Oct. 21, 2004
Two-day workshop on reproductive and human rights
DATE: Oct. 21-22, 2004
EVENT: “The Reproductive Rights of Globalized Workers: Integrating Labor Standards and Reproductive Health in Export-Processing Factories.”
This two-day workshop convenes about 20 scholars and practitioners in human rights, reproductive health, and labor rights to discuss how to effectively meet the needs of women working in export manufacturing factories. The workshop will develop a set of recommendations for both research and action.
While women represent the vast majority of the work force in global export-processing factories, their specific legal and health needs are not sufficiently addressed, according to Sioban Harlow, chair of the University of Michigan President's Advisory Committee on Labor Standards and Human Rights and associate director of the U-M International Institute. International codes of conduct include anti-discrimination and women's health clauses, but monitoring and training activities do not adequately consider the demographics of the work force or the specific approaches required to effectively monitor such things as reproductive-based discrimination or the intersection of wage discrimination and sexual harassment, she says. Similarly, the reproductive health agenda does not give adequate attention to the role of women in the labor force and the health needs of factory workers, who are often adolescents, says Harlow, also a professor of epidemiology.
Scheduled participants include: LaShawn Jefferson of Human Rights Watch; Jane Cottingham of the World Health Organization’s Department of Reproductive Health and Research; Sofia Gruskin of the François-Xavier Bagnoud Center for Health and Human Rights at Harvard University; Ruth Simmons and Rachel Snow of the U-M School of Public Health; and representatives from Fair Labor Association and the Workers Rights Consortium, the two principal U.S. monitoring organizations for university licensees.
PLACE: Thursday’s events 9 a.m.-3:30 p.m. are open to the public—they take place in room 1840, School of Social Work Educational Conference Center, Central Campus. Friday is a working session for participants.
SPONSOR: President's Advisory Committee on Labor Standards and Human Rights
Thursday event agenda (PDF)
Contact: Colleen Newvine