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Dominican Republic | National union training workshop

FIM workshop | Santo Domingo

Dominican musi­cians are busy cre­at­ing a union which, in its rules, embod­ies good gov­er­nance, trans­paren­cy and gen­der equality.

FIM is pro­vid­ing tech­ni­cal sup­port for this process through back­ing from Swedish unions Union To Union and SMF. In par­tic­u­lar, this sup­port has tak­en the form of a union train­ing work­shop, organ­ised in Santo Domingo from 15 to 17 October 2019, run by Benoît Machuel (FIM General Secretary), Nathaly Ossa (FIM region­al coor­di­na­tor for Latin America) and John Acosta (President of AFM local 47).
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Ivory Coast | SAMCI rounds off its training cycle

SAMCI workshop attendance

FIM and the Musicians’ Union of the Ivory Coast (SAMCI) organ­ised a third nation­al work­shop in Abidjan from 17 to 20 June 2019, with­in the scope of a 3‑year union train­ing cycle backed by Union to Union. Opened and closed by “diva” Aicha Koné, the work­shop was divid­ed up into three parts:
1. Internal organ­i­sa­tion;
2. Intellectual prop­er­ty rights and col­lec­tive man­age­ment;
3. Gender equal­i­ty, in part­ner­ship with LeadAfricaines, a spe­cial­ized Abidjan-​based NGO.

SAMCI has made sev­er­al changes over the past year.
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Senegal | AMS engaged in structuring the music sector

For the third year run­ning, FIM and AMS organ­ised a skills empow­er­ment work­shop, from 26 to 29 March 2019 in Dakar, with­in the scope of the train­ing pro­gramme backed by Swedish con­fed­er­a­tion Union to Union.

Representatives from FIM and SNAM (France) played the role of facil­i­ta­tors. After three days of group work­shops, a meet­ing with ACTRAV and UNESCO was held on the morn­ing of the 29th to study the pos­si­bil­i­ty of being sup­port­ed in col­lec­tive agree­ments. Finally, a meet­ing took place with the General Secretary of the Confédération Syndicale Autonome du Sénégal (CSA) with a view to future coop­er­a­tion with AMS.
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Bogota | FIM Latin America Regional Workshop

Group photo of the Bogota regional seminar, Nov. 2018 The Declaration on Gender Equity in Musicians’ Unions, draft­ed by women union lead­ers on 1st November 2018 in Montevideo, was unan­i­mous­ly adopt­ed by Latin American union lead­ers in Bogota.

By Ananay Aguilar

On 27 – 29 November 2018, FIM held a region­al work­shop in Bogota in the frame­work of a project fund­ed by Swedish organ­i­sa­tion Union To Union, with sup­port from the Swedish Musicians’ Union SMF. The event brought togeth­er rep­re­sen­ta­tives from Argentina, Brasil, Colombia, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Mexico, Panama, Peru and Uruguay.
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Malawi | Cooperation between MUM and SMF is following its course

Lilongwe workshop of 23-25 October 2018 For some fif­teen years now, Swedish union SMF has been devel­op­ing a union train­ing course for its Malawi coun­ter­part, MUM.

FIM, the Swedish Musicians’ Union (SMF) and the Musicians’ Union of Malawi (MUM) organ­ised a union train­ing work­shop in Lilongwe from 23 to 25 October 2018, with finan­cial back­ing from Swedish con­fed­er­a­tion Union to Union.

Two issues were addressed at the same time:
1. Union organ­i­sa­tion and oper­a­tion. This part was run by rep­re­sen­ta­tives from SMF, the General Secretary of the Zimbabwean union ZIMU and a rep­re­sen­ta­tive from union con­fed­er­a­tion MCTU, a part­ner of MUM.
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Uruguay | FIM regional workshop on gender equality

Montevideo regional workshop on gender equality: group photo

By Ananay Aguilar

On 30th October – 1st November 2018, FIM held a region­al work­shop on gen­der equal­i­ty in Montevideo in the frame­work of a project fund­ed by Swedish organ­i­sa­tion Union To Union, with sup­port from the Swedish Musicians’ Union SMF. The event brought togeth­er rep­re­sen­ta­tives from Argentina, Brasil, Colombia, Costa Rica, Cuba, Mexico and Uruguay. The local group, organ­ised by José Luis Azaretto of FUDEM and Gisselle Fernández of AUDEM, con­sist­ed of enthu­si­as­tic lead­ers drawn from the cap­i­tal and dif­fer­ent parts of the coun­try.
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Kenya | The government must recognize KeMU as a union!

FIM workshop in Nairobi, Sept. 2018

The polit­i­cal cri­sis in the wake of the 2017 elec­tions in Kenya has cre­at­ed con­sid­er­able dif­fi­cul­ties for pro­fes­sion­al musi­cians whose engage­ments have seri­ous­ly dimin­ished, but also for nation­al union KeMU, whose activ­i­ties and projects have been sig­nif­i­cant­ly disrupted.

It was against this back­drop that, along with SMF and KeMU, FIM organ­ised a nation­al work­shop in Nairobi (4−6 September 2018) with­in the scope of a union train­ing pro­gramme backed by Union to Union. The work­shop focused on devel­op­ing and organ­is­ing the union as well as on gen­der equal­i­ty.
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Ivory Coast | SAMCI continues structuring

FIM-SAMCI workshop, July 2018

FIM and the Musicians’ Union of the Ivory Coast (SAMCI) organ­ised a nation­al train­ing work­shop in Abidjan, from 16 – 19 July 2018, as part of its region­al train­ing pro­gramme backed by Union to Union. The work­shop ben­e­fit­ted from a part­ner­ship with region­al organ­i­sa­tion Arterial Network, whose head­quar­ters are in Abidjan.

The work­shop focused on two issues:
1. the union’s inter­nal organ­i­sa­tion;
2. gen­der equality.

Since July 2017, SAMCI has been offi­cial­ly rec­og­nized as a pro­fes­sion­al union, has become a FIM mem­ber and held empow­er­ment meet­ings for var­i­ous com­mu­ni­ties of musi­cians, main­ly in the Abidjan region.
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