Two Models for Representing Workers' Rights: Local Organizing versus International Standards


Friday, October 24, 2014, 12:00pm to 1:00pm


Ash Center Conference Room, 124 Mount Auburn Street, Suite 200-North, Cambridge, MA

BoardroomAsh Center Student Speaker Series

Sanjay Kumar, MC/Mason ’15 and Rosie Zhang, MC/Mason ’15

Lunch will be provided.

About the Event
In fast developing countries, ensuring safe and humane working conditions can be a contentious and evasive struggle. Sanjay Kumar and Rosie Zhang will discuss their work protecting the rights and voice of workers in India and China, respectively. The discussion will cover standard setting, monitoring, ethical sourcing and other approaches to labor rights protection in China from the perspective of international corporations, NGOs, and regimes. We will also discuss the more grassroots approach of one of the largest women’s trade unions in the world, India’s SEWA, which organizes workers for collective bargaining as well as for development through co-operatives and other economic initiatives.

About the Series
The Ash Center Student Speaker Series highlights and explores the implications and lessons learned from the research projects or applied learning experiences of Harvard University students supported by the Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation. Each week, we invite two students to offer brief remarks on their work, or a response to one another’s work, and then open to table for discussion. The series will take place each Friday at 12 noon in the Ash Center conference room, 124 Mount Auburn Street, Suite 200-North. Lunch will be provided.