The International Confederation of Free Trade Unions has 194 affiliated organisations in 136 countries on all five continents, with a membership of some 127 million, 34 % of whom are women. The ICFTU is a confederation of national trade union centres, each of which groups together the trade unions of the particular country. In some countries, more than one centre may be affiliated: In special cases, the ICFTU can also accept membership of individual trade unions. The ICFTU gives expression to workers’ international solidarity. It works to establish social justice throughout the world. It organises and directs campaigns on issues such as the abolition of dictatorships,the respect of trade union and workers’ rights, the fight against apartheid, and the protection of the working environment.