International Women’s Day also once known as International Working Women’s Day gives us an opportunity to think about workers’ rights in the garment industry from the perspective of the majority female workforce and the female migrant workers who work abroad as domestic workers.
Law@theMargins Editor Chaumtoli Huq speaks to Phoebe Taubman, Senior Staff attorney at A Better Balance and Anamaria Segura, staff attorney at MFY Legal Services about the issues women face at the workplace in celebration of International Women’s Day.
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…
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….
Shahida Parveen Shikha, office secretary of Bangladesh Trade Union Center, and General Secretary of National Women Workers Trade Union Center, shares the importance of women workers joining the trade union movement, and why trade unions must develop female leadership.
Ms. Aneno Catherine, the General Secretary of the Uganda Textile, Garment, Leather and Allied Workers Union (UTGLAWU), writes about her experiences helping to address the many challenges that women face both in the work place and in the organizing world.
Law@theMargins Editor Chaumtoli Huq moderated a Google Hangouts on Air discussion on how those in the U.S. are trying to secure Palestinian rights and self-determination non-violently through global boycotts, divestment and sanctions (BDS).
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.
The way in which Malcolm X has been represented in the mainstream is curious to me. I do not believe that we have been provided with the whole picture of this powerful leader due to how threatening he was to the status quo. As a civil rights lawyer who has worked with Muslim women around the globe and who has family rooted in Gujarat, India, I am familiar with the…
“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.”