Trade union fight for gender and ethnic equality

Proposed by the Federação Nacional dos Jornalistas (FENAJ)

The World Congress of the International Federation of Journalists, meeting in Angers from June 7th – 10th 2016,

whereas hatred and intolerance have permeated sexist, homophobic, racist and xenophobic discourses around the world, having harmful impacts on the work environment;

whereas, in order to combat the rise of racism in the world, the UN has proclaimed the International Decade for People of African Descent, beginning on January 31, 2015 and ending on December 31, 2024, which aims to raise visibility on the issue and promote respect among all peoples and fulfilment of all human rights and fundamental freedoms by people of African descent;

whereas discrimination takes place mainly in the work environment, where women of African descent are twice as discriminated against for their colour and gender;

whereas wages and conditions are unequal for people of African descent, both men and women;

considering the conditions of exploitation and inequalities that affect female journalists working in the press and in the media, resulting from the crisis and neoliberal gender policies, which aggravates the wage gap between men and women, discrimination, sexual abuse and harassment;

Congress believes that the trade union movement of journalists has great responsibility regarding this issue and must take up the fight against discrimination and, therefore, agrees that IFJ affiliates must fight to:

  1. implement ILO Convention 111 in media companies, which addresses discrimination in respect of employment and occupation on the basis of race, colour, sex, religion, political opinion, national extraction or social origin, and promotes equality of opportunity or treatment in employment or occupation;
  2. implement ILO Convention 100 in media companies, which addresses equal remuneration for men and women workers for work of equal value;
  3. immediately implement, in media companies, the necessary measures to eliminate gender discrimination and to achieve equal opportunities for men and women in employment or occupation.

Carried unanimously