Does access to paid work increase our chances of achieving gender equality? by Maria Faciolince

A reading that you can pair with the "Manos de Mujeres (women's hands)"  photo series, based on an academic essay I wrote during my time at LSE.

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Does access to paid work increase our chances of achieving gender equality?

Abstract:
The idea that investment in the skills and labor of women is the key to propelling economic growth in the global South – coined as “smart economics” – is critically analysed, framing its utilitarian economics as a depolitisizing myth of female empowerment. Taking the case of domestic labor in Latin America, an intersectional approach shows that increasing women’s participation in the labor force may come as a double-edged sword within a labor market that exerts downward pressure. The promise of economic empowerment may misjudge the maneuvers women can perform within a world characterized by resilient gender bias and structural barriers. Access to paid work may take some of us in the right direction, but it will require stopping at various junctures to question who is being taken and what patterns emerge at intersecting social identities like class, race and gender. Earning in the productive sphere may bring financial benefits, but paid labor is a restricted vehicle for women’s agency; that is, for true choice.

Read the full paper HERE.

Día Internacional de la Eliminación de la Violencia contra la Mujer 2017 by Maria Faciolince

El Día Naranja, 25 de Noviembre de cada año, se celebra con motivo de denunciar las violencias que se ejercen sobre las mujeres y para reclamar políticas que protejan los derechos a la vida, la protección y la igualdad. Mujeres y hombres en varias ciudades marcharon en solidaridad con otras mujeres que no tienen el privilegio de esta libertad de expresión, con pancartas que deletreaban la injusticia en forma de hacer el dolor menos invisible y que manifestaban la lucha por una sociedad más digna de sus ciudadanxs.

Esta consigna que gritamos por las calles de Barcelona el sábado pasado demuestra la fuerza que existe en la acción colectiva:

No nos han derrotado, las muertas, las desaparecidas,
Hoy venimos luchando con la fuerza de las oprimidas.
Como dijo mi abuela, donde sea en cualquier continente,
Vamos dando batallas, por un mundo que sea diferente.
Sin racismo, ni miseria, ni opresión.
Ohhhhh, ohhhhh,
Sin violencias, maltrato y explotación,
Ohhhhh, ohhhhh.
Que se escuche hasta América, este grito,
Qué grito.....
Poder pasar el pueblo,
Antiimperialismo
Patria sin fronteras,
Por el feminismo.

PD. La violencia de género es actualmente un problema estructural - no cosmético, sino sintomático - con el objeto de mantener o incrementar la dominación masculina no solo a nivel doméstico, sino en el ámbito público. Esto ocurre hasta tal punto que mientras hay una feminización de la pobreza, existe una masculinización de las instituciones globales.


The Neocolonial Violence of Mining by Maria Faciolince

LONDON, October 2017:
War on Want have organised a series of events bringing activists and speakers from around the globe affected by the world's biggest mining company - BHP Billiton. Go check out the list of events to attend!
The London events will feature some of my photographs of communities in La Guajira displaced by the biggest open-pit coal mine of Latin America, El Cerrejón. They were taken during a trip carried out for my Master's research project on the slow violence of (invisible) displacement.

 Wayúu healer and granddaughter from the Tamaquito II community, displaced by the Cerrejón coal mine in La Guajira, Colombia.

Wayúu healer and granddaughter from the Tamaquito II community, displaced by the Cerrejón coal mine in La Guajira, Colombia.