BWI Global Women in Trades Conference: Strong Women, Strong Union, Strong Society

09-12 June 2020

Madrid, Spain

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Dear Colleagues,

the first BWI Global Women in Trades Conference that will be held at The Hotel Melia Barajas in Madrid, Spain from 9 to 12 June 2020. You can find information on the directions by clicking "Directions" page on the left side menu.

This historic event will bring together tradeswomen to highlight their presence in the construction industry, which has been traditionally viewed as a male dominated industry even though women have consistently worked in the sector as both skilled and unskilled workers.  At the same time, the conference will tackle the many challenges women face such as pay gap, lack of career advancement, sexual discrimination and sexual harassment, worksite injuries due to ill-fitting equipment, and lack of strong mentorship and networks.

In addition, the conference will address the important role trade unions play in improving the working lives of women in the trades as well as the initiatives trade unions have undertaken to encourage more women in the trades, organize women into trades unions, and ensure women are integrated in the decision-making process and elected into key leadership positions.

Through a series of panels, workshops and training sessions, the conference will provide an opportunity for women to build their skills, share their experiences, develop regional and global networks, and foster ideas and recommendations to strengthen BWI’s existing national, regional and global programs to ensure gender equality in their unions, workplaces, and communities.

We strongly encourage your union to send a delegation of tradeswomen working on the site, as well as women officers, negotiators, shop-stewards, and organizers who will benefit from the conference.   

Please use the registration link on the left side menu to register and note the deadline for registration is 6 April 2020. 

You can find information on accommodation and online hotel booking by clicking "hotel booking" page on the left side menu.

Yours in Solidarity,           


Ambet Yuson                                                           Rita Schiavi

BWI General Secretary                                             BWI IWC Chair


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