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Building Power: Women’s Leadership in the Fight for Justice, Democracy, and Fair Work

  • When
  • September 24, 2019 3:00–5:00 p.m.
  • Where
  • Murphy Institute (CUNY School of Labor and Urban Studies), 25 West 43rd Street, 18th Floor, New York, NY 10036
  • Speakers
  • Patrick Gaspard, Shawna Bader-Blau, Anannya Bhattacharjee, Sharan Burrow, Libakiso Matlho, Maricarmen Molina, Rose Auma Omamo & Liz Shuler
  • Programs
  • International Migration Initiative
  • In partnership with
  • Ford Foundation, Freedom Fund, Fundación Avina, AFL-CIO, Solidarity Center, C&A Foundation, Humanity United, Global Labor Justice

Major trends and disruptions are altering the world around us. Threats to human rights and labor rights defenders, closing civic space, automation’s impact on the future of work, and the conditions leading to the #MeToo movement are real challenges to ensuring a fair global economy that works for everyone. However, against these threats there are significant efforts underway to build power, set standards, and ultimately to ensure economic and social justice in communities across the world.

At the frontlines of this fight are determined women who are paving the way for reforms in law, policy, and practice. These leaders understand that to truly course correct we need to build power and work in collaboration. This event will both celebrate their achievements and reflect on what’s worked—and what needs more support—in the fight for justice, democracy, and fair work for all.


  • Patrick Gaspard


    Patrick Gaspard is president of the Open Society Foundations.

  • Shawna Bader-Blau


    Shawna Bader-Blau is executive director of Solidarity Center.

  • Anannya Bhattacharjee


    Anannya Bhattacharjee is the international coordinator of Asia Floor Wage Alliance, a global supply chain campaign for living wages and a violence-free workplace for garment workers in Asia.

  • Sharan Burrow


    Sharan Burrow is the general secretary of the International Trade Union Confederation and a former president of the Australian Council of Trade Unions. 

  • Libakiso Matlho


    Libakiso Matlho is the national director of the Women and Law in Southern Africa Research and Education Trust.

  • Maricarmen Molina


    Maricarmen Molina is the general secretary of the Confederación Sindical de Trabajadores y Trabajadoras de El Salvador-CSTS, one of the largest trade union confederations in El Salvador.

  • Rose Auma Omamo


    Rose Auma Omamo is the general secretary of the Amalgamated Union of Kenya Metal Workers, and the national chair and executive board member of the Central Organization of Trade Unions-Kenya Women’s Committee.

  • Liz Shuler


    Liz Shuler is an American labor activist and, since 2009, secretary-treasurer of the AFL-CIO.

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