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Gender and labor mobility: Bolivian feminine workers in the garment industry in São Paulo

Grant number: 17/15299-2
Support Opportunities:Scholarships abroad - Research Internship - Master's degree
Effective date (Start): September 15, 2017
Effective date (End): January 14, 2018
Field of knowledge:Humanities - Geography - Human Geography
Principal Investigator:Heinz Dieter Heidemann
Grantee:Clara Lemme Ribeiro
Supervisor: Ana Mallimaci
Host Institution: Faculdade de Filosofia, Letras e Ciências Humanas (FFLCH). Universidade de São Paulo (USP). São Paulo , SP, Brazil
Research place: Universidad de Buenos Aires (UBA), Argentina  
Associated to the scholarship:15/16841-0 - Gender and labor mobility: Bolivian feminine workers in the garment industry in São Paulo, BP.MS


The aim of the current research is to study the migration process of Bolivian women to work in illegal sweatshops of the Metropolitan Region of São Paulo's garment industry, in Brazil. Overexploitation of labour happen many times among families, and women are responsible for both the productive work in sewing and the reproductive activities, such as cooking and cleaning. The main issue is how to relate this double female responsibility in the sweatshops to the migration of Bolivian women, regarding the particularities of immigrant female labour. Furthermore, it aims to understand the academic and institutional discourse about feminine migration inside the migration process, which demands an approach from a gender-study point of view. This project proposes a research internship in the Universidad de Buenos Aires, Argentina, under the direction of Dra. Ana Mallimaci, between August and December, 2017. The aim is to develop the questions mentioned above. An active academic participation of the researcher and a field work to be executed with the Asociación de Mujeres Unidas Migrantes y Refugiadas en Argentina and the textile cooperative Mundo Alameda will be fundamental to this internship.

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