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Service: Gender

The Gender Equality Programme works to build cultures of gender equality in trade unions, workplace and community.

The LRS Gender Equality Programme offers rich resources, including empirical research, and capacity building and advocacy activities. 

The programme works with the following framing questions:

How can you make a labour union more gender sensitive?
How can a labour union address gender-based violence in the workplace, community and home?
What will it take for a labour union to work with different stakeholders in creating gender equality?

Our work helps to shape dialogue and supports actions towards ending gender inequality and Gender-Based Violence (GBV) in societies.   

The Gender Equality Programme has consolidated its work with several trade unions, rural organisations and LGBTI (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Intersex) organisations using developmental methodologies including peer learning involving multiple stakeholders, participating writing, own learning and report back into their organisations. 

Our target groups display high levels of self-organisation, creating a real possibility for change that’s directed by themselves and their organisations. 

Focus on ending GBV in communities: Our work around ways of rooting out gender-based violence brings the perspectives and experiences of traditional healers, the police, unionists, community-based organisations, church groups, community police forums, the media, a university and the departments of community safety department and social development. This exposes the social actors to different voices, perspectives and experiences and opens the possibility of shifting the way issues are understood and ideas about the responses required. 

Focus on ending GBV in the Health Sector in South Africa: Through Health Sector Trade Unions and community formations, workers in the sector are claiming the right to have a health system free of gender-based violence. We've produced recommendations for health sector policy on GBV in the health system.

Focus on ending School-Related Gender-Based Violence (SRGBV): The Gender Programme is supporting teacher trade unions in sub-Saharan Africa to have SRGBV as a focus in union gender policies. Through the Trade Unions SADTU (South African Democratic Teachers' Union) and NAPTOSA (National Professional Teachers’ Organisation of South Africa), trade unions in southern and East Africa are claiming the right to safe schools. 

Focus on promoting gender equality in trade unions in Southern Africa: Together with our partners, including the International Labour Office (ILO) and Solidarity Centre, we work with trade union activists to create cultures of gender equality in the trade union and workplace. 

Focus on creating safe and inclusive trade unions and workplaces free of homophobiaThrough the support of The Other Foundation, we support Gender Coordinators to create inclusive and safe spaces in the workplace and union where women, young people, people living with disabilities, migrant workers and LGBT workers feel free to claim and exercise their rights.

We've cooperated with strategic stakeholders, including NGOs, CBOs, government departments in Health, Education, Social Development and Labour in relation to creating workplaces and broader communities free of GBV. The cooperation has proceeded through a series of dialogues and collective impact initiatives, where all the different stakeholders are involved in creating and carrying out strategies for addressing GBV.

Key programme contact:

Nina Benjamin 

Email: [email protected]