Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Neoliberal version of mother & child

This is not a woman practicing “extreme mothering”, a parenting practice in all the headlines where you keep your child with you 24/7. This is an instance of extreme burden on women workers & reckless disregard for children's welfare. And the criticism is not directed at the woman who has no options. With no social services to support working mothers, she has to hold & care for her infant as she works at a brick factory in Bungmati, Nepal. The job is a health hazard for the woman & especially for the child, including dust pollution, gas pollution, & extreme heat stress. IMF policies undercut unionization & union independence. Nothing is more important for this woman than the social & political power of a union; women may well lead that struggle. (Photo by Niranjan Shrestha/AP)

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