Constructing Solidarities for a Humane UrbanismMain MenuWhat is this publication about?Publication ModulesThe Movements: Forging Transnational SolidaritiesDisplacement, Racism and Alienation in the Time of Late CapitalismSection IGetting Through CollectivesSection IIForging Radical CareSection IIIAcknowledgementsSpeaker BiographiesThis page contains biographies of speakers from the Constructing Solidarities for a Humane Urbanism symposium who appear in videos in this publication.Editorial TeamAbout this BookCitation and Copyright InformationFaranak Miraftabdee1a2b05e577d4126d3fbe6e514c7a2a789da58Ken Edgar Salo474c1fe2345b49f81d0fc1a403d986f631134469Efadul Huqdf371c6ceafa04287ef25b4c87a51165e3aaf53fAtyeh Ashtari1e6f8d296ef164ea5d37faaa756eadaf8374f84eDavid Aristizabal Urreabbb4a8304ac70c6e6b59b106ea0c2493f06b7caaPublished by Publishing Without Walls, Urbana, Ill., part of the Illinois Open Publishing Network,
“Solidarities Across Borders: Reflections from Transnational Feminisms”
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12018-04-03T16:15:52-05:00Challenges to Feminist Solidarities15Module 3.1plain2019-01-02T12:00:15-06:00From motherhood to biology, Manisha Desai invokes the images of feminist practices that circulate in our understandings of feminist activism. An attention to gender is not simply a step to be checked off a recipe book before moving to the next one. An attention to gender requires a constant engagement with practices on the ground. Desai uses the example of the International Labor Organization (ILO) Convention 189 Domestic Workers Bill of Rights to discuss how multi-scalar organizing led to ILO recognizing care work as actual labor. While this convention may seem like a big picture achievement, Desai argues that big picture achievements cannot be what feminism is about. Instead, she invites us to find feminist practices on the ground through the relationships that make such achievements possible. The labor movement, for example, worked together with domestic women workers in defining care work, addressing existing inequalities, and challenging the private/public separation when drafting the ILO convention. But even in such collaboration, a gender perspective reveals important challenges. While the collaboration between ‘experts’ and domestic workers ultimately led to the adoption and in many cases ratification of Convention 189, it also laid bare issues of representation and power between these actors. Activist voices with no English proficiency, for example, were coopted by professional organizers. Their care labor was made invisible or secondary to that of professional organizers, while no actual material gains for workers came from the adoption of the convention alone. In discussing these challenges, Desai wants to draw attention to the discrepancy between legal recognition and material prosperity that runs through most forms of care work around the world. One of Desai’s informants puts it best when claiming: “I don’t want a right to housing, I want a house.”
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