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Gender, equality and diversity
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ITCILO Gender Equality Memorial Fund

Achieving gender equality is a long and strenuous process: those who work for it may not see it happen within their lifetime. Their efforts, however, will not be lost. Others will take the relay and carry on the work.

This is what we like to think of dear friends and colleagues who are no longer with us and left us with a legacy that we wish to honour.


Our colleague Elena Gastaldo had gender equality at the heart of her personal journey and professional interests. She left us prematurely at the age of 40 in 2011. Since then, friends and colleagues have been commemorating her through an annual special fellowship offered to an indigenous woman to attend a training course at the International Training Centre of the ILO.


Then in 2014 the international community lost another gender champion, Petra Ulshoefer. A colleague and a friend, outstanding in the promotion of women’s rights and a rigorous and brilliant international civil servant.

To honour their memory, the Programme on International Labour Standards, Rights at Work and Gender Equality has created the:


ITCILO Gender Equality Memorial Fund

Through this fund, we have been offering full fellowships for the Gender Academy, including travel to advocates of indigenous women’s rights.


Once again, we call on your generosity hoping to continue this tradition in the forthcoming 2019 Gender Academy.


Donations will be accepted until 30 September 2019, since the beneficiaries of the Fund normally need visa and travel, which requires early booking.


For further inquiries and/or to endorse meritorious candidates please write to: genderacademy@itcilo.org

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