The World Banana Forum's (WBF) Multi-stakeholder strategy meeting on Gender Equity in the Banana Industry which took place in Geneva Switzerland on 7 November 2017, at which Banana Link coordinated the participation of delegates from trade unions and small producer organisations from the Global South.
Nearly 100 people gathered to share expertise about and develop proposals for future work to achieve gender equity in the industy. The breadth of participation and depth of discussion reflect the significant range of work currently being undertaken by the WBF Task Force on Gender Equity, from developing terms of reference for OHSE risk assessment for pregnant women and nursing mothers to identifying the causal factors that create the gender pay gap. Working groups discussed five thematic areas; women’s empowerment, women’s employment, the gender pay gap, Occupational Health and Safety and sexual harassment and Gender Based Violence.
The meeting formulated a set of Proposals for joint action plan on gender equality 2017 -19 which were presented to the World Banana Forum conference the following morning.
Materials from the Gender equity meeting are available below.