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In Review: Tunisia Inclusive Labor Initiative Accomplishments

It has been more than two years since the Global Fairness Initiative began it's program to integrate the informal economy in Tunisia: the Tunisia Inclusive Labor Initiative (TILI). View the graphic below to see all that the TILI team has accomplished these past two years.

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Zohreh Tabatabai Joins Global Fairness Initiative Board


Distinguished diplomat and advocate for women in leadership joins international team of leaders on the GFI Board of Directors

Washington, DC – The Global Fairness Initiative (GFI), an International NGO working to create more equitable, sustainable livelihoods for the working poor, has announced that Zohreh Tabatabai will join the GFI Board of Directors. An admired representative of the UN and ILO, and a resonant voice for women in leadership, Ms. Tabatabai joins a GFI Board comprised of leaders and luminaries representing government, civil society, labor, and private industry from throughout the globe.

"It is a distinct pleasure to welcome my former UN colleague to the Board of this excellent organization,” said Former President of Slovenia and GFI Board Chair Danilo Türk. “Zohreh’s energetic leadership and collaborative spirit will bring great benefit to GFI’s important work.”

Zohreh Tabatabai is a thirty-year veteran of the United Nations and is a familiar face in the diplomatic and global business arenas, having spent many years in high profile positions at the United Nations in various capacities, including three years as the Focal Point for women for the United Nations system. Most recently she served at the International Labor Organization (ILO) in Geneva as a senior member of the Director General’s Cabinet as the Director of Communications. Throughout her tenure in the UN System, she pioneered methods for bringing in outside partners to work on extending the UN’s visibility and effectiveness across a broad range of initiatives.

“We are thrilled to have Zohreh join our fantastic Board of Directors,” said Karen Tramontano, founder of the Global Fairness Initiative. “Her work to promote women as leaders and her unique ability to bring disparate groups together around a common purpose is central to our work and ethos at GFI.”

The Global Fairness Initiative is an International NGO that works to create a more equitable, sustainable approach to economic development, and to make our global economy work for those who need it most, the world’s working poor. For over a decade GFI has steadily built a track record of success through innovative programs to reduce poverty, enfranchise informal communities, and advance human rights and livelihoods in all parts of the world.


Thank you to our 2014 Honorees Sponsors and Guests

GFI Honors Leaders at 2014 Fairness Award (Washington, DC, November 25, 2014)--- Last evening the Global Fairness Initiative (GFI) annual awards dinner celebrated the leadership if three outstanding individuals who have committed themselves and their work to a creating more equitable, sustainable world for working people around the globe. 2014 honorees were: Robert B. Zoellick, former President of the World Bank Group (2007-2012); Karl-Johan Persson, President and CEO of H&M Hennes & Mauritz AB, and Ms. Nani Zulminarni, Founder of Perempuan Kepala Keluarga (PEKKA), Indonesia. The event was hosted by Emmy winning local news anchor Andrea Roane and featured a musical performance by Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee Darlene Love. The Fairness Award was created is it's fifth year and was founded to recognize the role of collaborative leadership in removing the barriers to economic and social opportunity for poor and marginalized communities around the world. WHO:Karen Tramontano founded the Global Fairness Initiative along with the leadership of President Bill Clinton as the first Board Chair. The organization was formed to promote a more equitable, sustainable approach to economic development for the world’s working poor by advancing fair wages, equal access to markets, and balanced public policy to generate opportunity and end the cycle of poverty. GFI has steadily built a track record of success through innovative programs to reduce poverty, enfranchise informal communities, and advance human rights and livelihoods.

2014 Fairness Award Honoree Nani Zulminarni Featured in Indogo! Magazine

2014 Fairness Award Honoree Nani Zulminarni Featured in Indogo! Magazine, Article Chronicles Her Work Toward Women's Empowerment

Nani Zulminarni, GFI's 2014 Fairness Award Grassroots Honoree, was featured in the most recent edition of IndoGo!, an Indonesian magazine that aims to educate and inspire local communities. The article illustrates Nani Zulminarni’s work toward women's empowerment, as well as her accomplishments in different organizations around the world. The Global Fairness Initiative is honored to present such an accomplished and impactful woman with the 2014 Fairness Award!

For an in depth description of Nani’s incredible accomplishments, check out the Indogo! article, which is featured below in its entirety.

Indigenous Guatemalan Communities Gain Recognition

Indigenous Communities Gain Recognition Through Compensation from Guatemalan Government

After thirty years of unsuccessful negotiations, the Guatemalan government has agreed to compensate 33 different indigenous communities affected by the construction of the Chixoy Hydroelectric Power Station. The government agreed to pay the communities over $155 million for damages. Located in the Northern region of Alta Verapaz, the hydroelectric power station negatively affected over 2,300 families, including the death of over 400 local farmers. The agreement not only contains provisions for “repairing houses, land, sanitation, and the improvement of health” but also illustrates the growing influence of indigenous communities in the the actions of the Guatemalan government.

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Write up by Chase Claflin, GFI Intern