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WBF Task Force on Gender Equity

The World Banana Forum Task Force on Gender Equity has been set up to ensure that gender equity is pushed forward as a cross-cutting theme across the various activities of the WBF and its three Working Groups.

The group seeks to contribute towards a better understanding of gender issues and the realities faced by female workers along the global banana chain whilst ensuring that women representatives of the global banana industry are present and active in all decision making processes that affect them.

The Task Force on Gender was set up following the first Global Meeting of Women Banana Representatives in Ecuador 2012 directly preceding the Second World Banana Forum Conference. A series of recommendations on gender equity were hence presented to the WBF Conference and its working groups and formed a work plan for post-conference activities on gender.

Subsequent key outputs include:

  • ‘Women in the banana export industry’, May 2015 – a Global Overview and Regional Reports for Latin America, West and Central Africa and the Caribbean, funded by the FAO
  • A ‘Global Women’s Strategy Meeting on Gender Equity in the Banana Industry’ funded by Fairtrade Germany and hosted by Fairtrade International in Bonn, December 2015
  • Specific chapters on advances for women workers included in the WBF publication ‘Labour relations: Successful cases within the banana industry’, May 2014
  • Two capacity building workshops for women and male trade union and small producer leaders in Latin America (held in Panama, March 2013) and in Africa (held in Cameroon, September 2013) to empower participants to actively engage in the WBF and its three working groups
  • The adaptation of the WBF Charter to incorporate gender equity as a cross-cutting theme

If you would like to subscribe to the mailing list of the WBF Task Force on Gender Equity or if you are interested in joining the Coordinating Committee, please email Anna Cooper on solidarity@bananalink.org.uk or Victor Prada on Victor.prada@fao.org

Coordinating Committee members:

  • Anna Cooper – Banana Link
  • Sue Longley – IUF International
  • Adwoa Sakyi – IUF Africa
  • Iris Munguia – COLSIBA
  • Silvia Campos – Fairtrade International
  • Kozel Peters - WINFA
  • Victor Prada – WBF Secretariat