international women's day 2011

Banana Link – Celebrating International Women’s Day 2011!

Posted on: 23 February 2011

This March women trade union activists from Costa Rica and Peru are visiting France and the UK to celebrate one hundred years of International Women’s Day! Fatima Herrera Olea and Ligia Lamich will be raising awareness of the challenges facing women employed in the tropical fruit industries of Latin America and encouraging consumers to take action to MAKE FRUIT FAIR!

UK based NGO, Banana Link, will host a visit from, a 19 year old trade union activist from their trade union partners, SITAG – the Union of Agricultural Workers – in Peru. SITAG, a young but rapidly growing union, organises banana workers on organic and Fairtrade farms across Peru. The union also has members in the mango, sugarcane, grapes and avocado industries. Fatima has been involved in SITAG-Peru activities both in her local region of Piura and at national level. She also represented SITAG as a regional candidate in the last municipal elections.

Peuples Solidaires in France will host a visit from Ligia Lamich, Women’s Officer of SITAGAH, the Costa Rican Union of Agricultural Workers, Cattle Ranchers and Other Workers of Heredia. SITAGAH organise banana and pineapple plantation workers in the north Atlantic region of Costa Rica. Ligia worked for many years in a Chiquita banana pack-house and now organises banana and pineapple workers for SITAGAH as well as being a member of the COSIBA-CR (Coordinating Body of Costa Rican Banana Workers Unions) Executive Committee and Women’s Committee.

Both women will use their visits to raise awareness about conditions along banana and pineapple supply chains, develop solidarity relations with European trade unions and share good practices for organising and educating women workers on issues of gender discrimination and inequality. It is hoped that this will enable Fatima and Ligia to further empower women activists within their unions on their return as well as encouraging women – and men – in Europe to act in solidarity with workers and their unions to improve labour standards on the plantations of Latin America.

For more information on the visits or to invite the speakers to your International Women’s Day events contact:
* Anna at Banana Link on solidarity@bananalink.org.uk or
* Vanessa at Peuples Solidaires on v.gautier@peuples-solidaires.org

http://www.bananalink.org.uk/content/view/534/1/lang,en/

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