Faculty of Education, Social Sciences and Law

School of Politics and International Studies

Globalisation, international trade and the challenges of organising, and defending women workers’ rights, jobs and livelihoods

04 April 2008 | 11.30am - 5.30pm | Seminar

Beech Grove House Seminar Room, University of Leeds

Places are strictly limited to 30, so booking is essential. To reserve a place please email Tess Hornsby Smith, School of Politics and International Studies, University of Leeds, tel: 0113 343 6869.

Download the event flier (pdf) for further details.


11.00 Coffee/Arrival

11.30 - 11.40 Welcome and Introduction
Seminar Convenors (Angela Coyle, City University, Jo Morris, TUC,
Professor Ruth Pearson, University of Leeds)

11.40 - 12.10 Anne Tallontire (University of Leeds) and Valerie Nelson (University of Greenwich)
Private standards, governance and the possibilities for worker representation in the agri-food chain

1210 - 12.40 Catherine Dolan (University of Oxford)
Corporate Evangelism: Avon Trading Circles and gender empowerment in South Africa

12.40 - 1.00 Discussion

13.00 - 13.45 Lunch

13.45 - 14.15 Hannah McDowall (University of Leeds)
Working as a Fair Trade Handicraft producer: precarious, contingent and gendered

14.15 - 14.45 Elaine Jones (WIEGO)
Organising in the Informal Economy – a case study of waste-pickers

14.45 - 15.15 Discussion

15.15 - 15.45 Tea

15.45 - 16.15 Jane Tate/Ruth Bergan (Homeworkers Worldwide)
Who foots the bill: organising Homeworkers in the global footwear industry

16.15 - 16.45 Jackie Pollock (MAP Foundation, Thailand)

16.45 - 17.15 Naila Kabeer (IDS, Sussex)
Exit, voice and loyalty: the challenge of organising women in the informal economy

17.15 -17.30 Discussion and Close of seminar

Location Details

If coming by train and taxi:

  • Ask the taxi driver for 'University of Leeds, PARKINSON STEPS' (it should cost about £5.00).
  • Get out of the taxi and go straight forward through the white archway.
  • Walk straight ahead, you will pass the Michael Sadler Building on your left.
  • Carry on walking straight ahead, you will see a courtyard and steps to your left, keep on going straight ahead.
  • You will see a detached building with two red doors to your left (Botany House), carry on past it.
  • Walk straight ahead, you will see a grassy area to your left, once you get to the end of the grass, take the path left. You will see on your right a large sandstone building, and with a large blue door (Beech Grove House) go through the door and you are at your destination.


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