To mark the central role of Gender at this year's
World Congress, the IFJ has created a digital Gender 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
- 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
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