Visioning Another World: The G20 Peoples Summit
November 12 – 14, 2014
The Peoples’ Summit is a three-day festival of symposiums, idea-sharing, art, creative activities, education and action bringing together local and international thinkers on economics, environment, climate change, social justice, colonisation, rights, politics and peace.
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Peoples Summit Venues :(see map at http://briscan.net.au/peoples-convergence/peoples-summit-venue-map/)
Help support this event: look for a donation box at each venue !
- Uniting Church & Theatrette, corner of Vulture & Sussex St. West End. The Uniting Church has two venues – a small theatrette and Main space.
- Colossus Reception Lounge, 71 Jane Street.This large hall will host Talks, workshops and the activist fair.
- Upstairs at 199 Boundary Street. Location above the chemist, up a flight of stairs (no wheelchair access) near the juncture of Boundary and Vulture in West End.
- Wandering Cooks, Fish Lane, South Brisbane. Open 10:00am each day (and the weekend). Citizen’s Media Centre, food and drinks for sale. Free WIFI. Thursday night is food truck night!
- Kurilpa Hall, 174 Boundary Street, West End. available only on Friday for sessions and speakers – all day.
- Ukranian Hall Open Space, Healing Space, Film Space
- Princess Theatre,8 Annerley Road, Woolloongabba. Venue for Friday night event.
- Basement, 5 Paris Street, Available and peopled now.Poster and banner making, meetings and organising. Drop in, volunteer, get involved.
- Browning St Studios, 11 Browning Street This is extra space! Events TBA
DONATIONS, Volunteers and equipment needed
If you can volunteer to help out, contact firstname.lastname@example.org
If you can offer power leads, projectors, laptops, power boards or any other audio-visual equipment, we’d appreciate you contacting:email@example.com and/or dropping these off at the Basement, 5 Paris Street.
Money donations via electronic transfer if possible, please! All amounts welcome!
Account name: Brisbane Community Action Network
Account number: 12069890
9-9.45 Opening Plenary WED-THUR only: Colossus Reception Lounge
All day, every day, starting 10:00am, Citizen Journalist Media Centre at Wandering Cooks. WIFI. Food and drinks available for purchase.
11:00 am, everyday Colossus Reception Lounge “Slip slop slap” Activist guide to protecting oneself in the context of G20. Legal safety and basic rights discussion.
15:45-17:00 Civil Society discussion and social movement collaborative space BRISCAN Statementat Wandering Cooks, each afternoon. This will be a space in which we will collaboratively work on a broad statement outlining our positions in relation to G20.
All day, everyday Colossus Reception Lounge: Activist Fair– set up your t-shirt sales, zines, brochures, books, signups and other fair material here. Come to network, discuss, join a workshop… or run a workshop, join or run a healing space
All day, everyday 10:00-17:00 FILMS FILMS FILMS! Lost Film Festival presented by Radical Times Historical Archive. Uniting Church Theatrette, see separate Film Festival program!
19:00 and onwards, NIGHT events, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday
Event: Open Space Conversation hosting multiple simultaneous conversations about “How can we work for justice and peace and sustainability in a world characterised by poverty, violence and disastrous policies?”
When: 10am-4pm Friday 14th : House of Freedom, 69 Thomas Street, West End. Contact: Dave Andrews (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Event: Johnny Browns Café (Wickham Tce., Fortitude Valley) (Anti)G20 Party!
When: Thursday 13th 5pm till midnight
Confirmed speakers, further info on sessions, details, yaddah
**NOTE : NOT ALL SPEAKERS ARE LISTED AND DETAILED HERE.
John QuigginAusterity and G20 and growth (Speaking Wednesday 10:45am, Colossus).
Professor of economics at the University of Queensland, blogger, wrote a column for many years in the Australian Financial Review and writes for Jacobin magazine. Well known not only for his articles and books, like the most recent, entitled “Zombie Economics” published by Princeton Press, but also for his appearance on the back of a truck in front of street marches. See his blog here: http://johnquiggin.com/
Stephen Keim, Barrister at Law Attacks on Civil Liberties and democratic rights & Chris Butler, Griffith Law School+ Spatial Politics and the rights to the city(Speaking 2-3.15 Wednesday, Uniting Church)
StephenKeim is a barrister notable for his strongly principled though controversial actions in various cases. Keim was awarded the Human Rights Medal for 2009 by the Australian Human Rights Commission.
Chris Butler researches in the areas of law and social theory, urban governance and critical approaches to state power. His book Henri Lefebvre: Spatial Politics, Everyday Life and the Right to the Cityhas been recently published by Routledge.
Patricia Ranald, AFTINET (Speaking 11:45-1pm Thursday, Colossus)
Title: What’s wrong with “free trade “agreements? The Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) democracy and sovereignty.
Abstract: Neoliberal free versions of extreme trade theory ignore the history of economic development and power inequalities in the global trade system. Ironically, current “free trade” negotiations like the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) are not mainly about traditional trade issues like tariff reductions, but are focussed on changing domestic law to suit the needs of global industries and corporations . This can restrict the ability of governments to regulate in areas like access to affordable medicines and environmental regulation of mining. In the name of “free trade”, they actually extend monopoly rights in areas like patents on medicines, copyright on the Internet and the rights of foreign investors to sue governments for damages if a change in domestic law can be claimed to “harm” their investment. This is a challenge to democracy and sovereignty.
Bio: Dr Ranald is Director of the Australian Fair Trade and Investment Network (AFTINET), a network of community organizations, which advocates for fair trade policies based on human rights, labour rights and environmental sustainability www.aftinet.org.au. Dr Ranald has published widely on the social impacts of globalisation and trade agreements. She is a contributing author to ‘No ordinary deal: unmasking the Trans-Pacific Partnership Free Trade Agreement’, Allen and Unwin, edited by Jane Kelsey, 2010. Other books include ‘Trade Justice’, published by the Australian Catholic Social Justice Council, 2005, and ‘Stopping the Juggernaut: Public Interest versus the Multilateral Agreement on Investment’, Pluto Press, 1999.
Kostas Isychos and Nadia Valavani(Thursday 3:30-5pm, Colossus) VIA skype and Australia Greece Solidarity Campaign.
European Socialism/Greek austerity
Bio: These speakers are key members of SYRIZA:KostaIsychosis Defence and Foreign Policy spokesperson for the Greek SYRIZA party. The acronym stands for Coalition of the Radical Left. The party won 27% of the vote in the 2012 Greek election and was the primary Greek party in the European Parliament election this year. SYRIZA has gained mass support on the grounds of rejecting pro-market ideology, austerity and neoliberalism, and its commitment to fairness, justice and democracy.
Elmer Labog, Phillipines, (Colossus 14:00-15:15 Thursday)
ElmerLabog is the Chairperson of KMU, the May First Movement (Kilusang Mayo Uno) the largest and the militant trade union centre of the Philippines, and the Vice-Chairperson of the New Patriotic Alliance of the Philippines (BAYAN) of which KMU is a key component. As well, ElmerLabog is a member of the International Coordinating Committee of the International League of Peoples Struggles. Elmer has played a key role in worker and people’s mobilisations in the Philippines against US military bases and against neoliberal impositions such as the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation, the World Trade Organisation, and so-called Free Trade Agreements, the most recent of these being the People’s Global Camp in Bali during the December 2013 WTO Ministerial Meeting
Eulalia Reyes-Whitney and Margaret Gleeson from the Brisbane committee of the Australia-Venezuela Solidarity Network (also all members of Socialist Alliance) – Speaking on Alternative development and the trading model of Latin American integration. (199 Boundary street, 10:45-12:00 Wednesday)
*Eulalia Reyes Whitney is Brisbane based, but has recently returned from an extended residence in her homeland Venezuela. She is a teacher and has been active in Latin American Solidarity in Australia. She recently presented at a conference on developments in Venezuela in Sydney and Melbourne.She has previously acted as an interpreter on an AVSN solidarity brigade to Venezuela
*Margaret Gleeson writes for Green Left Weekly and has made a number of trips to countries of Central and Latin America over 26 years. This included as an accredited observer to the first election held in El Salvador in 1994, following the end of the civil war. Her most recent trip was as a member of the AVSN Presidential Brigade in 2012 . She has been active in Latin American solidarity for over 30 years.
The workshop will look at the alternative development and trading model of Latin American integration. The Bolivarian Alliance for the Americas (ALBA) was launched in 2004 by founding members Cuba and Venezuela as a peoples trading bloc fostering trade and development in line with principles of social justice and sustainability. It has now extended to 9 countries including Bolivia and Ecuador. Other regional agreements e.g., CELAC (established in 2011 with 33 countries of the region), MercoSur, Unasur, Bancosur have been developed since then encompassing most of the nations of the hemisphere. These alliances pose a challenge to the hegemony of the United States that has made the US brokered NAFTA and other free trade blocs unmanageable. In many ways the attempts to create a Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) is a direct response by imperialism to the challenges posed by Bolivarian integration. The progressive (and even some less progressive) governments of Latin America have shown in practice that “Another World is Possible”. International solidarity from the social movements is necessary to prevent the TPP from coming into effect and to defend the advances for people power in Latin America from the destabilisation and overt attacks by multinational corporations, the US and its allies.
Democracy and Justice in PPPs: Neoliberal constructions and alternative reconstructions. Dr KshithijUrs, Peoples Campaign for the Right to Water – Karnataka, India & Dr Vicky Walters, School of People, Environment and Planning, Massey University, New Zealand
(Speaking Thursday 10-11:15 199 Boundary street)
Workshop: The focus of this workshop is to critically examine the intersections between democracy, justice and Public Private Partnerships (PPPs). Participants will be invited to share and deliberate on the neoliberal constructions and underpinnings of PPPs in core infrastructure such as water supply, and to imagine and explore alternative pathways. There will be three parts to the workshop: Part one: In the first part of the workshop Dr KshithijUrs and Dr Vicky Walters will share their experience and research on PPPs in India’s water sector, highlighting the anti-democratic and unjust character of these partnerships and making the parallels with the agenda of the G20. Part Two: The floor will be opened for participants to share their thoughts, experiences, insights and concerns on PPPS. Part Three: The last part of the workshop is dedicated to consolidating views on the future of the infrastructure agenda in global counter movements.
Gabriele Bohnet ‘Shifting the growth paradigm- how to take property off the speculation market forever’.(199 Boundary Street, 12:15-13:30 Wednesday)
An introduction to the concept of the tenant syndicate in Germany, the community land trust model in USA and a proposal for a model combining the two for Australia.
Organised by : Mothers Are Demystifying Genetic Engineering (MADGE) www.madge.org.au& GM-Free Australia Alliance www.gmfreeaustralia.org.au “Taking control of food and agriculture” (Venue : Wandering Cooks, cnr Fish Lane and Cordelia St, South Brisbane)http://wanderingcooks.com.au/about/
Workshop: 10.45 – 12.00.
“What we are doing to reclaim control over our food”
Tactics – lobbying ; marching; occupations of land (MST in Brazil, Zapatistas) and directly linking eaters and growers, groups such as Food Connect, Australia Food Sovereignty Alliance. What tactics work? What is the best time and place for these approaches?
Panel discussion: 12.15 – 1.30
“Taking control of food and agriculture”
Jessica Harrison, GM-Free Australia Alliance : Global GM-free regions and movements
Fran Murrell, MADGE : Resistance to corporate control – the Gates Foundation and the Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA)
Jeremy Tager, Nanotechnology Project Campaigner, Friends of the Earth : Emerging technologies and how our food regulators are failing us.
Robin Taubenfeld, Food Irradiation Watch: Threats to safe food.
More info : Jessica 0407307231
Everyone Gets Ice Cream Group. Friday November 14th
#WTFOMG20 | 11.45 am – 1 pm
So what exactly is the G20 and what are we to make of all the hype? This session will look at the history of the G20, this year’s agenda, the G20’s role in world politics, and its relationship to the global crisis of capitalism. At a local level, we’ll look at the repressive laws that are instrumental in facilitating the meeting and the media-generated hype that legitimises and enables these laws. What does the G20 mean for our lives and our futures? How can we better understand it in order to change our world?
Women in Labour: A Global Perspective | 2:00 – 3:15 pm
It is the labour of the world’s workers that keeps capitalism ticking over, and the average worker is a woman. How does the exploitation of workers fit together with that of gender and what are the (often hidden) forms of labour that keep capitalist machinery going? (Spoiler: it’s not just paid work but also the caring and reproductive labour that often takes place outside the wage.) Most importantly, how do workers’ rebellions intersect with feminist struggles to create possibilities for a different kind world, one in which we can live with justice and dignity?
‘After the G20’ & getting to ‘After Capitalism’ | 3:45 – 5 pm
So what do we want to get out of our protests against the G20? What’s the connection of anti-summit protests like this to the abolition of capitalism and transformation of society on a broader scale? What sorts of strategies are open to us? Which are effective? In this open forum we will be introducing the ‘Everybody Gets Ice cream’ Bloc for the G20 Rally and create space for a discussion about how all our efforts can better fit with our attempts to emancipate ourselves and others around the world.
Kristen Lyons & Carbon Violence group: Panel and speakers, discussion. Uniting Church Hall, 14:00-15.15 Thursday
The local impacts of large scale development projects – especially those projects that claim to be good for the environment, such as plantation forestry and carbon offset – are often lost behind the cheersquad for the green economy, and market-based solutions to environmental problems.
In this panel, we introduce the carbon violence project – a project aimed at shedding light on the violent ways in which local people in the global south experience plantation forestry for carbon markets. While their proponents champion these initiatives on the basis of their ability to address climate change through carbon sequestration, as well as providing positive economic and broader community development for poorer nations, our work tells a very different story.
With a focus on one company – Green Resources – we highlight the ways peasant farmers have lost access to land through this companies project; land that is the very basis for their life and livelihoods. This loss of land, and the farms caused by this, represents what we are calling carbon violence; referring to the avoidable harms and unequal life chances that affect those living in proximity to the project.
Brisbane Solidarity Network.(BSN) “No Leaders, No Nations: An Anarchist Critique of the G20”. 199 Boundary Street 15:45-17:00 Thursday
A discussion of why we oppose capitalism rather than just specific policies within it, and what alternative systems we can imagine.
Challenging the Power of Transnational Corporations and the Architecture of Impunity.Our World Is Not For Sale (OWINFS) global network, the Global Campaign to Dismantle Corporate Power and Stop Impunity, Brazilian Network for Peoples’ Integration (Rebrip), Quebec Network on Continental Integration (RQIC), Public Services International (PSI), Friends of the Earth Australia, BrisCAN G20, among others.
Self-proclaimed as the main political driver of global economic governance to confront the financial crises, the G20 has been illegitimately developing policy orientations that are largely captured by corporate interests if not directly defined by transnational corporations (TNCs) regrouped in the now well institutionalized Business 20 (B20). This phenomenon of privatization of public policy is echoed at the national level through public-private partnerships (PPP) for instance. Market-led false solutions to today’s challenges contribute to a vast architecture of impunity that allow TNCs to follow their sole objective of increasing profits by ignoring social and labour rights, committing economic and environmental crimes, grabbing land, energy, water and extracting natural resources. But affected communities are resisting and are fighting back.
This session will unpack and discuss the prevailing architecture of impunity and the role of TNCs in the ongoing and increasing threats to peoples’ lives and livelihoods. Inspired by the Global Campaign “Dismantle Corporate Power and Stop Impunity” which is composed of social movements, networks and organizations resisting the Transnational Corporations regime, further strategies of resistance will be discussed, including the initiative of a Peoples’ treaty for binding rules to control TNCs actions and operations.
Towards an Alternative Financial Architecture to Confront the Crises BrisCAN G20, Our World Is Not For Sale (OWINFS) global network, Public Services International (PSI), Brazilian Network for Peoples’ Integration (Rebrip), Madhyam (India), among others.
199 Boundary St.,
The last decade has seen more and more of the global economy controlled by the finance sector. From investment banks betting on global food prices, to public services and infrastructure dependent on and responding to the needs of capital markets, big finance calls the shots. What can we do about this process of ’financialization’, which leaves the needs of the peoples far behind? Firm commitments of G20 countries to fight tax avoidance of the 1% and to dismantle tax havens are well-needed policies, but are they sufficient and shouldn’t they be closely linked to reversing the austerity measures that are being applied in many parts of the world and which foster the privatization of public goods? New actors have also been emerging over the past years, like the BRICS (Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa) with its recently created BRICS bank, or like Argentina which comes strong to Brisbane to claim for a permanent solution to sovereign debts. Will these new financial initiatives give impetus to change significantly the dynamics of the world economy and make it work for the peoples, or are they the sole expression of geopolitics transformations while guaranteeing new but similar forms of capitalist reproduction.
The Free Trade and Investment Regimes: an Attack on Peoples’ Rights, the Commons and Democracy. Our World Is Not For Sale (OWINFS) global network, Public Services International (PSI), Brazilian Network for Peoples’ Integration (Rebrip), Quebec Network on Continental Integration (RQIC), Pacific Network on Globalization (PANG), Friends of the Earth Australia, BrisCAN G20, among others.
Free trade Agreements (FTAs) and Bilateral Investment Treaties (BITs) form part of a global architecture of impunity for transnational corporations against Peoples’ sovereign rights and States’ ability to regulate for the public interest. Since 2008, G20 policy orientations keep promoting false solutions to the crisis, insisting with an economic system that doesn’t work for the peoples. Using their privileged access to decision makers by the way of the B20, Transnational Corporations like biotech firms, big Pharma, multinational banks, and the fossil fuel industry, have been lobbying governments to pass new sweeping, secretly-negotiated international trade agreements, that are full of anti-consumer and anti-worker provisions, that grant corporations the rights to nullify local, state and national social policies in areas like access to health and affordable medicines, food safety, fair trade, buy local, labor rights, indigenous sovereignty, and environmental protection laws. One of the most controversial elements of this corporate-led regime is the Investor-State Dispute Settlement (ISDS) mechanism, which gives corporations the right to sue governments over public measures that undermine their expected profits.
This session will unpack the systemic flaws of the model, taking as concrete examples the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), the Canada-EU FTA (CETA), the US-EU FTA (TTIP) and the Trade in Services Agreement (TISA), among others, while also highlighting social movements increasing resistance and discussing strategies to keep building the momentum worldwide for system change.
Mel Barnes, Green Left Weekly, and Callum Clayton-Dixon, Brisbane Blacks. Alternative Media and Social Justice –(Wandering Cooks, Friday 14:00-15:15).
Workshop: how alternative media can build movements for social justice, and how people can get involved in alternative media projects or start their own.Info for Brisbane Blacks – Media and food Program here: http://brisbaneblacks.com/Green Left Weekly website: https://www.greenleft.org.au/
Simon Cole, Equanimity Foundation. The Zeitgeist Movement & Sustainability Showcase (Wandering Cooks, Thursday 11:45-13:00)
Each presentation will include interview questions to draw out the pros and cons of the organization and time and venue permitting, a Q&A session at the end with the audience. More info: Sustainable Population Party https://www.facebook.com/populationpartyhttp://www.populationparty.org.au/The Zeitgeist Movement – https://www.facebook.com/groups/160663964394/ Sustainable Population Party https://www.facebook.com/populationparty http://www.populationparty.org.au/
AMWU President, Andrew Dettmer, and Don Sutherland, AMWU National Industrial OfficerDiscussion paper on an Alternative Economic Agenda. (Wednesday, Colossus 10:30-13:30) This will be a space in which to engage in discussion with other Summit participants on the main features, rationale and objectives of our paper on an alternative economic agenda, and its further development. The text of the discussion paper is available publicly at our web site and we are committed to encouraging further discussion about it. http://www.amwu.org.au/content/upload/files/publications/SUBMISSIONS_2014/AMWU_-_An_alternative_economic_agenda.pdfThe paper will be introduced and explained by Mr Dettmer, followed discussion and questions.
Ecotera, Sebastian Petrik – Independent, socially managed and safe food production for our local communities. Presentation/Discussion.(Thursday Wandering Cooks, 10:00-11:15)
Ecotera is a Profit-For-Purpose, community guided business concept preparing for launch. Using state of the art agricultural techniques including automated/robotic farming and aquaponics and organic wicking bed systems, we seek to deliver an environmentally and community-responsible, scalable, local food production network delivering healthy, pesticide free, and environmentally sustainable food through a business focusing on ethics and transparent operation.
Lillian Lawson Geddes, Emancipatory Economics: Book Keeping on the Commons. (Wednesday, Colossus 15:45-17:00)
Lillian Geddes has invested more than 30 years researching the counter-culture, alternative lifestyles, back-to-the-land and community development sectors of Central and South East Queensland. She works outside of the traditional academic system seeking solutions to structured poverty. Her presentation “EmacipatoryEconomics – Book-keeping on the Commons” sets out to challenge orthodox accounting systems that fail to include a sufficiently wide group of transactions and currencies – those that we use everyday, but which the Big E Economists refuse to include in the sums.
FOE Brisbane. Climate Justice What does it mean for Pacific and Torres Strait Islanders? Interactive Seminar (Thursday, Uniting Church 10:00-13:00)
This interactive seminar will includevideo and live testimonies from Pacific and Torres Strait Islanders; a summary of the relevant data from the IPCC 5th Assessment Report; key areas of advocacy for Pacific Island governments and civil society re the 2015 Paris UNFCC agreement; an outline of the Torres Strait Regional Authority 5 year climate change plan; the implications for the Australian Federal Government’s policy and what it takes to the Paris negotiations.
Gilbert Holmes, plus guests. Community Opps: Polarity in Economics and Society. (Friday 14:00-15:15, 199 Boundary Street)
What if we are paradox and polar? This session looks at how considering cooperation and competition as dual roots to economics leads toward a radically different, and less individualistic socio-economic structure. The dominant political and economic institutions of the world are built on the individualism of Descartes. Confucian polarity, however, offers an alternative conception of our identities. We are individual and collective, competitive and cooperative. This session looks at some implications of this polarity, especially in relation to economics. Looking at competitive/cooperative people living within communities is very different to the purely competitive individuals employed in mainstream microeconomics, but can we graph it? Presentation and discussion.
Gilbert has had a long standing interest in polarity and political theory. He has just completed his third year of dual degrees in economics and political science at the University of Queensland.
“Sovereignty, Society, Sustainability: A New Agenda for the 21st Century”. Friday Night Event! Princess Theatre, Wolloongabba 19:00-21:00
Speakers (These and others to be announced…)
Winnie Byanyima is a grass-roots activist, human rights advocate, senior international public servant, and world recognized expert on women’s rights, is Executive Director of Oxfam International.
Born in Uganda in 1959, Ms Byanyima earned engineering degrees in the United Kingdom and began her career as an engineer for Uganda Airlines. She was appointed to the diplomatic service in 1989, where she represented Uganda in France and at UNESCO in Paris. She returned to Uganda in 1994 and for the next ten years served as a member of parliament, created an all-woman parliamentary caucus, and was founding leader of the Forum for Women in Democracy, a national NGO championing women’s equal participation in decision-making.
From 2004 until 2006, she served at the African Union Commission to improve the institution’s governance and equality by establishing a program on gender and development. In 2006, she was appointed director of Gender and Development at the United Nations Development Program, working on development, climate change and economic policy. In that role, she co-founded a 60-member Global Gender and Climate Alliance of civil society, bilateral and multilateral organizations and chaired a UN-wide task force on gender aspects of the Millennium Development Goals, and climate change.
Lez Malezer is Co-Chair of National Congress of Australia’s First Peoples. He is a full-time delegate to the United Nations on Indigenous Issues. He held responsibility as Chairperson of the Global Indigenous Peoples Caucus when the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples was adopted in 2007.Mr Malezer was a negotiator for the Indigenous Peoples in finalization for the ‘Nagoya Protocol’ under the Convention on Biological Diversity in 2010.From 2000-2002 he was executive assistant and advisor to the chairperson of ATSIC and in the late 1990s worked with FAIRA in Brisbane on Native Title Issues.
Sharan Burrowis the General Secretary of the International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC) and a former President of the Australian Council of Trade Unions (ACTU) (2000–2010). She is the first woman to become General Secretary of the ITUC since its foundation in 2006, and was the second woman to become President of the ACTU.
Recognising the significance of her election as the first female leader of the world’s largest international trade union organisation, in her acceptance speech after becoming General Secretary of the ITUC, Burrow underlined the necessity of female participation in organisedlabour. She is reported as having said:”I am a warrior for women and we still have work to ensure the inclusion of women in the work place and in our unions. The struggles for women are multiple – too often within their families for independence, then in the workplace for rights and equal opportunity, in their unions for access and representation and then as union leaders. But the investment in and participation of women is not only a moral mandate it is an investment in democracy and a bulwark against fundamentalism and oppression. Organising woman is and must continue to be a priority for the ITUC.”