COTU-K joined the world in celebrating 2017 International Women Day, through a sensitization workshop and doing an awareness walk in the city of Nairobi. The main objectives of the days events were to acquaint the participants with a brief history of the International Women’s Day, to sensitize the participants on COTU (K) Gender Policy and importantly, to sensitize the women and youth trade unionist the art of “Organizing” in trade unions.
When we talk about Trade Union organizing, this means “building union membership a round a relevant bargaining agenda and a package of services to secure effective representation of the workforce”. It must always be noted that; No one joins a Union unless” someone asks them to do so”
In 1977 the UN General Assembly passed a resolution proclaiming a United Nation’s Day for women’s Rights and International Peace.This day is now observed every 8th March as International Women’s Day. The origin of this day dates back to 1857 when on the 8th March a group of New York Garment Workers protested their bad working conditions. Fifty years later, on 8th March 1908, a march was held in New York to commemorate this event of 1857.
In 1910 in Copenhagen, Clara Zetkin of the International Ladies Workers Union urged that a resolution be passed proposing than an “annual day, consisting of a unified international event,” be declared in honour of the movement for Women’s Rights and Freedoms. This led to the celebration of the first International Women’s Day. Following the 1977 UN General Assembly’s resolution, Kenya began to celebrate this day in 1988.