Since 1980, IUF Congresses have unanimously adopted resolutions reaffirming the principles of equal opportunities for men and women:


  • Equal rights and access to decent employment, training and professional advancement;
  • Equal pay for work of equal value;
  • The right to combine work and family responsibilities;
  • Fair representation of women in decision-making bodies at all levels of trade unions (local, national, regional, international) according to the rules of the IUF;
  • The right to be Safe at work, Safe at home.

Patricia Alonso

Chair, Women's Committee

IUF Contact

Julie Duchatel

E: [email protected]

ILO Convention 190

Campaign for the ratification of C190 and the elimination of violence and harassment in the world of work.

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IUF Action Program for Equality

The IUF Action Programme for Equality 2017-2022 guides our equality related policies and actions since it was adopted by the IUF Women’s Conference and IUF Congress in 2017.

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Key Developments

Guatemala: FESTRAS union leader brutally beaten

28/09/2020

Odilia Caal Có, local leader in a branch of the IUF-affiliated Federación Sindical de Trabajadores de la Alimentación, Agroindustria y...

C190 and R206: tools for reshaping the world of work

19/06/2020

June 21, 2020 is the first anniversary of the International Labour Conference's adoption of Convention 190 (C190) and Recommendation 206...

International union coalition demands action to combat sexual harassment at McDonald’s restaurants

19/05/2020

The IUF and our regional European organization EFFAT-IUF have joined with the IUF-affiliated SEIU in the USA and Canada and...

International Nurses Day 2020 – support PSI’s call for universal public health care!

08/05/2020

The COVID-19 pandemic has exposed the deadly consequences of decades of reducing, privatizing and outsourcing public health services. Health workers...

Burkina Faso: IUF affiliates take the lead in organizing worker safety and protection

30/04/2020

Since the first appearance of COVID-19 in Burkina Faso, the national IUF Women's Committee and the IUF national Coordination Committee...

Uganda flower workers’ union fighting against total collapse

22/04/2020

Uganda's Horticultural, Industrial, Service Providers and Allied Workers' Union (UHISPAWU) is fighting to protect thousands of workers on flower farms...

We cannot let domestic violence accompany the spread of COVID-19

17/04/2020

During the last 12 months, more than one in five women in the world has been the victim of violence...

Guatemala: FESTRAS union leader brutally beaten

28/09/2020

Odilia Caal Có, local leader in a branch of the IUF-affiliated Federación Sindical de Trabajadores de la Alimentación, Agroindustria y...