Monthly Archives: July 2015

The Women in Hard Hats

I hope to visit the Archana Women’s Centre (AWC), near Kottayam in Kerala, when I am in India next year. The Centre is training women in the skilled construction trades. Here is an article from the Times of India on … Continue reading

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INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE Rethinking Cities in the Global South: Urban Violence, Social Inequality and Spatial Justice

January 20 to 22, 2016 at the Tata institute of Social Sciences Mumbai At a time when the global south is being reconstituted by the force of urbanization there is simultaneously hope and despair. Hope in that cities of the … Continue reading

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Construction Labourers Demonstrate for Unorganised Workers

According to The Hindu, “Eighty-three members, including 45 women, of the AITUC were arrested on Tuesday when they attempted to stage of road roko.” Among the demands were maternity benefits for women construction workers.

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The beginning

In 1995, my friend and research partner, carpenter Liz Skidmore, came back from the UN Conference on Women in Beijing and told me an amazing story. In a workshop for tradeswomen that Liz and Connie Ashbrook (elevator constructor and Director … Continue reading

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