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By S. Rowbotham

Compares the lives of ladies within the first and 3rd worlds, reading how ladies have equipped varieties of construction themselves within the fight in the direction of breaking down the various ideological boundaries that colonialism and racism have outfitted between them.

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In 20 WOMEN ORGANISING IN CASUALISED WORK these small non-unionised production units, the rate of increase of employment for women has been impressive. 16 The greater the levels of subcontracting, the smaller is the unit of production at its further links. Women concentrate mostly at the weakest links in the chain of subcontracting. 17 Since the mainstream union movement has not, as yet, taken the issue of casualised workers on to its agenda, women can rarely look towards unions for improving their bargaining power.

Young girls are put out to work or sold as servants, maids or prostitutes in many parts of the developing world for a pittance, working throughout the day and sometimes for a good part of the night. In the red light districts of Manila, capital of the Philippines, $10 buys sex with very young girls. A BBC 2 programme on child slaves (23 June 1989) documented the life story of two such average girl workers of the informal sector: Eva was only 10 when she went on the game [of prostitution]. She is now 13.

28 The clandestine economy and the informal sector The most disturbing aspect of casualised work is the way it can get enmeshed with the clandestine economy, where workers have little redress against either physical or economic exploitation. In both the developed and the developing parts of the world, there has been a steady increase in the size of the underground economy throughout the 1980s. A widespread concomitant increase of homeworking, particularly in the manufacturing sector, has been its predictable outcome.

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