Togo – Better protection for women musicians and enhanced empowerment on union bodies

FIM and SARIAC (Togo Musicians’ Union) held a capacity building workshop in Lomé (Togo) from the 16 to 19 May 2013, in the presence of Ministers for the Arts & Culture and Employment. In particular, the meeting addressed the issue of union organisation and the role of women on its executive bodies.

The workshop benefitted from the participation of the General Secretary of Togo’s Union Confederation for Workers (CSTT), as well as two specialists from the International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC), who presented a mutual healthcare insurance model which was currently being developed in several countries in the region. CSTT and SARIAC are seting up a “musicians’” branch which could rely on CSTT’s operational structure.

The work of discussion groups on gender equality finally adoptd an action plan aimed at enhancing the situation of women who want to go on stage and combatting the gender-based behaviour of which they are victims when exercising their profession. The issue of sexual harassment was also addressed at length.

SARIAC has undertaken to continue with its efforts to increase the number of women on its bodies. The percentage of women members has already risen from 5 to 12% and 9 to 18% on the executive board. SARIAC is now aiming to reach 20% of women members and 33% on its executive bodies.

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