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overcoming their problems and the various forms of oppression.

This form of training is found to be particularly effective in breaking through language barriers, overcoming the usual trainer-trainee hierachical relationship as well as the passive one-way learning that seldom stimulates the creativity and strength of the participants.

The following three days were devoted to small workshop groups to discuss : Emerging Women Workers’ Issues resulting from Globalization and Innovative Women Workers Organizing Strategies. The partcipants were divided into three groups, to share and reflect on the major concerns facing women workers in their respective countries and how they, through their organizations and activities, overcome them. The caucuses reported in the Plenary on the fourth day. The resource persons from the Philippines synthesized the various caucus reports to give a comprehensive framework to the women workers' struggles in Asia today. Experiences of the resource persons in organizing women workers in their own country were also shared.

On the last day, certain training modules used by the participants were picked out for presentation as case studies. They were from Sri Lanka, Thailand, South Korea and Taiwan.

a) The module from Sri Lanka focused on leadership training of women workers from the Free Trade Zones;

b) Thailand focused on gender-sensitivity training of women workers at the shop-floor level;

c) South Korea concentrated on self-awareness and communication skills;

d) Taiwan was on Gender Equality in Trade Union Organizing.

By early 1998, CAW will publish a Regional Trainers’ Guidebook that documents and hopes to crystallize the experiences and expertise of the workshop, so that this can in turn be shared with a wider audience. This will be later translated into the local languages where our network groups operate, so that grassroot leaders could benefit from it as a resource book.

The Guidebook will adopt an integrated approach to women workers organizing by highlighting the following elements:

1. Explaining what is a Participatory and Integrated Approach to Training

2. Explaining Women Workers Situation and the Movement in Asia today

3. Leadership Training of Women Workers

4. Characteristics of an Effective Women's Leader/Organizer

5. Samples of Training Modules

6. Creative and Cultural Forms for Training and Education

7. Limitations and Challenges in using the various modules

Underlying all these, it will also give a clear Asian women's perspective, so that CAW's network groups and like-minded organizations can be strengthened in awareness on gender equality issues. Your comments and suggestions on how to make this guidebook more effective and meaningful is most welcome!

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Asian Women Workers Newsletter Vol. 16 No. 4 October 1997