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

Genevieve LeBaron, Neil Howard, Cameron Thibos and Penelope Kyritsis

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. - free thinking for the world

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. - free thinking for the world

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. 

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.

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.

“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.

#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.

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

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

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

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.

¿Aliados u obstáculos? El papel de los empleadores domésticos en Colombia

Las trabajadoras domésticas en Colombia han liderado una larga lucha por sus derechos laborales. Le toca a sus patronos tomar el próximo paso para formalizar el trabajo doméstico. English

Allies or obstacles? The role of domestic employers in Colombia

Female domestic workers in Colombia have led a long struggle for their rights as workers. It’s up to employers to take the next step towards formalising domestic work. Español

Dispelling myths: why domestic employer-worker solidarity is not so far-fetched

Important research from California shows that many employers have more in common with the domestic workers they employ than you might think.

A win-win scenario? The fight for domestic workers’ rights benefits employers too

Employers can be key actors in the struggle for decent work for domestic workers, and this does not need to be against their interests.

Beyond ‘maids and madams’: can employers be allies in new policies for domestic workers’ rights?

Workers have led significant campaigns the fight for domestic workers rights. But what about employers? How can they contribute to the fight?

Understanding the interpersonal and the structural context of domestic work

Domestic employer-worker relationships can be difficult, but it doesn’t have to be that way.  

How President Trump is fueling Honduran migration north

Why is the United States supporting an authoritarian regime in Honduras that is bulldozing democracy and human rights? Español

Cómo el presidente Trump está provocando la migración hondureña hacia el norte

¿Por qué Estados Unidos apoya al régimen autoritario en Honduras, que está arrasando la democracia y los derechos humanos? English

In lieu of a silver bullet: #metoo in the global workplace

When we talk about gender-based violence in the world of work, we need to talk about non-white, non-wealthy women too.

Civil society and the clampdown on freedoms

The space for effective action is narrowing for civil society organisations, and many groups fear repercussions when they challenge the government. Español

La sociedad civil frente al retroceso de libertades

Se está reduciendo el espacio para una acción efectiva de las organizaciones de la sociedad civil y muchos grupos temen las repercusiones cuando desafían al gobierno. English

Confronting root causes: forced labour in global supply chains

Forced labour is all around us, but not how you think. 'Confronting root causes' pulls together research from across the world to explain where it comes from and what we can do about it.

Confronting the root causes of forced labour: the meaning of freedom

Where does the force in 'forced labour' come from? Those who believe that poverty and globalisation are the root causes of forced labour need a broader understanding of freedom and coercion.

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