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Women Workers in the Maquiladoras and the Debate on Global Labor Standards

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  • Edme Dominguez
  • Rosalba Icaza
  • Cirila Quintero
  • Silvia Lopez
  • Åsa Stenman

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This paper represents a collective contribution to an ongoing debate on the benefits and disadvantages of export-based, industrial jobs for women as well as on the implications of global labor standards on these types of jobs. On the basis of extensive research on women in Mexico's and Central America's maquiladoras (assembly plants that produce export goods), this paper aims to problematize the viewpoints that present export-based, industrial jobs as dignified alternatives for women in the South and to question the skepticism about global labor standards as a possible alternative for improving work conditions in all sectors producing for export. In so doing, the paper stresses three interrelated issues: a) the relevance of local and regional contexts that inform diverse industrialization paths over time, b) the agency the women workers represent, and c) the legal instruments already existent in our common efforts to improve working conditions.

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  • Edme Dominguez & Rosalba Icaza & Cirila Quintero & Silvia Lopez & Åsa Stenman, 2010. "Women Workers in the Maquiladoras and the Debate on Global Labor Standards," Feminist Economics, Taylor & Francis Journals, vol. 16(4), pages 185-209.
  • Handle: RePEc:taf:femeco:v:16:y:2010:i:4:p:185-209 DOI: 10.1080/13545701.2010.530603
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    1. John Anyanwu, 2014. "Working Paper 201 - Does Intra-African Trade Reduce Youth Unemployment in Africa ?," Working Paper Series 2107, African Development Bank.

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