The Cost of the Maquila Work in Women’s Bodies and The Meaning of Traditional Waist Looms in Women’s Lives in Veracruz, Mexico

Paula will share her experience with textile and apparel work in the maquila and explain the impact of maquila work on women’s lives and bodies in Honduras, her community and the global community.

Lucy will connect us to indigenous knowledge shared by artisan women in Veracruz, Mexico. Participants will hear about indigenous women's work with backstrap loom and how that work impacts on their bodies, their communities, and the global community. The relevance of the backstrap loom is not only because of the deep meaning in what is woven, but also how it affects the woman's body.

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Friday 12:45 PM - 2:15 PM

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  • Paula Urbina

    Paula is the General Coordinator of CODEMUH (Honduran Women’s Collective) and a worker at a Canadian Gildan Activewear’s factory in northern Honduras. Paula has been a strong advocate for women whose health has been affected through work in Gildan’s maquila.

  • Lucia Morales

    Lucía Morales is an Indigenous Nahuatl from the state of Veracruz, Mexico. Lucía or Lucy has been a school teacher of indigenous education since 2002 and has been a political leader of the teacher movement in defense of public education and labour rights of school teachers since then. Lucy is a founding member of the Totlahtol Yoltok Collective, which works for the decolonization of indigenous education, and is a member of the Mexican Section of the Tri-national Coalition in defense of public education.