Female laborers on the Mexican border, whose only job opportunity is in the factory industry, will learn about their labor and reproductive rights in order to improve their working conditions.
Economic conditions worsen on the Mexican border and factory laborers suffer from deteriorating job conditions. To support their families, women supplement their income by taking piecework home and waiting for reimbursement. Results are lower wages, no benefits, and little protection under labor laws. In 2004, poor working women in maquilas and “home sweatshops” from Tijuana were beneficiaries. In 2005 -2006, this project will expand to women in the border maquila areas of Tecate and Chihuahua.
Education on reproductive health and labor rights, directed towards female maquila workers; workshops to strengthen the organizational capacity of women’s organizations.
Outreach activities provide female laborers with the resources needed to defend their labor and reproductive rights. These result in healthier women, stronger families, and safer work environments.
This project has provided additional documentation in a Microsoft Word file (projdoc.doc).
Background Information on Maquilas
Sex Discrimination in Mexico's Maquiladora Sector