Perspectives: Home-based policy still distant dream for millions of workers in Pakistan

By Zehra Khan, General Secretary of Home Based Women Workers Federation and Research and Education Secretary in National Trade Union Federation Women workers held a big rally in Karachi on the occasion of International Women’s Day and demanded the Sindh government to announce the home-based workers’ policy immediately which would give home based workers of the informal sector the status of worker as per the local laws. Despite a long struggle spanning…

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Support Sramik Awaaz (Workers Voices): Law@theMargins Documentary on Labor Organizing in Bangladesh

Law@theMargins Editor Chaumtoli Huq and documentary filmmaker Mohammad Romel are collaborating on a documentary on the labor movement in Bangladesh. The documentary aims to highlight the organizing efforts in the garment industry, efforts by workers to educate others on their trade union rights and in developing female leadership in the union, as well as ways allies abroad can show solidarity.  Listen to Chaumtoli speak about the project with HuffPostLive here….

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Malcolm’s Global Legacy: Prescient Insight on the “War on Terror”

The death of Malcolm X coincidentally falls on the same day of the Language Movement in Bangladesh, where Bangladeshis fought against the imposition of Urdu as a national language by Pakistan. What does the convergence of these historical facts reveal to me as a first-generation Bangladeshi based in the United States? Actually, a number of helpful lessons in understanding the nuances of social justice movements and their relationship to faith, and their dynamism and conflicting and mutually constitutive functions.

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Perspectives: Legalizing Discrimination: Rising Tide of Islamophobia

“It has been weeks since the killings of the Charlie Hedbo journalists in France. It was a horrific act of violence, and no words can describe the sheer absurdity of the event and surreal feeling it spread among people. It is a shame that the aftermath of the events became more gruesome and utterly insane for any civilized society. There were renewed calls for all Muslims to take responsibility, revival of the clash of civilization debates and anti-Muslim activities soared in France. This was in addition to the already existing pseudo scholarship available on the web explaining the true violent nature of Islam. I sat shocked and hurt all over again perhaps finding myself again in a state of defending my faith.”

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