Manufacturing Dissent Since 1996
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Paid work doesn't actually challenge patriarchal relationships and systems of oppression that exist in a woman's life. The way I think about empowerment is as a process of the expansion of rights and freedoms and agency, and the woman's ability to make strategic decisions about her life. There's nothing about paid employment that will necessarily bring about any of those things.

Development researcher Rebecca Reeve examines the exploitation women workers in the global garment industry - as informal workers without legal protection or labor rights, and the site of production and exploitation at the bottom of the global value chain - and calls for NGOs and consumers to recognize that empowerment exists beyond income or participation in capitalism.

Rebecca wrote the article PR, profit and ‘empowering women’ in the garment industry for openDemocracy.


Elizabeth Grimm Arsenault
Mar 25

How torture became normal.

Episode 846


Apr 25 2015
Episode 845


Apr 18 2015
Episode 844


Apr 12 2015
Episode 843


Apr 4 2015
Episode 842

Economics Decree

Mar 28 2015
Episode 841

No Men, No Masters

Mar 21 2015
Episode 840

Overhead Press

Mar 14 2015
Episode 839

Green Screen

Mar 7 2015
Episode 838


Feb 28 2015
Episode 837

Free Radicals

Feb 21 2015