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REPORT: Confronting root causes: forced labour in global supply chains

Genevieve LeBaron, Neil Howard, Cameron Thibos and Penelope Kyritsis

The impact of the 'Swedish model' in France: chronicle of a disaster foretold

What happens when policymakers are guided by their biases, instead of the voices of the people they are trying to help?

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The impact of the 'Swedish model' in France: chronicle of a disaster foretold

What happens when policymakers are guided by their biases, instead of the voices of the people they are trying to help?

openDemocracy.net - free thinking for the world

Why is Ireland still placing people detained for immigration-related purposes in prisons?

Research from Nasc sheds light on the treatment of those refused ‘leave to land’ at Irish borders and individuals held in detention for immigration-related purposes.

The impact of the 'Swedish model' in France: chronicle of a disaster foretold

What happens when policymakers are guided by their biases, instead of the voices of the people they are trying to help?

No loopholes, no exceptions

Domestic workers and farmworker women join forces to end sexual violence in their industries, leaving no one behind.

Subcontracting and forced labour in Italy: a tale of depoliticised labour relations

In Italy, discourses around labour subcontracting in the agricultural sector serve an important purpose: obscuring the root causes of labour exploitation.

Changing the conversation on labour migration in Southeast Asia

A regional study interrogates some of the commonly held assumptions about which factors lead to better outcomes for migrant workers.

The false promise of the Nordic model of sex work

The model of criminalising only the clients of sex workers is becoming increasingly popular, but what do those working with sex workers in Finland actually think of it?

When is sex work 'decent work'?

The world is aiming to have ‘decent work for all’ by 2030. What could that look like for one of the most stigmatised professions in the world?

If you control movement, you control sex workers

Sex work in Switzerland isn’t in itself illegal, but for irregular migrants working in the industry that is little comfort.

Crossed boundaries? Migrants and police on the French-Italian border

An eyewitness account and analysis of what it means for French customs officials to force a Nigerian man to urinate in Italy. 

'Let the market decide': the ultimate cop-out in the fight against labour exploitation

Consumers don't have the time or the spare cash to only purchase ethically from companies they've thoroughly researched. Why do we pretend they do?

Always an afterthought: women in the informal sector

Millions of women work in the Indian informal sector, but very few have a voice at the table. One labour organiser explains their challenges and what they really need from western allies.

Searching for social justice in India

How does one tackle inequality within the caste system?

Hidden in plain sight: forced labour constructing China

Invisible coercion through withheld wages, lack of employment contracts, and discrimi-nation of migrant workers is widespread in China's construction sector.

Neoabolitionism’s last laugh: India must rethink trafficking

India’s new trafficking bill seeks a wide array of new powers to punish, but does nothing to address the causes of exploitation in the first place.

Waves of suffocation: two years of the EU-Turkey deal

Two years ago Chios transformed from a waypoint into a detention centre. A local resident asks, was stripping the island of its humanity worth it? 

The draft global compact on migration fails one of its guiding principles. Here is how to fix it.

As delegates begin to debate Zero Draft of the Global Compact on Safe, Orderly, and Regular Migration, they must be careful not to undermine already existing rights.

Why boycott Wendy’s? Ask women farmworkers.

The time is up for corporate leaders who turn a blind eye to gender-based violence and labour abuses in their supply chain. 

Whom should I marry? Genealogical purity and the shadows of slavery in southern Senegal

Hard choices are made when arranged marriages collide with a slave past.

The multiple roots of Emiratiness: the cosmopolitan history of Emirati society

The UAE, like many other Arabian Gulf States, claims to be home to a homogenous Arab population. In doing so it assimilates rather than acknowledges the region’s slave past.

#WeAreOutiHicks: the fight to end gender-based violence in the construction sector

Women in construction experience some of the highest rates of sexual harassment and gender-based violence. Let’s not forget women like Outi Hicks in the current #MeToo moment.

“She is not a ‘Abid”: blackness among slave descendants in southern Tunisia

Connected first by a slave-master relationship and now by geographical proximity, the ‘white’ and ‘black’ populations of Ghbonton, Tunisia have a complex relationship with each other.

Are Haratines black Moors or just black?

The racialisation of the anti-slavery struggle in Mauritania has created a patchwork of identities and alliances.

On colour and origin: the case of the akhdam in Yemen

The shift towards a collective identity based on race has had major implications for Yemen’s most marginalised people.

“In the skin of a black”: Senegalese students and young professionals in Rabat

Even student and young professional Senegalese migrants have to navigate the legacies of slavery in Morocco as ‘Africans’.

Being 'black' in North Africa and the Middle East

Former slaves and their descendants in North Africa and the Middle East might be formally free, but the racial legacies of slavery continue to affect intimate, social and political forms of life.

The power of speaking out: an interview with South Africa’s pioneering activist for domestic workers’ rights

Myrtle Witbooi spent decades working as a domestic worker, before becoming a leader in the domestic worker movement. Her message is simple: domestic work is decent work, and should be treated as such.

En quête de reconnaissance: les travailleurs domestiques se mobilisent en France

Malgré les avancements importants accomplis par le mouvement syndical en France, le gouvernement français se doit de reconnaître (enfin) le travail des employés domestiques. English

From anonymity to recognition: domestic workers organise in France

While unions in France have made significant strides in the advancement of domestic workers’ labour rights, the French government needs to fully recognise domestic labourers. Français

Defendiendo los derechos de los empleados domésticos en México

Los trabajadores domésticos en México sufren de una falta de protecciones legales, y hacer valer a los convenios laborales internacionales. English

The precarity of domestic workers in Mexico

Mexican domestic workers face precarious protections and a lack of legal recognition, despite international efforts to recognise their rights. Español

Home: a black hole for workers’ rights

Why are governments and populations so resistant to treating cleaners and carers as workers?

Allies or co-conspirators: what does the domestic workers’ movement need?

Improving labour conditions within individual work relationships is not enough. We need to strive for systemic change in the care industry.

Beyond individual responsibility: what domestic employers need to know

Household employers need to understand the roots of their asymmetrical work relationships before they can be allies in the domestic worker struggle.

Potential avenues for domestic employer-worker solidarity in the Philippines

From passive observers to active members in the fight for domestic workers rights, domestic employers in the Philippines may have gone a long way, but more work needs to be done.

It takes two to tango: how employers can help formalise the domestic work sector

Domestic workers are organising and educating employers on how to be better allies in the fight for domestic workers rights, but employers must also do their part.

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