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The ITF women’s committee and women’s network

The ITF women’s committee is elected at ITF congress, our top decision-making body, and supported by the ITF women’s department. It leads on the following areas of work:

  • ensuring the ITF executive board is fully informed on issues relating to women transport workers
  • setting the ITF global women’s work programme
  • supporting campaigns and activities run by ITF-affiliated unions as they organise and represent women transport workers around the world
  • encouraging affiliates to find, develop and enable more women leaders at all levels

Diana Holland, chair of the ITF women’s committee, says: “Women transport workers, supported by their transport union, are a powerful force for justice and equality around the world.”

Members of the ITF women’s committee

Always democratic, the women’s committee has 36 members from 31 countries. It includes a chairperson and sectional and regional representatives, with seats reserved for the ITF vice-president and women executive board members.

The committee consists of:

Chair

Diana Holland, Unite the Union, Great Britain

Vice Chair

Kalthoum Barkallah, FNCT, Tunisia

Vice Chair

Ann Anderson, CCWU, Guyana

Young Transport Workers’ Representative

Jasmin Labarda, AMOSUP, Philippines

Section representatives

Civil Aviation

Wadha Salman Daabis, GTUWATT, Jordan

Dockers

Monique Verbeeck, BTB, Belgium

Fisheries

Tracey Mayhew, SIU, United States

Inland Navigation

Valerie Latron, CFDT, France

Railway Transport Workers

Gaebepe Molaodi, BRAWU, Botswana

Road Transport Workers

Wilma Clement, BWU, Barbados

Seafarers

Lena Dyring, NSU, Norway

Tourism Services

Simi Lalsingh, NFIR, India

Africa/Arab World

Regional representative

Maryam Jummai Bello Yassin, NURT, Nigeria

Regional representative

Yvonne Adanlete Lawson, SYNTRAPAL, Togo

Regional representative

Kalthoum Barkallah, FNCT, Tunisia

Asia/Pacific

Regional representative

Mich-Elle Myers, MUA, Australia

Regional representative

Heity Ariaty, SPKA, Indonesia

Regional representative

Wang Mei-Yuan, TTLU, Taiwan

Regional representative

Sheela Naikwade, MSTKS, India

Europe

Regional representative

Silke Mader, ver.di, Germany

Regional representative

Nuria Belenguer, SMC UGT, Spain

Regional representative

Susanne Gallhagen, Kommunal, Sweden

Regional representative

Diana Holland, Unite the Union, Great Britain

Regional representative

Olga Fedorenko, VPMU, Ukraine

Regional representative

Olga Vakulenko, ROSPROFZHEL, Russia

Latin America/Caribbean

Regional representative

Laura Cordoba, FNTCOTAC, Argentina

Regional representative

Ann Anderson, CCWU, Guyana

Regional representative

Alma Teresa Gonzalez, ATM, Mexico

North America

Regional representative

Leslie Dias, UNIFOR, Canada

Regional representative

Sara Gonzalez, IAM, USA

Regional representative

Catina Sicoli, SIU, Canada

Executive Board representatives

Africa/Arab World

Dorothy Nandera, ATGWU, Uganda

Asia/Pacific

Mary Liew, SMOU, Singapore

Europe

Kaia Vask, EMSA, Estonia

Latin America/Caribbean

Arlette Gay, STCLA, Chile

North America

Terri Mast, ILWU, United States

Vice President (Women)

Brigitta Paas, FNV Bondgenoten, Netherlands (2014-2016)

Vice President (Women)

Ekaterina Yordanova, FTTUB, Bulgaria (2016-2018)

The ITF women’s network

This network offers women transport trade unionists an informal way to exchange materials, information and experiences. Unions nominate a main contact and, in some regions, a countrywide network representative.

“It’s important for women in transport unions to share their experience and expertise, and explore how they can play a bigger role in their unions to achieve better pay and conditions for all women transport workers in the country.”

Samar Youssif Safan, ITF Arab World women’s organiser

To join or get in touch with the women’s network, email us at women@itf.org.uk

Do you have a story from the ITF women’s networks?

We’re looking for news stories to feature on the ITF website, e.g. pieces on union initiatives and disputes, or women’s successes in the transport industry.

Email your stories to women@itf.org.uk.

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