Female Beauty Salon and Hairdressers Workers’ Union in Gaza strengthens its capacity to represent workers and defend their rights
Gaza 13/6/2018 – The Beauty Salon and Hairdressers Workers’ Union in the Gaza Strip, completed a project for “promoting the rights and freedoms of female workers in beauty salons and hairdressing”, aiming at strengthening its capacity to represent workers and defend their rights. This project was part of a sub-grant mechanism under the project “Enhancing Rights and Freedoms of Palestinian Workers” funded by the European Union, which is implemented by the Democracy and Workers’ Rights Center (DWRC), Palestinian Working Woman Society for Development (PWWSD) and COSPE.
Through its project, the trade union was able to increase the awareness of 250 female workers working in the beauty sector in Gaza Strip governorates about concepts and local and international standards on trade union work, the purpose for establishing trade unions and mechanisms for affiliation to unions.
The president of the Beauty Salon and Hairdressers Workers’ Union, Ms. Suha Farawneh, noted that the sub-grant enabled the union to increase the number of its members to 525 workers. Thus it has become one of the biggest trade unions representing female workers in Palestine, exemplifying women’s desire and resolve to improve their situation in the world of work.
The secretary of the union’s board, Mrs. Mayada Massoud, said: “The establishment of our union was a great achievement. Now we have a formal body that can safeguard the rights of workers.” She added: “as members of the board, we are ready to work more on adopting all issues faced by women working in this sector to stop the violations that they are exposed to”.
Established a year ago, the union was able to develop a three-year strategic plan to guide its work in the coming period. It also succeeded in expanding its networking with competent authorities and other actors, and obtained the inclusion of the issues faced by women in this sector among their priorities of action.