Essential for Recovery: Full Schedule

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Day 1: The Power of Organizing

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HOST OPENING: Sophia Bush (Actress, activist, entrepreneur, advocate, & host of the podcast Work In Progress, US)

WORKER LIGHTNING TALK: Lorraine Sibanda (Street vendor and organizer, Zimbabwe)

Welcome remarks: Mark Malloch-Brown (President, Open Society Foundations, UK)

GLOBAL UNION LEADER LIGHTNING TALK: Christy Hoffman (General Secretary, UNI Global Union, Switzerland)

HOST INTRO: Sophia Bush Introduces Rosheda Muller (President of the South African Informal Traders Alliance, South Africa) and Martha Chen (Lecturer at Harvard University and senior advisor to WIEGO, US)

CONVERSATION: Martha Chen interviews Rosheda Muller on how street vendors are organizing and the way forward to providing them stable lives

WORKER LIGHTNING TALK: Saira Feroze (International Working Committee member, HomeNet, Pakistan)

PERFORMANCE: Sinkane (Musical artist, US)

WORKER LIGHTING TALK: Julia Soanarina (Migrant domestic worker from Madagascar, working in Lebanon)

SHOUT-OUT: Yalitza Aparicio (Actress and activist, Mexico)

WORKER LIGHTNING TALK: Binti Roshida (Malaysia)

VIDEO: Tunisian olive workers

INTERVIEW: Ahmad Awad (Director, Phenix Center for Economic and Informatics Studies, Jordan) interviews Mithqal Zinati (Agricultural worker & activist, Jordan)

ARTS SEGMENT: Xyza Cruz Bacani (Street and documentary photographer, Philipines)

HOST INTRO: Sophia Bush introduces Carmen Brítez (Lawyer, activist and former domestic worker, Argentina) & Edyta Cisek (Nursing home worker, Poland)

ADVOCATE LIGHTNING TALK: Juana del Carmen Brítez (Lawyer/advocate, former domestic worker, Argentina)

WORKER LIGHTNING TALK: Edyta Cisek (Nursing home worker, Poland)

HOST INTRO: Sophia Bush introduces Myrtle Witbooi (President, International Domestic Workers Federation, South Africa) and Maina Kiai (Director, Alliances and Partnerships Program, Human Rights Watch, Kenya)

CONVERSATION: Myrtle Witbooi & Maina Kiai, with Kavita Nandini Ramdas (Director, Women’s Rights Program, Open Society Foundations, US)

HOST INTRO AND CLOSING: Sophia Bush introduces Martin Sheen (Actor and activist, US)




Day 2: Closing The Gap

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WORKER LIGHTNING TALK: Deborah Freeman (General Secretary, Union of Informal Worker Association, Ghana)

WORKER LIGHTNING TALK: Gloria Flores (Nurse and union leader, Chile)

HOST INTRO: Sophia Bush introduces Brid Gould (Global VP of Quality Assurance and Care, Sodexo, Ireland)) and Reena Ninan (Television journalist and founder of Good Trouble Productions, US)

INTERVIEW: Brid Gould interviewed by Reena Ninan

WORKER LIGHTNING TALK: Veronica Velasco (WIEGO, Organ Grinder, Mexico)

GOVERNMENT LIGHTNING TALK : Elizabeth Gómez Alcorta (Minister of Women, Gender and Diversity, Argentina)

PERFORMANCE: Khansa (Artist and performer, Lebanon)

HOST INTRO: Sophia Bush introduces Shirley Pryce (President, Jamaica Household Workers Association, Jamaica)

ADVOCATE LIGHTNING TALK: Shirley Pryce on the importance of ratifying ILO Convention 190

WORKER LIGHTNING TALK: Claribed Palacios (President, Afro-Colombian Union of Domestic Service Workers, domestic for 28 years, Colombia)

ARTS SEGMENT: Irupé Tentorio (Photographer and journalist, Argentina)

SHOUT OUT: Las Tesis (Feminist Collective, Chile), “We stand with essential workers everywhere”

ACTIVIST LIGHTNING TALK: Walden Bello (Academic, environmentalist and social worker, Philippines )

ARTS SEGMENT: Ruben Ochoa (Artist, US)

HOST INTRO: Sophia Bush ontroduces Rose Omamo and Rosa Pavanelli

INTERVIEW [worker + worker/union leader]: Rose Omamo (General Secretary, Amalgamated Union of Kenya Metal Workers, Kenya) interviewed by Rosa Pavanelli (General Secretary, Public Services International, Italy)

HOST INTRO: Sophia Bush introduces Mercedes D’Alessandro (National Director of Economy, Equality and Gender, Ministry of Economy of Argentina) and Xanthe Scharff (Cofounder and Chief Executive Officer, The Fuller Project, US)

INTERVIEW: Xanthe Scharff interviews Mercedes D’Alessandro



Day 3: A Seat At The Table

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INTERVIEW:  Lisa Napoli (Journalist and author, US) interviews Joanna Szustakowska (Nursing home worker, Poland)

SHOUT OUT: Bambadjan Bamba (Actor and activist, US)

HOST INTRO: Sophia Bush introduces Ai-Jen Poo (Executive Director, National Domestic Workers Alliance, US) & Norma Palacios Trabamala (General Secretary, National Union of Workers and Domestic Workers, Mexico)

CONVERSATION: Ai-Jen Poo and Norma Palacio Trabamala

INTERVIEW: Maria do Carmo (Street vendor and aspiring politician, Brazil) is interviewed by Mac Margolis (former Bloomberg Opinion Editor)

HOST INTRO: Sophia Bush introduces Sonia George (National Secretary, Self Employed Women’s Association, India), Guy Ryder (Director-General, International Labour Organization, Switzerland), and Saadia Zahidi (Managing Director, World Economic Forum, Switzerland)


CONVERSATION : Guy Ryder and Saadia Zahidi

WORKER LIGHTNING TALK: Guillermo Giraldo (National President of General Union of Workers, Colombia)

GOVERNMENT LIGHTNING TALK: Ambassador Katherine Tai (United States Trade Representative)

SHOUT OUT: Dr Musa Mthombeni (Medical doctor and entertainer, South Africa)

BUSINESS LIGHTNING TALK: Emmanuel Faber (Co-Chair of the Board, Business For Inclusive Growth, France)

HOST INTRO: Sophia Bush introduces Lamine Sarr (Founder, Top Manta, Spain)

VIDEO: Top Manta’s Lamine Sarr

BUSINESS LIGHTNING TALK: Halla Tomasdottir (CEO, The B Team, Iceland and US)

PERFORMANCE: Sonam Kalra (Musical artist, India)

HOST INTRO: Sophia Bush introduces Sharan Burrow (General Secretary, International Trade Union Confederation, Belgium), Lauren Compere (Boston Common Asset Management, US) and Rebecca Rainey (Journalist, Politico, US)

CONVERSATION: Rebecca Rainey moderates a conversation with Sharan Burrow and Lauren Compere

CLOSING REMARKS: Tom Perriello (Executive Director, Open Society-US, Open Society Foundations, US)