Withon Carolina Llanos
Decent Life for Women"
Some 450 union delegates from 100 countries will
gather in Brussels on Oct. 19-21 for the first ITUC World Women’s
Conference to examine the impact of the global employment crisis on
women and design an international trade union action plan to improve
labor security, wages and working conditions.
first World Women’s Conference of the International Trade Union
“Decent Work, Decent Life for Women",
will examine how trade unions are taking the lead on economic and
social justice and equality.
spoke with Carolina Llanos, Gender and Equal Opportunities
Secretary of the Argentine Union of Rural Workers and Stevedores (UATRE),
who will participate in the event in representation of the General
Labor Confederation (CGT).
-What are the key topics that will be discussed in the Conference?
-Addressing international labor standards from a gender perspective,
decent work, climate change, social security, food security,
illiteracy, the rights of migrant women, women as decision-makers
and the situation of young women at work and in trade unions are
issues all that I would highlight.
Personally, once I’m there, I hope to focus my participation on the
issue of food sovereignty. We know from Rel-UITA that the
analysis of this issue was a demand brought to the ITUC
Executive Board* by Colombia’s
who, like me, is also a member of our organization’s Latin American
-What are your expectations?
-This kind of activity is new to me. I hope I can rise to the
occasion and represent my country as it deserves to be represented,
and come back enhanced, both as a worker and as a woman, to share
with rural workers the different experiences that we’ll be living in
Brussels this week.
your opinion, what does this first women workers’ conference mean?
-It’s essential that we hold this kind of meetings, because that way
women workers can share experiences that in the short and medium
term contribute to strengthen our struggle for better working and
living conditions for women around the world, a struggle that must
involve the entire labor movement.
October 22, 2009
Montevideo, Amalia Antúnez
October 6-8, 2009