Gender in trade union work : experiences and challenges / [publ. by the Project Group for Development Policy, Division for International Development Cooperation, Christiane Kesper] - [Electronic ed.] - Bonn, 1998 - 59 S. = 245 KB, Text . - ("Gender" in der Internationalen Zusammenarbeit ; 1) - ISBN 3-86077-716-5
Electronic ed.: Bonn : FES Library, 2001

© Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung


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„Gender" in der Internationalen Zusammenarbeit

Genre dans la Coopération International
Género en la Cooperación Internacional
Gender in International Cooperation


Gender in Trade Union Work
Experience and Challenges

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The series "Gender in International Cooperation" addresses current issues of the discussion on gender. It is meant as a forum for discussing political options for and international experiences in implementing gender-oriented policies with the aim of improving the general socio-political conditions. This series is intended as a contribution to gender equality between women and men in shaping the economic, political and social developments of their countries.

ISSN 1435–5426
ISBN 3–86077–716–5

This series appears at irregular intervals. It may be ordered free of charge at the Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung.

Published by Project Group for Development Policy, Division for International Development
Cooperation, Christiane Kesper
Editing: Ulrike Ehnes

Copyright 1998 by Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung
Godesberger Allee 149, D-53175 Bonn, (Fax: 0049-228-883.600)
Layout: PAPYRUS – Schreib- und Büroservice, Bonn
Printed in Germany

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In the past few years, trade union work has taken up new, qualitative challenges. This is not only true of the Trade Unions themselves but even more so of the organizations who have friendly ties with trade union organizations and work with them. The correct answers must be found vis-à-vis the structural changes taking place not only at international level but also in society itself.

The question of incorporating Gender-policies into national and international trade union work and making them become a reality must be seen within this context.

This was the reason why, the Friedrich Ebert Stiftung invited German and International trade union representatives to take part in a workshop dealing with the topic of "Gender in Trade Union Work" that took place on October the 20th and 21st of 1998 in Bonn, as a preparation for the ICFTU-Conference that was to deal with the issue of: "Gender in the International Trade Union Development Work".

The reports herein compiled concerning the situation of women in a constantly changing world of work and the examples given of the integration of Gender aspects into the work of trade unions, should facilitate the understanding and realization of operational gender-oriented approaches.

Rüdiger Sielaff
Trade Union Coordination IET

Chistiane Kesper
Gender Coordinator

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Table of Contents

Glossary of Terms




Dr. Helena Hirata
Gender and International Labour Relations


Dr. Gisela Notz
"Gender in Trade Union Work"
The Globalisation or Feminisation of Work


Jane Tate
HomeNet – Organising Homebased Women Workers


Dr. Barbara Stiegler
Gender-appropriate Trade Union Activities – the Example of Bargaining Policy


Maria Berenice Godinho Delgado
Affirmative Action in the Trade Union Movement – Its Experience concerning the Quota System in the Central Unica dos Trabalhadores – CUT – Brazil


The Authors


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Glossary of Terms *

* [Kate Philipps, Active Learning Centre, Glasgow for ICFTU International Workshop on Integration of Gender Perspectives in Trade Union Development Co-operation Activities. 23-25 October 1997.]

Gender: learned roles and responsibilities of men and women in society; different in different cultures; male and female behaviour and ways of being.

Gender analysis: collection of information to study the impact of development activities on men and women; analysis of the effect of gender roles on the outcome of development efforts.

Gender sensitivity: being sensitive and responsive to the different roles of men and women and their effects.

Gender perspective: not women alone, but the relationship between men and women. The outcomes of policy, the benefits to each.

Gender integration: the process of identification of different needs which are both practical (immediate) and strategic (underlying). The identification of objectives and an action plan. The monitoring and management of the plan.

Gender management system: the organisation put in place to monitor and manage the integration of gender into an institution.

Indicators: practical ways in which outcomes can be measured.

Mainstreaming: the integration of gender into planning; the transformation of planning through a gender perspective.

Disaggregated data: collection of separate information about men and women to allow gapos in the benefits to each to be easily seen.

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