Turkey-Pakistan Team

—Online meetings held September 28 – October 2 and October 5–9, 2020—

Online session with participants (Turkey)

A total of five persons (including four women) in Turkey and 14 persons (all women) in Pakistan participated from Monday, September 28 to Friday, October 2 and from Monday, October 5 to Friday, October 9, respectively, and completed the whole program.

Due to the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic, the program took place online. Nevertheless, the participants and JILAF executives serving as speakers engaged in lively discussions during the question-and-answer sessions, and, judging from their action plans and so on, all the participants obviously gained a good understanding of the program content.

In addition, the extremely high ratio of women participants in both Turkey and Pakistan deserves special mention. Women’s participation and gender equality are major issues for trade unions in those Islamic countries.

The following were the main points of the action plans proposed by the participants:
(1) “I want to lobby so that Japan’s system of social dialogue can be applied in tripartite organizations in Turkey as well.” (Turkey)
(2) “I want to conduct a campaign to improve the social security system, including wage guarantees.” (Pakistan)
(3) “I want to conduct educational activities aimed at eradicating harassment and protecting the rights of women workers.” (Pakistan)

List of Cooperating Organizations

RENGO (Japanese Trade Union Confederation)Japan Productivity Center
Nippon Keidanren (Japan Business Federation)National Association of Labour Banks

Many thanks to everyone.

Photos of the Participants

Opening address by JILAF President Hiroyuki Nagumo (Turkey)

Online session with participants (Pakistan)