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Title:'Threads of Solidarity' Revisited: Gender Forums as Important Sites for Contesting Gender Inequality
Author:Dlamini, Armstrong
Year:2004
Periodical:Transformation: Critical Perspectives on Southern Africa
Issue:55
Pages:96-112
Language:English
Geographic term:South Africa
Subjects:empowerment
women workers
trade unions
women
Women's Issues
Law, Human Rights and Violence
Law, Legal Issues, and Human Rights
Equality and Liberation
External link:http://muse.jhu.edu/journals/transformation/v055/55.1dlamini.pdf
Abstract:Based on findings from a survey conducted in 2002 on women's participation in trade unions in South Africa, notably in the textile, clothing and footwear sector, the author highlights some of the attempts made by women trade unionists to close the representation gap between men and women as well as to ensure that the makeup of trade union decisionmaking structures corresponds to the demographic pattern of trade union membership. Women's efforts were operationalized through networking and by mobilizing solidarity through gender forums. The gender forums addressed issues that affected women both within and outside the workplace. Workplace issues included employment equity, skills development, sexual harassment, violence against women, occupational health, HIV/AIDS and gender mainstreaming. The gender forums emerged as the most common mode of organizing women and as a potential location for weaving new 'threads of solidarity' among women as well as for contesting patriarchy. Bibliogr., ref. [ASC Leiden abstract]
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