women’s work

Senegal: the land belongs to those who work it

Fatou Guèye. After a quarter century of armed conflict, and a socio-economic fabric reduced to shreds, women in Casamance, Senegal, are winning the right to access land and rebuild peace, says Fatou Guèye Ziguinchor is a region in Casamance in the south of Senegal that is separated from the rest of the country by Gambia. […]

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Reclaiming care as a fundamental end in itself

Posted in Labour & Work, The Role of the State on October 31st, 2012 by

Emily Esplen. The benefits of getting women into work have been widely acclaimed in donor circles, popularised by the World Bank’s catchy slogan ‘Gender equality is smart economics’. For feminists who have long been advocating for women’s economic independence as a fundamental cornerstone of women’s liberation, the current preoccupation with stimulating women’s income-generating capacities is […]

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Post conflict reconstruction: ask the women farmers

TABARA NDIAYE. Twenty years of conflict has destroyed the social fabric of Casamance.The only way to re-instate security and eradicate famine in an area once known as the bread-basket of Senegal is to ask the women farmers, says Tabara Ndiaye “How many times have we seen the experts ask our grandfathers questions about the rice […]

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Women defining economic citizenship

Jennifer Allsopp. How can we empower women to participate in existing economic structures but transform them? We need a model of economic power and citizenship that is not simply about sustaining capital or growth, but sustaining and celebrating life itself.  Jenny Allsopp reports directly from the AWID Forum 2012. Here are parts two and  three of her report. […]

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“Food sovereignty” as a transformative model of economic power

JENNIFER ALLSOPP. The argument is being made that “food sovereignty” is an organising principle so demonstrably strong that it has the potential to transform economic power. Can we really invest in it as the ecological principle to take us into the 21st century? Jenny Allsopp reports from the AWID Forum 2012 In order to advance women’s rights and […]

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Making visible the invisible: commodification is not the answer

MARILYN WARING. If you are invisible as a producer in the GDP, you are invisible in the distribution of benefits in the economic framework of  the national budget. As feminists we must embrace an ecological model if we are to transform economic power, and the market and commodification must be seen as the servants of […]

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Women’s Work Exposed: New Trends And Their Implications

Posted in Labour & Work on October 24th, 2012 by

Facts and Issues, No. 10. August 2004 All women work, whether in factories, fields, organizations, markets, corporations, banks, schools, etc., and/or in their communities and in the home. In fact, women spend much of their lifetime working and the work they do is essential to our societies and our economies. Despite the prevalence of women’s […]

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