As the preparations of the 3rd congress of the BWI get underway, hundreds of delegates around the world began to make their way to Bangkok, Thailand. The long trip for some delegates did not seem to tire them as they greeted old comrades just before the gender thematic forum on “Jobs for All, Justice for All: What Does It Mean for Women Workers”. For Ambet Yuson, general secretary of the BWI : “Women continue to be so under-represented in decision making bodies of trade unions and few are in leadership positions. The BWI believes that gender equality can be achieved by ensuring women are addressed effectively.”
Women are often under-represented in total membership of trade unions-about 20% of the BWI global trade union membership. They are also under-represented in decision making bodies of trade unions and few are in leadership positions.
In addition women workers face double forms of work - inside and outside the home - which limits their ability to play a more active role in trade unions.
For those of you who are interested, the BWI carried out a research study on women in the BWI sectors giving a global overview of women in the BWI sectors, issues of main concern in construction and wood, responses by BWI and affiliates as well as case studies of that women are fully integrated into trade unions and that barriers for equal participation of gender-related activities and programmes conducted by affiliates.
See the study here