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Labor Rights for Women in Mexican Factories

by Semillas
Labor Rights for Women in Mexican Factories


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.

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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.

Long-Term Impact

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.

Additional Documentation

This project has provided additional documentation in a Microsoft Word file (projdoc.doc).


Background Information on Maquilas
Sex Discrimination in Mexico's Maquiladora Sector

Organization Information


Location: Mexico City, N/A - Mexico
Maria del Carmen Morales
Project Leader:
Maria del Carmen Morales
Program Coordinator
Colonia Condesa, Mexico

Funded Project!

Thanks to 7 donors like you, a total of $1,220 was raised for this project on GlobalGiving. Combined with other sources of funding, this project raised enough money to fund the outlined activities and is no longer accepting donations.

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