The Declaration on Gender Equity in Musicians’ Unions, drafted by women union leaders on 1st November 2018 in Montevideo, was unanimously adopted by Latin American union leaders in Bogota.
By Ananay Aguilar
On 27–29 November 2018, FIM held a regional workshop in Bogota in the framework of a project funded by Swedish organisation Union To Union, with support from the Swedish Musicians’ Union SMF. The event brought together representatives from Argentina, Brasil, Colombia, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Mexico, Panama, Peru and Uruguay.
For some fifteen years now, Swedish union SMF has been developing a union training course for its Malawi counterpart, MUM.
FIM, the Swedish Musicians’ Union (SMF) and the Musicians’ Union of Malawi (MUM) organised a union training workshop in Lilongwe from 23 to 25 October 2018, with financial backing from Swedish confederation Union to Union.
Two issues were addressed at the same time:
1. Union organisation and operation. This part was run by representatives from SMF, the General Secretary of the Zimbabwean union ZIMU and a representative from union confederation MCTU, a partner of MUM.
On 30th October – 1st November 2018, FIM held a regional workshop on gender equality in Montevideo in the framework of a project funded by Swedish organisation Union To Union, with support from the Swedish Musicians’ Union SMF. The event brought together representatives from Argentina, Brasil, Colombia, Costa Rica, Cuba, Mexico and Uruguay. The local group, organised by José Luis Azaretto of FUDEM and Gisselle Fernández of AUDEM, consisted of enthusiastic leaders drawn from the capital and different parts of the country.
The political crisis in the wake of the 2017 elections in Kenya has created considerable difficulties for professional musicians whose engagements have seriously diminished, but also for national union KeMU, whose activities and projects have been significantly disrupted.
It was against this backdrop that, along with SMF and KeMU, FIM organised a national workshop in Nairobi (4–6 September 2018) within the scope of a union training programme backed by Union to Union. The workshop focused on developing and organising the union as well as on gender equality.
FIM and the Musicians’ Union of the Ivory Coast (SAMCI) organised a national training workshop in Abidjan, from 16–19 July 2018, as part of its regional training programme backed by Union to Union. The workshop benefitted from a partnership with regional organisation Arterial Network, whose headquarters are in Abidjan.
The workshop focused on two issues:
1. the union’s internal organisation;
2. gender equality.
Since July 2017, SAMCI has been officially recognized as a professional union, has become a FIM member and held empowerment meetings for various communities of musicians, mainly in the Abidjan region.