The Philippines is one of the top exporters of people in the world – a tenth of its population works in other countries, and most of these migrant workers are women. What drives women to leave their families in the Philippines to work in the US? And what does it mean for someone to be trafficked? What can you do to keep labor trafficking from happening here?
In 2012, CUP partnered with Damayan Migrant Workers Association and interdisciplinary artist Raj Kottamasu to create a short video about the labor trafficking of Filipino domestic workers. Together we examined the relationship between economic conditions in the Philippines, the forced migration of Filipino workers, and the labor trafficking of domestic workers. We made this video, featuring Damayan members Josie Gutierrez, Lydia Catina Amaya, and Cita Brodsky, to look at what's behind this form of modern-day slavery.
Check out this video to find out how you can join the fight to end labor trafficking in the US.
Dr. Leslie Butt, Department of Pacific and Asian Studies and CAPI at the University of Victoria, talks about her new research project on skilled migrant women in Southeast Asia.
This new research will look into the impact of migration on the family and reproductive lives of a new generation of skilled migrant women, particularly from Indonesia and the Philippines, who leave home to work abroad in Canada, Australia and Singapore. This research fills an important gap in scholarly understanding about migration and the effect it has on the family and on decisions concerning children within a new era of “global parenthood.”
The project is in collaboration with Dr. Lisa Mitchell (Department of Anthropology, UVic), Dr. Linda Bennett (Nossal Institute for Global Health, University of Melbourne, Australia) and Deirdre McKay (Department of Geography, Keele University, UK).
The project will be housed at CAPI and will form one of the first initiatives in CAPI’s new Asia-focused Global Migration program.
In the 90’s one million five hundred thousand Kurds were forced to migration as their villages were burnt down.
‘Forced Migration’ by Gülten Okçuoğlu (1989), Turkey, deals with the fact that this violent act committed by the government was perceived as a source of pride until 2000’s and was supported by the majority of the society.
Produced by MODE Istanbul, Turkey in 2013 for Remapping Europe, a Doc Next Network project remixing prevailing imagery of migrants.
This work is part of Doc Next Network Media Collection. For more information visit docnextnetwork.org.
Remapping Europe project is an investigative arts project that aims to contribute to an inclusive cultural practice and a new imagery in and of Europe by connecting young creative media-makers and artists living in Spain, Poland, Turkey and the UK, who have migrant perspectives, to wider European inter-generational audiences. The project involves creating new methods for expanded education, workshops for creative media-makers, a free-use media collection, a research publication and a seminar.
Remapping Europe is a project of Doc Next Network, an international partnership of independent cultural organizations working with young people, supporting their documentary and other media productions; its partner is MODE Istanbul in Turkey. Through its efforts, Doc Next seeks to redefine “documentary” and to create a link between the traditional media and the constantly developing world of free culture. To this end, the activities of Remapping Europe stem from one underlying principle: re-mixing of media as a method to re-view, re-investigate and re-consider prevailing imagery of migrants in European societies; ultimately, to ‘re-map’ Europe visually, geographically and mentally. An important result of the project is the archival and creative exposure of present-day perspectives of young (future) citizens on migration, as captured in creative media. It contributes to the European cultural heritage and is a future point of reference in our collective memory.
Gülten Okçuoğlu tarafından Remapping Europe İstanbul Atölyesi kapsamında hazırlanan bu remix çalışması 1990’lı yıllarda bir milyon beş yüz bin Kürt yaşadıkları köylerin yakılmasıyla zorunlu göçe maruz kalışını, olaylara tanıklık etmiş biri olarak kendi bakış açışından irdeler.
Remapping Europe projesi İspanya, Polonya, Türkiye ve İngiltere’de göç olgusuyla yaşayan ve bu konuya duyarlı olan genç multimedya yaratıcılarını ve sanatçıları her nesilden geniş kitlelerle bir araya getirmeyi, Avrupa ve çevresine dair kapsayıcı bir kültürel uygulamaya ve yeni bir algıya katkıda bulunmayı amaçlayan araştırmacı bir sanat projesidir. Proje kapsamında, genişletilmiş (expanded) eğitim için yeni yöntemler yaratmaya yönelik çalışmalar, medya yaratıcıları ve sanatçılar için atölyeler, herkesin kullanımına açık bir medya koleksiyonu, bir araştırma yayını ve bir seminer yer almaktadır.
Remapping Europe, gençler ile çalışan, belgesel ve diğer medya yapımlarını destekleyen bağımsız kültürel kuruluşların oluşturduğu uluslararası bir ortaklık ağı olan Doc Next Network’ün projesidir; Türkiye ortağı MODE İstanbul’dur. Doc Next, gerçekleştirdiği çalışmalarla ‘belgesel’i yeniden tanımlarken, geleneksel medya ile katılımcı ve özgür bir kültür anlayışı arasında köprü kurar. Remapping Europe aktivitelerinin temel prensibi de, önceden yaratılmış ve çeşitli arşivlerde yer alan görsel-işitsel materyallerin bir araya getirilerek ve “karıştırılarak” yeni medya yapıtlarının ortaya konması anlamına gelen “re-mix” metoduna ve özgür kültür bilincine dayalıdır. Bu metodu kullanarak hedeflenen, Avrupa ve çevresindeki toplumlarda yaşayan göçmenlere dair varolan baskın imgeleri ve anlatıları yeni bir belgesel anlatısı çerçevesinden bakarak gözden geçirmek, araştırmak, değerlendirmek ve sonuçta Avrupa’yı görsel, coğrafi ve zihinsel olarak yeniden tasarlamak ve hayal etmektir. Bu proje ortak kültürel mirasımıza katkıda bulunmak ve kolektif hafızamızda geleceğe yönelik bir referans noktası oluşturmak amacıyla tasarlanmıştır.
About The Speaker
Shahla Shafiq is a researcher and author. Her publications are on inter-cultural issues, racism, political Islam and immigrants in France. Her doctoral dissertation in sociology is on political Islam, Sex, Gender and Society. Ms. Shafiq has written number of books and articles in both Farsi and French. She is one of the founders of “International Network of Solidarity with Iranian Women”.
This video is about Cambodian women garment workers live and work in unsafe conditions. Nearly 300,000 workers are employed in more than 300 exported garment factories in Cambodia. Most of them are poor women who have migrated from their provinces because of the result of rural poverty. Over 2300 workers were fainted in the first of the year 2011 alone due to poor circulation and overtime hours. Garment workers is not only face problem of short term contract, low wafe but also their lives are very inadequate.
Cambodian women garment workers have faced violence and insecurity in nearly every sphere of their lives. Inadequate policing, overcrowding in retal areas, poor hygiene and sanitation, poor lightinh and distance between retal rooms and toilets increase women's risk of violence including rape.