Service: Gender Equality

Gender Equality

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Promoting cultures of gender equality in trade unions and workplaces

The Gender Equality Programme works with the following three framing questions:

We have cooperated with strategic partners, including NGOs, CBOs and government departments in the work of creating gender-equal workplaces and communities free of violence, Gender-Based Violence (GBV), harassment and discrimination. The cooperation has proceeded through a series of dialogues and collective impact initiatives, where all the different stakeholders are involved in creating and carrying out strategies for addressing GBV and gender inequality.

The issues

Focus on ending GBV in communities: Our work confronting gender-based violence in one community using a collective impact initiative brought the perspectives and experiences of different social actors. The participants in the Letsema collective impact initiative in the Vaal have a better understanding of open space technology as a way of working with large groups. LRS is partnering with Manchester University in the United Kingdom towards a broader research project looking at replicating the collective impact Letsema process in other communities in South Africa.

Focus on ending GBV in the Health Sector in South Africa: Through Health Sector Trade Unions and community formations, workers in the sector are claiming the right to have a health system free of gender-based violence. Our collective impact initiative saw conditions of work for care workers at the Meadowlands Clinic in Gauteng Province improved by shifting their relationship with their own organisation and the community which they serve.

Focus on ending School-Related Gender-Based Violence (SRGBV): Through our facilitation in partnership with Gender at Work, teachers unions in South Africa, Zambia, Ethiopia, Uganda, The Gambia, Sierra Leone and Ghana renewed their policy and approach to school-related gender-based violence.

Focus on promoting gender equality in trade unions in Southern Africa: Together with our partners, including the International Labour Office (ILO) and Solidarity Centre, we have supported the development of trade union policies and collective bargaining agreements that better reflect the needs of women, people living with a disability, youth, migrants and LGBTI workers. We are developing our understanding of women’s leadership and gender equality issues through networking and collaborations with academic and research institutions

Focus on creating safe and inclusive trade unions and workplaces free of homophobia: Through the support of The Other Foundation, we support Gender Coordinators in trade unions to create inclusive and safe spaces in the workplace and union where LGBT workers feel free to claim and exercise their rights.

Voices from the ground

Key contact: Nina Benjamin | [email protected]


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