SOAS will be joined by the authors Dr Sundari Anitha and Ruth Pearson for an open discussion and introduction to the book.
“This book presents an account of the role of South Asian women in the struggle for workers’ rights in the UK – one that challenges dominant stereotypes about ‘the South Asian woman’ who is presumed to be passive, submissive and confined to the domestic sphere.”
– Dr Sundari Anitha
Sundari Anitha is a Reader in the School of Social and Political Sciences, University of Lincoln. She has written extensively about the experiences of South Asian women in the UK labour market and on violence against women and girls in the UK and India, including forced marriage and transnational abandonment.
“It is important to acknowledge the identity and role of migrant women as workers and not just in terms of religion and culture. This book highlights the voices of the South Asian women involved in struggling for their rights at work and also in trade unions. It is a struggle on behalf of all women and workers, not just minority women, who have made a significant contribution to the modern trade union movement in the UK.”
– Ruth Pearson
Ruth Pearson is Emeritus Professor of International Development at the University of Leeds. She is a feminist economist, best known for her work on women’s employment in the global labour market. Much of her research has been carried out in Latin America and the Caribbean, though recent research on migrant workers and gendered globalisation has included a study of Burmese migrant workers on the Thai-Burmese border.
This event is not ticketed but room capacity is limited so please arrive on time. Seats are allocated on a first-come, first-serve basis.
Image credit © TUC Library Collections, part of Special Collections at London Metropolitan University and is of the Grunwick strikers in 1977