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About susanmoir2015

Researcher, feminist, labor activist.

Condolences to our sister, Radhika K Prakesh, Head Mason at the Archana Women’s Centre, on the sudden loss of her husband

By Susan Moir A dear friend of Tradeswomen Building Bridges, our sister Radhika of Kerala India, lost her husband Prakesh very suddenly to a heart attack on August 11. Radhika and Prakesh have two children. Their daughter, Nayana, is in … Continue reading

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On the passing of our sister, Jin Sook Lee

We only met her a handful of times, but she was the champion we had been seeking for years. We extend our deepest condolences to Jin Sook’s family and friends. In 1995, a group of tradeswomen from around the world … Continue reading

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BC Building Trades mag features Millwright Ant Yap and Electrician Katy Rhodes on their visit to Kerala

The spring 2020 issue of the British Columbia Building Trades Council member magazine, tradetalk, features two of the Canadian tradeswomen who participated in the 2019 Tradeswomen Building Bridges Delegation to Kerala India. In the article titled “A Bridge Not Too … Continue reading

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Register now for the Global Women in the Trades Conference, Madrid, June 2020

Join us for the first international gathering of tradeswomen from across the globe! The first international conference for women working in the construction trades, BWI’s Global Women in the Trades Conference, will be held in Madrid, Spain from June 9-12. … Continue reading

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A Researcher’s View: Life is Better in Kerala for India’s Women Construction Workers

The tradeswomen in India in November 2019 were joined for part of the training exchange by Chantal Krcmar, a University of Massachusetts Boston doctoral student who is doing research on women working in the construction industry in India. Here are … Continue reading

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“Travel Light.  Live Light.  Be the Light. Spread Light.”

Amanda Kay Johnson, 3rd Year Carpenter Apprentice, Local 157 Carpenters Union NYC It seemed that everywhere I went in India that the theme of light followed me around.  (I later learned from my time here that light and the concept … Continue reading

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Meeting with the Construction Union Leadership of Kerala

DELEGATION LEADERS MEET INDIAN OFFICIALS After leaving Archana Women’s Centre, the Building Bridges Delegation returned to the city of Kochi (കേരളം) for two days of meetings with the leadership and members of the the Kerala Kettida Nirmana Thozhilali Congress (KKNTC). … Continue reading

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Goodbye to Archana Women’s Centre…for now

On Friday, November 8, the tradeswomen of North America and the women of Archana said goodbye after a week of discussions, site visits, media events, meetings with government and academic dignitaries and getting to know each other. More on the … Continue reading

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Visiting Archana Electricians and Plumbers at Work

By Katy Rhodes, Electrician, British Columbia In Kerala, the Archana Women’s Centre puts women through a 3 month program but often has trouble recruiting women because of their traditional views of women’s work. You can imagine that if the women … Continue reading

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A monument to a monumental event: Women of Archana and Women of North America come together for gender and economic equality in the trades

By Noreen Buckley, Electrician, San Francisco Jayasree P. K. designed and built this symbol of women’s power to honor the great work that was achieved by the Building Bridges Delegation and Archana Women Center this past week. This statue marks … Continue reading

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