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New Zealand Premiere of Breaking the Silence: Burma’s Resistance

New Zealand Premiere of Breaking the Silence: Burma’s Resistance

A new Canadian documentary directed by Pierre Mignault and filmed secretly inside Burma showcases the country’s little known networks of resistance movements. It sheds light on the enormous risks taken by ordinary Burmese, and...

Solidarity, Spring 2009

Solidarity, Spring 2009

The first issue of Solidarity, the newsletter of the Unions Aotearoa International Development Trust, is available below. This issue focuses on some of the work UnionAID partners are doing with dalit workers in Tamil...

Madurai Women’s Development Resource Centre

Madurai Women’s Development Resource Centre

The UnionAID project works closely with the Madurai Women’s Development Resource Centre (also supported by NZAID through Christian World Service) which has achieved remarkable success over many years in supporting  and inspiring Dalit women...

The union is making a difference to our lives

The union is making a difference to our lives

My name is Kaleeswari and I live with my family in a small village on the lower hills of Kodaikanal in Tamil Nadu in South India. There are 32 families in our village and...

Information is empowering

Information is empowering

Burmese migrant workers in Thailand have been learning about their rights in UnionAID project training delivered by our partner, the Federation of Trade Unions of Burma. 19 training courses were held during 2008 to...

Leadership Training for Women

Leadership Training for Women

A new three year UnionAID project with Burmese migrant workers will have a strong focus on leadership training for women. The project has been approved under the NZAID KOHA-PICD programme which will mean that...

Project Leader in Mae Sot

Project Leader in Mae Sot

Saw Min Lwin is the project leader of the joint UnionAID –FTUB project in Mae Sot, Thailand.  Min is well known to many unionists in Wellington because he spent six months here in 2003....

Comment

Comment

The strong support from unions and union members for UnionAID has been very exciting and encouraging. There is clearly a strong identification with our objective of helping workers in our neighbouring countries in the...

Young Leaders for Burma

Young Leaders for Burma

Six young community leaders from Burma are at Victoria University for 6 months under a UnionAID project jointly funded by NZAID. The  programme is divided between English language tuition and a specially designed course...

Dalit workers get organised

Dalit workers get organised

More than 30,000 Dalit workers in Tamil Nadu have formed local unions over the past 2 years as part of the UnionAID project with the Tamil Nadu Labour Union. 164 local unions work together...