In this resolution, the 3rd ITUC Asia Pacific Conference recalls that ITUC-AP and its affiliates set out their vision for gender equality through the Platform of Action for Gender Equality (PAGE 2011-2015). ITUC-AP, working with affiliates and partners, has carried out a number of strategies and approaches in support of gender equality and women’s empowerment. It notes that while progress has been made in the region in the last four years, often as a result of trade union-led campaigns, advocacy, and representation, the pace of change has been slow and highly uneven both within and among countries in the region.
The Conference notes with serious concern that gender gaps in education, employment, wages, and participation in leadership positions in unions and society threaten to push back hard-won successes and gains for women and girls. Therefore, the Conference endorses the ITUC-AP Platform of Action for Gender Equality (PAGE) 2015-2019 and commits the ITUC-AP, working with affiliates and the GUFs to actions around four thematic areas: increasing women’s labour force participation and access to decent work, building a union leadership with a minimum of 30% women representation, organizing informal, precarious, and domestic workers, and recruiting and organizing young women workers.