Women Workers in China: 1949-2007

1949-2007: Women workers in China

Submitted by Steven. on Jan 18 2010 12:30

Wildcat analyse the situation, role and struggles of women in China from the Cultural Revolution until today. Continue reading


Informal Employment – 12 Theses

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WIEGO Organization and Representation Program: Organization and Representation of Workers in Informal and Unprotected Employment – Twelve Theses

Prefacing Statement

Over the past two decades, the informal economy has expanded in most countries of the world, including developing, transition, and developed economies. Over the past decade or more, informal work is estimated to account for more than half of the new jobs in Latin American and over 80 percent of new jobs in Africa. As a result, the informal economy today accounts for a significant share of employment – from 10-30 percent in different developed countries to 55 percent in Latin America to 45-85 percent in different parts of Asia to nearly 80 percent in Africa – and is comprised of a wide range of informal work arrangements, both resilient old forms and emerging new forms. Continue reading

Organizing Informal Women Workers – Gallin and Horn

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Organizing Informal Women Workers – by Dan Gallin and Pat Horn (2005)

A version of this paper was published in 2005 by the United Nations Research Institute for Social Development (UNRISD) within the framework of its Gender Policy Report. Dan Gallin is Chair of the Global Labour Institute and Pat Horn is coordinator of StreetNet, the international network of street and market vendors.

What are informal workers? To put it simply, they are workers whose rights are not recognized and who are therefore unable to exercise those rights. What is an informal economy? Again, to put it simply, it is an economy where no social rules apply, where the strong prevail by the sole virtue of their strength because they do not meet with organized opposition. Continue reading

Daring Border-Crossers – Agustin

Daring Border-Crossers: A different vision of migrant women

In Sex Work in a Changing Europe, H. Ward and S. Day, eds., 85-94. Kegan Paul, 2004.

Laura Mª Agustín

Published in a slightly different form as ‘Challenging “Place”: Leaving Home for Sex’, Development, 45.1, 110-17 (2002).

As soon as people migrate, the world tends to sentimentalise their home. Warm images are evoked of close families, simple household objects, rituals, songs, and foods.1 Many religious and national holidays, across cultures, reify such concepts of ‘home’ and ‘family’, usually through images of a folkloric past. In this context, migration is constructed as a last-ditch or desperate move and migrants as ‘deprived’ of the place they ‘belong’ to. Yet for millions of people all over the world the place of their birth and childhood is not a feasible or desirable one in which to undertake more adult or ambitious projects, and moving to another place is a normal — not traumatic — solution. Continue reading

Women’s Global Charter for Humanity

Women’s Global Charter for Humanity


We women have been marching a long time to denounce and demand an end to the oppression of women and end the domination, exploitation, egotism and unbridled quest for profit breeding injustice, war, conquest and violence.

Our feminist struggles and those of our foremothers on every continent have forged new freedoms for us, our daughters and sons, and all the young girls and boys who will walk the earth after us. Continue reading

Reinventing, Reimagining, Rebuilding – Labour Internationalism

ReinventingLabour is for people who organize, struggle, analyze, critique and strategize within and around the international labour movement. It is for people who seek a space to share ideas and resources regarding challenges and potentials to strengthen a vibrant, critical, plural and emancipatory movement of all kinds of working people everywhere – a movement intimately related to the new ‘global justice and solidarity movement’ (aka the anti- or alter-globalisation movement). Continue reading