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economy: production and consumption


Asia Monitor Resource Centre

A Critical Guide to Corporate Codes of Conduct

This book been one of our most sought after publications and as a result we are planning for a second edition very soon. During this time, the present edition is available as a free download to all our readers. This book seeks to understand the nature of corporate codes of conduct and utilise them in improving working conditions of millions of workers in Asia. The introductory chapters introduce us to the basic concepts surrounding codes of conduct, bringing together information on existing (...) read

date of on-line publication : 19 December 2007


Human Rights Watch (HRW)

Middle East: Sri Lankan Domestic Workers Face Abuse

Sri Lankan domestic workers face serious abuses, including violence, harassment and exploitation when they migrate to work in the Middle East, Human Rights Watch said in a report released today. Human Rights Watch said the governments of Sri Lanka, Kuwait, Lebanon, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates should do more to protect women from labor exploitation and violence when they migrate to the Middle East, Human Rights Watch said in a report released today. Read the report : Exported (...) read

date of on-line publication : 14 November 2007


FAO favours organic agriculture

> by Sam Burcher

The United Nations Food and Agricultural Organisation (FAO) has come out in favour of organic agriculture. Its report Organic Agriculture and Food Security explicitly states that organic agriculture can address local and global food security challenges. Organic farming is no longer to be considered a niche market within developed countries, but a vibrant commercial agricultural system practised in 120 countries, covering 31 million hectares (ha) of cultivated land plus 62 million ha of (...) read

date of on-line publication : 24 October 2007


InfoChange News & Features

Women at Work

A recent report of the National Commission for Enterprises in the Unorganised Sector reveals that 395 million Indians work in the unorganised sector. 79% of these workers live on an income of less than Rs 20 a day. Many of the workers in this vulnerable and impoverished sector are women, who face the additional inequalities of gender. This issue of Agenda uncovers, explores and recognises the work and contribution of millions of these Indian women. Read more (...) read

date of on-line publication : 16 October 2007


Anti-Slavery International

Child labour

What is child labour? Some types of work make useful, positive contributions to a child’s development. Work can help children learn about responsibility and develop particular skills that will benefit them and the rest of society. Often, work is a vital source of income that helps to sustain children and their families. However, across the world, millions of children do extremely hazardous work in harmful conditions, putting their health, education, personal and social development, and (...) read

date of on-line publication : 30 July 2007


Human Rights Watch

Guinea: Thousands of Girls Face Abuse as Domestic Workers

New Government and UNICEF Should Take Action Against Exploitation and Abuse Thousands of girls employed as domestic workers in Guinea face labor exploitation and physical abuse, Human Rights Watch said in a report released today, on the eve of the International Day of the African Child. The new Guinean government, which took office in March, should fulfill its pledge to improve living conditions for youths, including child domestic workers. The 110-page report, “Bottom of the Ladder: (...) read

date of on-line publication : 26 June 2007


Human Rights Watch

US: Wal-Mart Denies Workers Basic Rights

Wal-Mart’s relentless exploitation of weak US labor laws thwarts union formation and violates the rights of its US workers, Human Rights Watch said in a new report released today. In the 210-page report, “Discounting Rights: Wal-Mart’s Violation of US Workers’ Right to Freedom of Association,” Human Rights Watch found that while many American companies use weak US laws to stop workers from organizing, the retail giant stands out for the sheer magnitude and aggressiveness of its anti-union (...) read

date of on-line publication : 15 May 2007


Anti-Slavery International

Trafficking in women, forced labour and domestic work in the context of the Middle East and Gulf region

> Working paper, Anti-Slavery International 2006, 82 p. (pdf)

Globally, for more than 40 years, female migrants have been almost as numerous as male migrants. In 1960, there were 35 million female migrants and 40 million male migrants. By 2000, although the total number of migrants had more than doubled, the gap between female and male migrants remained about the same with 85 million female migrants and 90 million male migrants. This number covers women who migrate for a variety of reasons and for various purposes, including those who migrate for (...) read

date of on-line publication : 14 March 2007

International Labor Rights Forum (ILRF)

A Valentine’s day report : worker justice and basic rights

> Prepared by the U.S. Labor Education in the Americas Project and The International Labor Rights Fund, February 13, 2007, 15 p.

Colombia is the largest flower exporter to the United States, followed by Ecuador. Approximately 60% of all flowers sold in the U.S. come from Colombia and almost a third of Ecuador’s yearly production is exported to the U.S. for Valentine’s Day. Meanwhile, workers earn poverty-level wages, making less than half of what is needed to meet basic needs ; 55% of women workers in Ecuador’s flower plantations have been the victims of some form of sexual harassment in the workplace ; 66% of (...) read

date of on-line publication : 19 February 2007


International Institute for Environment and Development (IIED)

Landless women, hopeless women ? Gender, land and decentralisation in Niger

> Women’s social exclusion from productive resources in Niger

This paper is a summary of a case study on gender, land and decentralisation. It addresses how women in rural areas of Niger deal with pressure on land within changing agricultural production systems. A separate focus is on women’s land rights, and the strategies they use to capitalise on these rights. The study is based on four main assumptions: increasing human pressure on land is changing dominant modes of access to land leading to the exclusion of women from agricultural production the (...) read

date of on-line publication : 11 January 2007

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