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Women Seminar

AFFM-IUF Women’s Committee
First Seminar of Women Members of AFFM – IUF
8th – 9th September 2016, Yangon
RESOLUTION 1: THE ROLE OF WOMEN LEADERSHIP AND DISCRIMINATION
ORGANIZE
 Encouraging at least 50 percent of women to have greater involvement in all levels of union structure and leadership roles
 Systematically training women leaders to be the resource personnel for capacity building using survey and research techniques as well as administration tasks
 Strengthening and increasing female participation
 Setting up an effective communication system amongst women members
FIGHT
 Hosting women workshops and seminars to promote female participation and capacity
 Presenting gender issues that may provide input and impact the national policy
 Encouraging at least 30 percent of female participation in all kinds of training and forum activities
WIN
 Increasing core members in the AFFM – IUF women’s committee
 Involving women in dominant roles such as action committees, decision making processes and policy levels
RESOLUTION 2: HUMAN TRAFFICKING AND OPPORTUNITIES FOR WOMEN
ORGANIZE
 Forming networks with international and/ or internal women organizations to prevent all forms of harassment towards women
 Using signboards and posters for raising awareness about human trafficking
 Raising awareness that human trafficking is criminal
FIGHT
 Acknowledging the issue of sexual harassment and ensuring women are safe in the workplace
 Coordinating with international organizations to promote and further education for women
 Requesting the Minister of Labour, Immigration and Population host vocational training for women
 Gathering information to facilitate effective changes in the rule of law
 Campaigning to get sustainable jobs for women, especially in rural areas
WIN
 Better conditions for women migrant workers
 Equal pay and wages for women in the workplace
RESOLUTION 3: FORCED LABOUR, CHILD LABOUR AND MODERN SLAVERY
ORGANIZE
 Publishing/distributing pamphlets and information on the elimination of all kinds of forced labour, child labour, and modern slavery
 Educating women members on rights and ensuring clarity about the laws concerning forced labour, child labour and modern slavery
 Cooperating in promoting an effective complaint system for those affected by violations of forced labour and child labour laws
 Raising awareness about violations in labour rights
FIGHT
 Using public media, to support the youth committee and women’s committee in awareness of forced labour and child labour laws
 Elimination of forced labour and child labour within AFFM – IUF and its affiliated unions
 AFFM – IUF initiated a complaint on forced labour
WIN
 Denouncement of all kinds of forced labour and the creation and maintenance of a healthy and safe workplace
Resolution 4: SEXUALLY HARASSMENT AND ETHICAL VALUE OF WOMEN
ORGANIZE
 Coordinating with international and internal women organizations to protect women who may be susceptible to becoming sex workers
 Educating individuals about the International instruments that may be used to promote women’s rights , especially for AFFM – IUF members
 Campaigning and organizing events that promote culture and tradition
 Encouraging the preservation of different languages, cultures, and traditions among AFFM – IUF members
FIGHT
 Call for strong action and the exercise of law for all kinds of sexual harassment in the workplace
 Encouraging the reinforcement of existing law
 Raising awareness, particularly with signboards and posters on the dangers of human trafficking
 Hosting the events, such as of International Women Day and a call to accept IWD demands
 Follow-up on IUF women’s committee mandate
WIN
 Getting approval for gender equality and women’s rights,
 Better opportunities and rights for those engaged in maternal care and pregnancy
 Respect towards women
 Unifying solidarity among women organizations

Youth Seminar (2016)

Youth Resolution
First Seminar of the AFFM – IUF Youth Committee
7th – 8th September 2016, Yangon

RESOLUTION 1: SUSTAINABLE JOB OPPORTUNITY AND SKILLS DEVELOPMENT
ORGANIZE

  • Encouraging policy reform regarding sustainable employment for those in rural areas and the agricultural sectors
  • AFFM – IUF youth committee members visit and collaborate with young members of affiliated unions to optimise experiences and facilitate success in future endeavours.
  • Supporting outreach to increase group appeal and increase the number of young and new members
  • Facilitating an effective communication system to be used amongst young members

FIGHT

  •  Proposing that the Ministry of Labour, Immigration and Population host vocational training and skills development workshops/meetings
  • Collaborating with ILO, INGOs, NGOs – to further skills development and promote vocational education for AFFM – IUF youth
  • Requesting parliament earnestly look at adopting policies which focus on youth development
  • Organizing and coordinating the meeting, counselling, collective bargaining, and negotiating of the AFFM – IUF regional offices in order to address challenges affecting youths

WIN

  • Increasing core members for the AFFM – IUF youth committee
  • Preparing and encouraging well-trained AFFM – IUF youths into leadership positions and directing greater involvement within the organization
  • Fostering consultation with Government officials
  • Work towards gaining international recognition

RESOLUTION 2: DRUGS, NARCOTICS AND YOUTH ORGANIZE

  • Educating individuals on the negative effects of narcotics use
  • Initiating several campaigns which use brochures, posters, signboards, and other visual aids

FIGHT

  • Requesting that the social protection fund help in the rehabilitation of young victims of narcotics abuse
  • Encouraging the hosting of sports programs which can improve the mind set and well-being of narcotics victims
  • Working with local officials for amending existing laws

WIN

  • Declaration of a narcotics free-zone
  • Improving the national sports standards

RESOLUTION 3: FORCED LABOUR AND CHILD LABOUR
ORGANIZE

  • Distributing Against Forced Labour and Child Labour signboards and brochures – which are published by the ILO – Liaison office
  • Educating individuals on the details and complexities of International Labour Standards for AFFM – IUF members
  • Gathering information and educating members and the general public on the negative impacts of forced labour and child labour

FIGHT

  • By taking action through the media, will mob
  • ilise the youth committee and women’s committee in educating individuals on the right to deny forced labour
  • Collating and analysing statistics on forced labour and child labour data
  • Encouraging the education of children and youths who are subject to labour issues

WIN

  • Declaration of child labour-free zones nationwide
  •  Mass participation of individuals in campaigns for abolishing forced labour

Resolution 4: HUMAN TRAFFICKING
ORGANIZE

 Educating individuals on laws related to human trafficking and campaigning for the diffusion of knowledge (related to human trafficking laws and figures)
 Communicating with local authorities and the central government

FIGHT

  • AFFM – IUF youth committee is involved in the campaign against human trafficking
  • Reinforcing existing laws and adopting new and relevant laws to further combat human trafficking
  • Setting up a hotline system for communication and facilitating transparency

WIN

  • Safe migration
  • Acknowledgement of Myanmar migrant communities in other countries

127th Mayday Statement

As we all know, May Day symbolizes the common struggle of workers worldwide. On the occasion of May Day 2017, the brothers and sisters trade union federations salute the gallant working men and women of Myanmar and urge them to rededicate themselves to the true ideals, values and aspirations of May Day.
A few years ago, we cautioned Myanmar’s working people against turning May Day into an annual ritual of workers congregating on to merely parade. Instead, it should be a cooperative demand for freedom, democracy and justice for the country’s people.
Myanmar is currently facing several unique challenges as it moves towards a triple transition. In the political sphere, the country has moved from military rule to multi – party democracy; economic reform – to transform a largely centrally planned economy to a market based one.  Understandably, implementation and sustainable development remain a major issue.
The rise in temperature in Myanmar is expected to have negative impacts on agricultural production and food security. The highly productive deltaic and low-lying coastal rice cultivation areas will be exposed to increased salinity, coastal erosion and inundation. An increase in extreme high temperatures is already creating problems in the Dry Zone, for example the severe drought in 2009, which impacted major cereal crops. In 2016, severe drought diminished village water sources across the country and destroyed agricultural yields of peas, sugar cane, tomato, and rice.
The serious impact of climate change, has pushed individuals into the labour force. Many people who live in rural areas come to the city to seek employment and work from sunrise to sunset. This leaves vulnerable populations to sacrifice long-term betterment for immediate gain. For instance several children have abandoned school in order to work long hours, with some adolescent boys and girls finding work abroad through agents.

Basic human rights still remain a challenge for some living in Myanmar.  The rights for food, clean water and sanitation are essential, but at times are unavailable. Many individuals living in rural communities work many hours to get food and water, and there is no guarantee of fresh and nutritious food nor access to clean water.

All these challenges are not easy to solve. The AFFM – IUF believes that they can be solved by social partnerships, and achieved together through solidarity action. Decentralization is the key to the improvement of social dimensions.

The AFFM – IUF calls to the government for the following immediate actions:
– the design of social protection for agricultural workers who live in rural areas
– ensuring a system of insurance for crops, market and export
– laying out the plan for long term subsidizes to promote the social status of small farmer and agricultural workers
– speeding up the return process for the land that was grabbed by military regime

We AFFM – IUF, are ready for immense change and plan to use this democratization period as an era to usher in such change.

AFFM – IUF Secretaries (+959250045730)