Human Trafficking, Forced Labour and Gender dimensions of Globalisation


a side-event to the Oslo Conference on Decent Work

torsdag 4. september 2008, kl. 09:30

Sal: Wergeland

Arrangør: Utenriksdepartementet

Inngang: Billett

Venue: “Litteraturhuset”
Room “Wergeland”, Wergelandsveien 29, 0167 Oslo

Time: Thursday 4 September 2008 from 09h30 to 16h00

Co-chairs: Ms. Astrid H. Ajamay, Coordinator Human Trafficking, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Norway

Mr. Fredrik Arthur, Ambassador for Womens’ Rights and Gender Equality, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Norway


09h30 Registration, coffe and fruit

10h00 Welcome and Opening Address: Mr. Raymond Johansen, State Secretary of Foreign Affairs, Norway

10h15 Measures against forced labour taken by ILO: Mr. Roger Plant, Head of ILO’s Special Action Programme to Combat Forced Labour (SAP-FL)

10h30 Action against trafficking in human beings by the International Organisation of Employers (IOE): Mr. Brent Wilton, Deputy Secretary General

10h45 Q & A

11h00 Role of the private sector – : Norwegian Confederation of Trade Unions, LO:
Ms. Karin Beate Theodorsen, Head of international department. Representative of employers (person tbc)

11h25 Strategies of the NGOs – The Norwegian Red Cross: Mr. Trygve Nordby, Secretary General and Norwegian Church Aid (person tbc)

11h50 Q & A

12:00 Lunch – sandwiches

12h30 Gender Dimensions of Globalisation: Discussion Paper presented by Ms. Amelita King-Dejardin, International Labour Organization.

12h45 Session I – Women’s Ways to Prosperity and Independence

A) Paid employment vs. Entrepreneurship

Working Women’s Rights (in East Africa): by Ms. Rachel English, Project Manager, Women Working Worldwide, UK.

Entrepreneurship, Female Future: Ms. Nina Solli, Adviser Confederation of Norwegian Enterprise, NHO.

B) Migration

International Migration in “The Care Economy”: Ms. Heather Grady, Policy Director, Realizing Rights: The Ethical Globalization Initiative, USA

Comments by Ms. Trine Lise Sundnes, Confederal Secretary, Norwegian Confederation of Trade Unions, LO.

Q & A

14h00 Coffee Break

14h15 Session II – A Closer Look: The Case of Global Supply Chains in Textiles

Chair of session: Ms. Liv Tørres, Consultant and Head of International Department, Norwegian People’s Aid (on leave)

1. ILO convention 182 (Worst Forms of Child Labour):
progress and implementation by Mr Trond Sæbø Skarpeteig, Advocacy Adviser, Save the Children Norway / Save the Children UK (tbc)

2. The situation of marginalised workers in a developed country:
Home workers in the textile industry in Australia by Ms. Serena Lillywhite, Brotherhood of St. Laurence, Australia / ForUM.

3. Experiences from campaigning for decent working conditions in the garment industry by
Ms Tessel Pauli, Urgent Appeals Coordinator, Clean clothes campaign / Framtiden i våre hender.

4. Considerations and screening, from a socially responsible designer’s point of view by Mr. Eivind Pytte Ødegård, FIN

15h15 Q & A

15h45 Rapporteur’s summary of key messages from the event.

16h00 Close of Event