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Women from all over Mexico flock north to the city of Tijuana to find work in the maquiladoras, or factories, along the Mexico-United States border. They come for the promise of a steady income and a better future. More often, what they find is a toxic workplace and a life of desperate poverty. Women are recruited by the maquiladoras to staff the assembly lines because they are thought to be cheap, docile labor, but the women featured in the documentary film Maquilapolis (City of Factories) are proving just the opposite. Filmmakers Vicky Funari and Sergio De La Torre armed a group of workers with video cameras so they could document themselves...
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Haitian Women
Told through the lives of five compelling Haitian women, documentary Poto Mitan: Haitian Women, Pillars of the Global Economy, offers an insider's perspective on globalization, Haiti's current crisis, and the resilient women challenging the system...
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Africa, China, and Women
The new economic relationship between African countries and China is full of potential successes and pitfalls, says I.M.O.W. Global Council member Hafsat Abiola, human rights and democracy advocate from Nigeria.  Now, however, both sides have a trick up their sleeve: women, their greatest untapped resource...
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Headed For Collapse
Lester Brown, founder and president of the Earth Policy Institute, says we are both the perpetrators and victims of a global "Ponzi" scheme. We invest less and less in our global economy and caring for the planet, yet we expect to receive the same returns (or more) year after year. The recent food and financial crises are warning signs that unless we change--and change now--we are headed towards environmental and economic collapse...
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The New Slavery
Domestic workers, the majority of whom are women, constitute a large portion of today's migrant worker population. The International Labour Organization (ILO), estimates nearly 19 percent of Lebanon's population is domestic workers. These workers send remittances home and contribute significantly to the national incomes of many labor-exporting countries in Africa, South and Southeast Asia...
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