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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

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

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

Mich-Elle Myers (MUA, Australia)

Vice Chair

Wilma Clement (BWU, Barbados)

 

Africa

Regional representative

Anika Manavi (SYNTRAPAL, Togo)

Regional representative

Maryam Jummai Bello Yassin (NURTW, Nigeria)

Regional representative

Wendy Mwaonanji Kavolo (RWUM, Malawi)

Arab World

Regional representative

Kalthoum Barkallah (FNCT, Tunisia)

Asia/Pacific

Regional representative

Mich-Elle Myers (MUA, Australia)

Regional representative

Heity Ariaty (until retirement 2019 end) then Tina Agustien 2020-Congress (both from SPKA, Indonesia)

Regional representative

Enktugs Bat-Erdene (FMRWU, Mongolia)

Regional representative

Sheela Naikwade (MSTKS, India)

Europe

Regional representative

Nuria Belenguer (UGT, Spain)

Regional representative

Susanne Gallhagen (Kommunal, Sweden)

Regional representative

Diana Holland (Unite the Union, UK)

Regional representative

Maya Schwiegershausen-Güth (ver.di, Germany)

Regional representative

Olga Vakulenko (ROSPROFZHEL, Russia)

Regional representative

Madlen Yordanova (FTTUB, Bulgaria)

Latin America/Caribbean

Regional representative

Alma Teresa Gonzalez (ATM, Mexico)

Regional representative

Laura Cordoba (FNTCOTAC, Argentina)

Regional representative

Dionne Howard (BWU, Barbados)

North America

Regional representative

Sara Gonzalez (IAM, USA)

Regional representative

Joy Thomson (CMSG, Canada)

Regional representative

Leslie Dias (Unifor, Canada)

Section representatives

Civil Aviation

Dorsaf Saihi (FNT, Tunisia)

Dockers

Monique Verbeeck (BTB, Belgium)

Fisheries

Sylvie Roux (FGTE-CFDT, France)

Inland Navigation

Valérie Latron (FGTE-CFDT, France)

Railway Workers

Simi Lalsingh (NFIR, India)

Road Transport Workers

Wilma Clement (BWU, Barbados)

Seafarers

Lena Dyring (NSU, Norway)

Tourism Services

Praveena Singh (AIRF, India)

Executive Board women regional representatives

Africa

Juliana Mpanduji (COTWU (T), Tanzania)

Arab World

Meryem Halouani (UMT, Morocco)

Asia/Pacific

Mary Liew (SMOU, Singapore)

Europe

Valérie Latron (FGTE-CFDT, France)

Latin America/Caribbean

Janaina Fernandes (FNTF, Brazil)

North America

Terri Mast (ILWU, US)

Young women transport workers’ representative

 

Jasmin Labarda (AMOSUP, Philippines)

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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