It has been more than two years since the Global Fairness Initiative began it's program to integrate the informal economy in Tunisia: the Tunisia Inclusive Labor Initiative (TILI). View the graphic below to see all that the TILI team has accomplished these past two years.
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Distinguished diplomat and advocate for women in leadership joins international team of leaders on the GFI Board of Directors
Washington, DC – The Global Fairness Initiative (GFI), an International NGO working to create more equitable, sustainable livelihoods for the working poor, has announced that Zohreh Tabatabai will join the GFI Board of Directors. An admired representative of the UN and ILO, and a resonant voice for women in leadership, Ms. Tabatabai joins a GFI Board comprised of leaders and luminaries representing government, civil society, labor, and private industry from throughout the globe.
"It is a distinct pleasure to welcome my former UN colleague to the Board of this excellent organization,” said Former President of Slovenia and GFI Board Chair Danilo Türk. “Zohreh’s energetic leadership and collaborative spirit will bring great benefit to GFI’s important work.”
Zohreh Tabatabai is a thirty-year veteran of the United Nations and is a familiar face in the diplomatic and global business arenas, having spent many years in high profile positions at the United Nations in various capacities, including three years as the Focal Point for women for the United Nations system. Most recently she served at the International Labor Organization (ILO) in Geneva as a senior member of the Director General’s Cabinet as the Director of Communications. Throughout her tenure in the UN System, she pioneered methods for bringing in outside partners to work on extending the UN’s visibility and effectiveness across a broad range of initiatives.
“We are thrilled to have Zohreh join our fantastic Board of Directors,” said Karen Tramontano, founder of the Global Fairness Initiative. “Her work to promote women as leaders and her unique ability to bring disparate groups together around a common purpose is central to our work and ethos at GFI.”
The Global Fairness Initiative is an International NGO that works to create a more equitable, sustainable approach to economic development, and to make our global economy work for those who need it most, the world’s working poor. For over a decade GFI has steadily built a track record of success through innovative programs to reduce poverty, enfranchise informal communities, and advance human rights and livelihoods in all parts of the world.
Nani Zulminarni, GFI's 2014 Fairness Award Grassroots Honoree, was featured in the most recent edition of IndoGo!, an Indonesian magazine that aims to educate and inspire local communities. The article illustrates Nani Zulminarni’s work toward women's empowerment, as well as her accomplishments in different organizations around the world. The Global Fairness Initiative is honored to present such an accomplished and impactful woman with the 2014 Fairness Award!
For an in depth description of Nani’s incredible accomplishments, check out the Indogo! article, which is featured below in its entirety.
After thirty years of unsuccessful negotiations, the Guatemalan government has agreed to compensate 33 different indigenous communities affected by the construction of the Chixoy Hydroelectric Power Station. The government agreed to pay the communities over $155 million for damages. Located in the Northern region of Alta Verapaz, the hydroelectric power station negatively affected over 2,300 families, including the death of over 400 local farmers. The agreement not only contains provisions for “repairing houses, land, sanitation, and the improvement of health” but also illustrates the growing influence of indigenous communities in the the actions of the Guatemalan government.
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Write up by Chase Claflin, GFI Intern