Montreal International Women’s Conference builds global solidarity
Back row / l-r : Laurie Duncan, Local 175; Nancy Quiring, National Office; Odette Perron, Local 501; Emmanuelle Lopez, National Office;
Sister Quiring was one of nine UFCW Canada women (see photo) at the conference that was organized by Femmes de Diverses Origines – Women of Diverse Origins, Montreal; Gabriela from the Philippines, Action Network for Marriage Migrants' Rights and Empowerment (AMMORE), as well as Asian Rural Women.
Workshops and plenary sessions covered various themes including: Women Workers; Women and Health; Women and Migration; The Struggles of Indigenous Women; Women from Rural Lands; and Violence Against Women, to name a few.
“While the stories are different country to country, we learned from each other the challenges facing working women internationally are the same,” says Sister Quiring.
“Women workers around the world continue to face wage inequality, violence, job discrimination, and family pressures. By reaching across borders, the Montreal conference was an empowering first step in building a worldwide community of sisters committed to positive change for working women everywhere.”
Tess Tessalona, Conference Secretariat
Vol. X No. 34 • August 30, 2010