Informal Economy and Gender Equality

ILO at OATUU Women Conference in Kenya

The Organisation of African Trade Unions Unity (OATUU) to hold a regional conference on women and informality under the theme “Organizing informal economy workers into trade unions”, 16-17 September in Nairobi, Kenya.

Media advisory | Nairobi, Kenya | 12 September 2014
NAIROBI (ILO News) – The ILO Assistant Director-General and Regional Director for Africa, Aeneas Chapinga Chuma, will address the OATUU Women Conference in Nairobi, Kenya to discuss ways and means of organizing informal economy workers and promoting equality for women and men in the world of work.

The prominence of the informal sector in most African economies stems from the opportunities it offers to the most vulnerable populations such as the poorest, women and youth. Even though the informal sector is an opportunity for generating reasonable incomes for many people, most informal workers are without secure income, employments benefits and social protection.

The International Labour Organisation (ILO) and its partners are currently working on an international instrument, an ILO Recommendation, as a framework for action to facilitate the transition from the informal economy to the formal economy.

Moreover, the Pan-African Trade Union Organisation is expected to formally launch the OATUU Women Commission to campaign for women workers representation and participation in leadership and decision making processes in Africa.

During his visit, Mr Chuma will also meet with Francis Atwoli, the Secretary General of the Central Organisation of Trade Unions (COTU-Kenya) and member of the ILO Governing Body.

The Regional Director for Africa will then proceed to his first visit to Uganda to meet the tripartite constituents and to assess first-hand how ILO supported projects are making an impact on the lives of Ugandans.