Banana Link has produced many resources relating to our gender equity work, which are available below:
Celebrating the struggle of women banana workers in Colombia
Women taking the lead in promoting safe and healthy working on plantations in Ghana
Freedom and Fairness for Fyffes workers - Iris Munguia of COLSIBA
Veolette Choumkeu talks about empowering women banana workers in Cameroon
Justice for Women - an interview with Latin American trade union leader Iris Munguia
In this interview, trade union activist Iris Munguia describes how lack of respect for workers' labour rights is widespread in Latin America, especially where there are no unions. Abuses include long working hours, low wages, discrimination and sexual harassment.
After working in the packing depot of one of Chiquita's banana plantations in Honduras for 23 years, Iris Munguia became a trade union leader and a defender of women's rights.
This interview was filmed in June 2011, before Iris was elected as the first ever Coordinator of the Coordinating Body of Latin American Banana and Agroindustrial Workers’ Unions COLSIBA and received the prestigious SOLIDAR Silver Rose Award for her contribution to International Solidarity.
Iris has led efforts throughout the region to strengthen women’s participation in their unions through training and awareness raising, working to ensure that all COLSIBA union members have a Women’s Secretary or at least a Women’s Committee.