13 May, NEWCASTLE: Talk by Ghada Abu Ghalyoun of the PGFTU, Nabllus April 25, 2011

When: Friday 13 May 2011, 12 for 12.15pm

Where: Newcastle Trades Hall Council, 2nd Floor Devonshire House 406-408 King Street

Hosted by: Newcastle Trades Hall Council with Union Aid Abroad-APHEDA

Media contact: Gary Kennedy 0438 550 508

Ms Ghada Abu Ghalyoun from the International Office of the Palestine General Federation of Trade Unions (PGFTU) will be in Newcastle as principal guest speaker at public meeting hosted by Newcastle Trades Hall Council on at 12noon on Friday 13th May, 2011.

All are welcome to the meeting which will be held in the meeting place will be held at the Newcastle Trades Hall Council, 2nd Floor Devonshire House, 406-408 King Street .

As a key human rights advocate, Ms Abu Ghalyoun will be able to give unionists and Australians in general first-hand explanations of the situations of workers and women in the Occupied Palestinian Territories, whose economy has been largely destroyed. Based in the PGFTU central office in the historic town of Nablus in the West Bank, Ms Abu Ghalyoun can speak with authority about the situation facing Palestinian women under Israeli occupation.

Ms Abu Ghalyoun is an executive committee member of the Graphic Workers Union, and Deputy Secretary of the Women’s Department of PGFTU which is currently waging a campaign to raise the minimum wage, particularly for women workers in a campaign which parallels the current . She is also coordinator of the International and Youth Departments of the PGFTU, based in Nablus in the West Bank.

Before joining the Palestine General Federation of Trade Unions, Ms Abu Ghalyoun was active in women’s and youth groups in marginalized areas, building leadership skills in their communities and in human rights campaigns. The Palestine General Federation of Trade Unions, an affiliate of the International Trade Union Confederation led by former ACTU president Sharan Burrow, is the largest trade union federation in Palestine. Ms Burrow marched with Palestinian unionists in Ramallah on the West Bank on May Day this year.

Ms Abu Ghlayoun is a featured speaker at the 2011 annual Nakba Commemoration Lecture at NSW Parliament which highlights the dispossession and expulsion of Palestinians from their homes and homeland in 1948. She is in Australia as the guest of the Coalition for Justice and Peace in Palestine and will be the guest of honour at a community dinner in Bankstown hosted by Union Aid Abroad-APHEDA with the support of Laurie Ferguson, MP for Werriwa.

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