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Date and time:
July 12, 2018 9:00AM - July 13, 2018 6:00PM
Venue: Library Conference Hall, TISS Main Campus, Mumbai
Organised by School of Management and Labour Studies and School of Development Studies
February 6, 2018 marked a century of women’s suffrage for which the first generation of women’s rights activists fought relentlessly making great personal sacrifice in the face of tremendous patriarchal resistance. Though the suffragist movement began with striving for adult franchise for women as a fundamental right as a citizen; it snowballed into struggle for rights of the women as paid and unpaid workers. During the last century, in spite of sustained collective actions in several parts of the North and the South, discrimination against women in the world of work still persists due to caste/race/ethnicity/sexuality/gender based segmentation in the labour market and non-recognition of unpaid care economy.
Overarching concerns with respect to work force participation of women in the 21st century have been changing labour processes, labour/employment relations and labour standards in different sector of the economy. Only minuscule proportion of women in the world economy is in the organised sector with relatively better standards of social security and social protection. The rest face back-breaking, long hours of dead-end work without any chances of upward social and economic mobility, mostly in the precarious working situation. There is south in the North and north in the South. Thus it is not only in Africa, Latin America and Asia, that women workers face inhuman work condition and below subsistence wages, but non-white women in the workforce in the industrialized world also face the same predicament as footloose pricariates in the informal economy. The world capitalism has found coloured women as “the last colony” for capitalist accumulation. In the poverty groups, self-employed women end up self-exploiting as the returns for their hard work are deplorably low.
Even in sunrise industries such as information technology- business process outsourcing, knowledge process outsourcing, medical transcription and transliteration women are in lowest rung of hierarchy without any chances of promotion. Couple of women as CEOs of financial sector or fortune 500 companies, are showcased as symbols of empowerment of women but large majority of professionally qualified women are stuck as middle to lower level cadre in the corporate sector. Presence of women in the board rooms across the Industries worldwide is negligible. Apparently they are better placed, but are not getting level playing field due to patriarchal biases.
Segmentation factor market and product market does not allow self employed women and women entrepreneurs’ to upscale their ventures. Masculinity of capital is inclined towards investing resources among 'old boys club' that also operates on caste, religion and ethnic identities.
In spite of such adversities, networks such as Women Working Worldwide, Homenet, Committee of Asian Women, rural and urban working class women’s united front such as Gabriela in the Philippines, Greenbelt movement of women farmers in Africa, Domestic Workers Unions in several countries, women's cooperatives such as Annapurna Mahila Mandal and women's trade union such as Self Employed Women's Association, Women's Bank such as Mandesh Mahila Sahakari Bank in India have served as role models for individual women and women's collectives to challenge the status quo. Experiments have been made with WID, WAD and GAD perspectives. How to survive in the neo-liberal, neo-conservative economic eco-system has been a mind boggling issue confronting labour economists, trade union activists, development thinkers, gender studies scholars and International Labour Organisation of the UN .
With this perspective, The School of Management and Labour Studies, Centre for Labour Studies, Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Deonar, Mumbai would like to host International Conference during July 12-13, 2018.
The objectives of this conference are:
The thematic areas would be as follows:
Researchers, Scholars, Practitioners, Corporate and Government Representatives who have made contributions in abovementioned thematic areas will be invited.
Location: Library Conference Hall, Tata Institute of Social Sciences, VN Purav Marg ,Opposite Deonar Bus Depot, Mumbai, Maharashtra, 400088
TISS board number: +912225525000 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Important information to note:
Weather conditions and essentials to carry: July is a month of heavy monsoon in Mumbai. Travelling becomes little cumbersome, therefore it is advisable to keep sufficient time before hand in order to reach the venue on time.
It is advisable to carry a heavy duty umbrella as it sometimes get windy and it may cause the umbrella to turn inside. Alternatively, a knee length raincoat can also work. Suitable wet weather shoes, such as rubber sandals/ flip-flops to be carried. Gumboots/rubber boots are very useful, although they can be cumbersome to carry in your luggage. It can get hot wearing them too. Don't wear canvas shoes or sneakers, as they'll quickly get ruined.
Medical advice: We have in- house doctors on campus during office hours. However it is advisable to carry adequate supply of basic medicines whatever you may need. There is also a medical store named Tulsi Medicine adjacent to TISS campus.
Tulsi medicine contact number: 022 25552006
Location map to reach the destination
Prof. Vibhuti Patel, ConvenerDr. Nandita Mondal, Co-convener
People to contact: (any one)
Organizing Committee members
Prof. Christoph Scherrer, Executive Director, International Centre for Development and Decent Work, University of Kassel, Germany
School of Management and Labour Studies
Prof. Sasmita Palo (Dean)Prof. Bino PaulDr. Sharad T. SawantProf. Samapti GuhaDr. Sarala RaoDr. Varsha AyyarDr. Unmesh PatnaikDr Aman Jageshwar BorkarDr. Johnson MinzZafar Khan Pathan
School of Development Studies
Prof Ritambhara Hebbar (Dean)Prof R. RamakumarProf Nishi MitraProf. Meena GopalDr. Sandya IyerDr Bindhulakshmi PDr Aardra SurendranDr Gopinath PDr. Sujatha DevarapalliDr Sujata ChavanDr Asha AchuthanMS. Sangita ThosarSashikala MudgalLaxmi Banjan
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