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The Invisible labourers! Transnational and local activism among home-based women workers in Manila and Ahmedabad

This project deals with transnational mobilization among home-based workers. This workforce, mostly women, carries out low-paid remunerative work at (or near) their homes as industrial homeworkers or as self-employed. Their tasks have often not been considered as labour, which have contributed to their low salaries and uncertain employment conditions.

The aim of this study is to explore the connection between transnational and localized activism from the perspective of two groups: PATAMABA in Manila, the Philippines and SEWA (Self-Employed Women’s Association) in Ahmedabad, India. Which networking practices have taken place? What is the role of the three organizations in the translation of ideas on women’s labour rights from one locality to another?

The study is based on fieldwork in Manila and Ahmedabad as well as some international activities among home-based workers in Asia. My aim is to trace the networks and explore the ongoing debates by following activists in their daily life. The project points to the interconnection between the global division of labour and how women’s work is valued locally. On the other hand, the study discusses emergent forms of global activism through transnational advocacy networks, social movements and Non-Governmental organizations (NGOs).



  • Individual tutorial (master)
  • Uppsatsförberedande kurs
  • Thesis supervision (undergraduate)