IFJ Marks Central Role of Gender at World Congress with Special Exhibition

To mark the central role of Gender at this year's

World Congress, the IFJ has created a digital Gender Exhibition.


The exhibition,

which was put together by members of the IFJ gender council, features a range

of pictures from across the world, most of which have been taken by women. It conveys

a positive message that women can play a determinant role in trade unions and

the economy, whether in front of or behind the camera.


To view the photo

exhibition, just click on the link in the Photo Gallery on the IFJ World

Congress website, or click on this link: IFJ Gender Exhibition.pptx The exhibition will also be played on

screen during the Congress period.

The issue of Gender

will be a key focus throughout the World Congress week.

On Monday 3 June,

the Gender Council meeting, beginning at 9:30am, will be held at Liberty Hall,

while there will be a Special Sisters in Union event at 7pm at the Teachers

Club to celebrate the contribution of the women who took part in the 1913

Lockout in Dublin, a seminal event in the history of the Irish and

international labour movement.

Check out the

Agenda to learn more about these events. 

Gender policy of the


The IFJ has adopted the policy of "mainstreaming" as the primary method to

support gender work, both in the unions and within the IFJ itself. Mainstreaming means that every policy

decision and topic for debate will have been scrutinised for its impact on

women specifically and gender equality in general.

Additionally, this means that to promote equality

steps will be taken to lessen negative impacts and to increase those with a

positive impact in the decisions made.*Please

not that while the concept is about addressing any imbalance between the sexes,

ideally the implementation should enrich and inform the debate and policies for



of the most important aspects of mainstreaming is that it cannot only be the

women who participate and work with awareness of gender issues.


can contribute to Mainstreaming at Congress by:

- Looking out for gender impacts of the topics/and or

motions at the congress that might effect their own region or union, and

discuss these with women from their unions in preparation.

- Volunteering to bring these issues, or one of those

arising from the debate at Congress, to the floor as questions to aid and

inform debates.

- Encouraging the active participation of women

delegates in major issues, decisions and participation during the main

congress, not only those of gender.

- Encouraging male delegates to actively participate,

where possible, in raising gender issues impacting on female journalists in

their own regions.

- Actively encouraging women delegates to stand for

committees and decision-making bodies.

- Using the information offered to inform decisions to

lessen the negative impacts and promote the positive impacts in policy

decisions and votes taken

For more information, please contact IFJ on + 32 2 235 22 17
The IFJ represents more than 600.000 journalists in 134 countries