Annual Labor Rights Defenders Awards
Each year, the ILRF Awards ceremony brings together policy leaders, labor activists, and an increasingly diverse group of internationalists who know that human rights and economic justice depend on the ability of workers and their advocates to speak out and defend human rights at work.
ILRF honors trailblazers, both nationally and internationally, for their innovation and visionary leadership in labor rights advocacy, from fighting for safe and just working conditions to demanding corporate accountability. Each honoree is a courageous domestic or international worker rights leader who is a) amplifying the voices of workers, b) standing against worker rights abuses wherever they occur, and c) driving labor or corporate accountability policies to improve workers’ lives. These impressive organizations and individuals are leading labor rights defenders in their own respective community, region, and/or country.
Save the date for the 2020 Labor Rights Defenders Awards:
June 11, 2020 inWashington, D.C.
This year, the Labor Rights Defenders Awards will highlight the intersectionality of labor rights, environmental issues, and children’s rights. Our four honorees in 2020 are:
- Sharan Burrow, General Secretary of the International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC), for her work connecting labor movements with environmental and women’s movements;
- Lorretta Johnson, Secretary-Treasurer of the American Federation of Teachers, for her lifetime dedication and leadership to advancing the rights of educators and children in the U.S. and globally;
- The General Agricultural Workers Union of Ghana (GAWU) for their work to organize and advocate for cocoa farmers’ rights and livelihoods and for its advocacy to stop child labor in the cocoa sector; and
- The Chicago Teachers’ Union as one of the leading campaigns bridging teachers’ rights and children’s rights within the U.S.-wide Red for Ed campaign.