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Domestic Workers of the World Unite!A Global Movement for Dignity and Human Rights$
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Jennifer N. Fish

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9781479848676

Published to NYU Press Scholarship Online: January 2018

DOI: 10.18574/nyu/9781479848676.001.0001

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“Put Yourself in Her Shoes”

“Put Yourself in Her Shoes”

NGO, Union, and Feminist Allies

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Domestic Workers of the World Unite!

Jennifer N. Fish

NYU Press

This chapter looks at the role of NGOs, global and national unions, and feminist government leaders in the movement to support domestic workers’ global rights. Here, the merger of civil society activism, labor struggles, and government influence reveals how a cross-sectional range of players served in pivotal roles as allies in the determination of policy protections. Relations between domestic workers and the state are analyzed to show the potential for opening up new spaces of worker activism. The discussion of feminist government leaders, or femocrats, reveals how the unexpected alliance of women in positions of power and women in some of the world’s most marginalized positions resulted in a synergy that shook a staid, bureaucratic institution to its core, and enabled its reorientation to more effectively address issues of global human rights.

Keywords:   ally/allies, NGOs, civil society, alliances, femocrats, union/global union

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