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Organising women workers in the informal economy

Kabeer, Naila ORCID: 0000-0001-7769-9540, Milward, Kirsty and Sudarshan, Ratna (2013) Organising women workers in the informal economy. Gender and Development, 21 (2). pp. 249-263. ISSN 1355-2074

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Identification Number: 10.1080/13552074.2013.802145


This article focuses on the challenges facing organisation among the hardest-to-reach working women in the informal economy. What gives some of them the impetus and courage to organise? What is distinctive about the strategies they draw on to transcend their structurally disadvantated position within the economy? What barriers do they continue to face in their efforts to address the injustices of the economic system? Through analysing the organisational strategies used in different contexts and for different sets of workers, we can start to see a different battery of weapons among these working women, which serve them better and more transformatively than the weapons of the weak on which they previously relied: the weapons of the organised. This article discusses these issues specifically in relation to the experience of two organisations: MAP Foundation, Thailand, and KKPKP, Pune, India.

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Additional Information: © 2013 Oxfam
Divisions: Gender Studies
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor
H Social Sciences > HQ The family. Marriage. Woman
Date Deposited: 26 Sep 2013 14:52
Last Modified: 20 Sep 2021 01:45

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