Category Archives: women

Meet the London Staff!

Allow us to reintroduce ourselves! We come from a variety of locations across North America and represent many trades. There are some seasoned tradeswomen among our founders as well as some recent apprenticeship graduates. However, we are all comitted to … Continue reading

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Two Months Until Our London Delegation!

It’s official! Our board has unanimously voted to continue with our plan for the third international North American Tradeswomen’s delegation to LONDON. While this delegation has been in the works for over a year, we learned from our experience with … Continue reading

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When power speaks truth, or What is policy anyway?

I receive a daily news digest for anything that crosses the internet with the terms “India,” “women” and “construction.” Today I received “A peek into the lives of women construction workers.” The article has lots of pictures and tells the … Continue reading

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“Why toddlers are on a leash in Delhi”

From the Times of India today, national laws, such as the Contract Labour Act, the Building and Other Construction Workers Act and the Inter-State Migrants Act, have childcare provisions for women working in construction. Mobile Creches have been available on … Continue reading

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Kudumbashree: Kerala’s all women’s construction company

This is a terrific video by the BBC on the Kudumbashree Construction Companies. “Kudumbashree” is the southern Indian state of Kerala’s mission to wipe out poverty through community action and the empowerment of women. The literal meaning of Kudumbashree is … Continue reading

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India To Build Homes For All

“When it comes to the scene of construction activity in India, images of poor workers–both men and women on faded torn clothes carrying red bricks on their heads–dominate the catalogue. Although India has progressed a lot in its 68-year post … Continue reading

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Building India’s cities, silent workforce of women goes unrecognized

This Jan 11, 2015 article by Nita Bhallo from Reuters describes the conditions of many of India’s women construction workers and the work of SEWA in training women and educating them on their rights.

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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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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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