Bashiratu Kamal

Bashiratu Kamal

Expected Graduation Date: August 10, 2019

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Currently a full-time graduate student at The Pennsylvania State University in State College, PA, Ms. Bashiratu Kamal will earn her Master of Professional Studies (MPS) degree in Global Workers’ Rights in August of 2019.

Ms. Bashiratu Kamal has been working full-time for seven years with the General Agricultural Workers’ Union (GAWU) of the Trades Union Congress of Ghana (TUC) as a Training and Education Officer with special expertise in industrial relations and gender equality. She facilitated her Union’s holding, for the first time in its 56-year life, ten regional and national Women’s Conferences within the Union. Thereafter, Ms. Kamal spearheaded the drafting and adoption of amendments to the GAWU constitution on Women’s Structures. These ensured the visibility of a National Women’s Committee in the life of the union and its integration into the main structures of GAWU.

She holds a Bachelor of Administration degree in Human Resource Management, a Diploma in Development Leadership, and a Higher National Diploma in Journalism. Among the certificates she holds are ones in Inclusiveness, Diversity and Non-Discrimination in the World of Work (from the International Training Centre (ITC) of the International Labor Organization (ILO), in Turin, Italy) as well as in Leadership (from the Robert F. Wagner Institute of New York University), studying as part of a Cohort of the Ghanaian Women’s Social Leadership Program.

Ms. Kamal also holds certificates on Youth Leadership from the Fredrich Ebert Stiftung Foundation (FES), Youth and Gender Development from the Organization of African Trades Unions (OATU), Gender Equality and Mutual Gains Negotiations from the ITC of the ILO, and Gender and Organizational Development from the Finnish trade union, SASK. Within the Trades Union movement in Ghana, she is one of a few Gender Budgeting and Auditors trained by the International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC) – Africa.

In GAWU, she facilitated the establishment of Women’s Committees in 30 communities to ensure the proper integration of informal economy women into the Union’s structures and activities. She facilitated the development of a gender policy for the Union in 2016. She led various Union campaigns on the provision of child care facilities at employer workplaces, strengthening maternity protection, and campaigning against violence and sexual harassment at work. Her responsibilities for GAWU included ensuring that collective bargaining agreements are sensitive to all genders at the workplace.

She contributed to the drafting of the National Youth Policy of Ghana in 2008/9 as a student leader and the drafting of the Youth and Gender Policies of the Trades Union Congress- Ghana. She was one of the team members to finalize structures of young workers within the TUC-Ghana. She is a member of the National Women’s Committee of the TUC- Ghana, the Women’s Manifesto Coalition of Ghana and the Network of Women’s Rights Organizations in Ghana (NETRIGHT)

Ms. Kamal is the immediate past Assistant Secretary of the National Youth Committee of the Trades Union Congress-Ghana and the Secretary to the National Women’s Committee of her

Union. She served in various position as a student leader, including the Women’s Commissioner of the National Union of Ghana Students in 2008/2009.