Building our shared vision of a feminist world of work

Women are disproportionately impacted by the dominant economic system as well as intertwining patriarchal and racist structures in their homes, in their communities and at work. While women are part of wider workers’ struggles against exploitation, multiple and intersecting forms of discrimination in law and practice result in more precarious working conditions and greater impoverishment for women.

To counter this reality, the Women and ESCR Working Group (WESCR WG) is aiming to elevate a feminist intersectional vision of women in the world of work, bridge movements and struggles to confront systemic injustices faced by women in the context of work and promote the recognition and redistribution of unpaid care work. Members of the WESCR WG have identified key issues to prioritize in evolving analysis and are actively engaged in mobilizations and advocacy on a global level regarding women´s rights in the context of work. Some of these initiatives include the Women´s Global Strike, the ratification of the ILO Convention on violence and harassment against women in the world of work, and the forthcoming binding treaty on transnational corporations and other business enterprises with respect to human rights.

The ´Toward a feminist world of work´ webinar series aims to advance the following objectives:

  • Deepen and popularize an intersectional approach to relevant global advocacy focused on women’s rights in the context of work;   
  • Collectively build knowledge and promote political education regarding women´s rights in the context of work informed and guided by grassroot struggles; and
  • Center and amplify the visions and analysis of women with intersecting identities and from marginalized groups across regions.
  • Contribute to mobilization and inclusive movement-building to challenge the injustices being faced by women in the world of work.

 

1  | Women’s Strikes and the Power of Solidarity. Confronting systemic oppression and taking action in the face of global crises. 

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2  | Connecting struggles to address corporate abuse: Women´s stories of resistance across regions and how they must inform the binding treaty on business and human rights.

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3  | Unpaid care work, social protection systems and access to public services in the time of austerity.  [30 or 31 October, TBC]

4  | Violence and harassment against women in the world of work .[19 or 20 November, TBC]

5  | The Future of Work is Feminist: Visions and practices for the world of work that we want. [March 2020]

See here for more information about the webinar series of the Women and ESCR working group.

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