A Colombian women workers' leader who fought slave-like conditions will speak in Newcastle next week.
Women Sugar Cane Cutters Committee president Alfamir Castillo will address a Northern TUC, Unison and War on Want-organised meeting next Monday.
Ms Castillo led the 2008 mobilisation of the female relatives of sugar-cane cutters who mounted a historic two-month strike over working conditions in south-west Colombia.
The women played a vital role, organising solidarity for the strike as well as confronting police.
Ms Castillo's 15-year-old son was murdered by the Colombian army in 2008 and the resulting court case against the soldiers responsible has led to kidnap attempts, gun attacks and constant threats against and harassment of her and her family.
The meeting starts at 5.30pm on Monday March 11, at the TUC Regional Office, Pilgrom Street, Newcastle upon Tyne.