Published: 11/06/2023

On Day 2 of the IUF Women’s Conference 2023:

  • Dr Jane Pillinger spoke about pay equity on the occasion of the launch of the IUF toolkit on pay equity: the average gender pay gap worldwide is 20%; at the current rate of progress, it will take 250 years to close it
  • The Women’s Conference heard from affiliates from Cambodia, India, Indonesia, Côte d’Ivoire, Algeria, Dominican Republic, Austria, France, Ghana, and the US, and SEWA from India did an inspiring presentation on rural women workers and organizing women in the informal economy in India
  • The Women’s Conference adopted the draft IUF Action Program for Equality 2023-2027 based on 5 pillars: more women, more powerful unions; fighting for women’s employment; making women visible in OHS; preventing and eliminating gender-based violence and harassment; and building a women friendly working environment


The second IUF LGBTI Workers & Allies Conference opened with a moment of silence for Zachee Imanitwitaho, a trans woman, JBS meat worker and IUF affiliate trade union member who was murdered outside her workplace in the US.

  • Panelists from Brazil, South Africa, Spain, and the UK, along with Conference participants from Guyana, France, Sweden, the UK, and Italy spoke about the anti-LGBTI backlash in their countries and regions
  • With panelists from Belgium, Burkina Faso and the United States, the Conference further discussed how to build a future of LGBTI equality and inclusion
  • The LGBTI Workers & Allies Conference unanimously re-elected two women, Michele Kessler from the UFCW, USA as Chair and Gisele Adão from SINTIACR, Brazil as Vice Chair