the administration of Sofia Municipality, employers.

The main topic of the event is the Third goal of the “Millennium Development Goals of the UN”, aimed at removing inequalities, promoting gender equality on all levels and empowering women. FTTUB experts will present the gender pay gap as an indicator of the inequality between women and men, as well as FTTUB’s activities fighting inequality on a national and international level.

FTTUB Women’s committee takes active part in ITF campaign for International Women’s Day, which this year is dedicated to Jimena Lopez – founder and president of the Ecuadorian trade union SITA. Lopez has been dismissed because of her successful trade union activities and selfless work to protect the rights of members of her organization. During FTTUB Women’s conference delegates will send a message of solidarity with Jimena and will receive campaign materials (fliers and posters) to help them share the news about the campaign with their colleagues and draw bigger support for Jimena.

Two other international campaigns dedicated to women’s rights and workers’ rights in general will also be presented on the conference. FTTUB is an active participant in both of them. The first campaign is “Right to strike: sometimes you have to say NO!”, organized by the International Trade Unions Confederation (ITUC), International Transport workers’ Federation (ITF), Public Services International (PSI) and other international federations representing workers from various sectors. The main aim is to protect and assert the legality of the right to strike as guaranteed by ILO’s Convention 87. The other campaign is organized by ITUC, supported by ITF and other international sectoral federations. The goal of this campaign is to introduce a new ILO convention on gender-based violence at the workplace. As a tradition ITUC focused its attention to this problem on 25 November , the International Day for the elimination of violence against women. Now, with International Women’s Day, this topic is important and relevant too, all the more as on 12 March starts the next GB session of the ILO, where world trade unions want to put forward the topic of the new convention.

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