Alternate Activity 1: Women Workers Speak Out
Activity time: 30 minutes
Materials for Activity
- Pushing Back: Women Workers Speak Out on Trade (18:04)
- A computer with Internet connection and a projection screen, digital projector, and speakers or a large monitor
Preparation for Activity
- Preview the video.
- Test equipment and queue the video.
- Arrange seating so that all participants can view the screen and hear the video.
Description of Activity
Share this introduction to the video, quoted from the video website:
STITCH facilitates and supports the leadership capacity and skills of women workers in Latin America and the U.S. who are organizing for economic, racial, and social justice.
In late July 2011, STITCH hosted an all women's labor solidarity delegation to Honduras to assess the impact of the Central America Free Trade Agreement (CAFTA-DR) on women in the region. Drawing links between economic changes and their everyday lives, women workers shared their stories on how CAFTA has led to an increase in labor flexibilization, unemployment, violations of worker rights, and discrimination against women.
Show the video. Then lead a discussion, using these questions:
- What parts of this story resonated with you? Why?
- What is our moral responsibility to support fair labor practices, particularly for marginalized groups in the global community?
- How can we support fair labor practices? How can we do so through our everyday economic choices?