"Decent Work for Domestic Workers: Domestic Working in Turkey, Demands, Conditions" Conference Program...
This chapter aims to clarify and analyse the activities of a currently active women's organisation, IMECE – Women's Solidarity Cooperative – in Esenyurt, a peripheral district of Istanbul, which has a wide variety of internal immigrants from different regions in Turkey.1 The attempt of IMECE to conduct colearning activity on the basis of womanhood will be treated in a self-reflexive way within the context of the cultural, social and educational diversity of the Kurds, the Alevi, the Sunni conservative religious sects, the Roma and the Bulgarian immigrants of the post-1980s. These issues will be dealt with in a self-reflexive manner, as I am one of the founders of the initiative. ...
We as the charwomen, cleaners, nursemaids and all the daily unregistered domestic servants are all WORKERS… We DO demand our rights! They call us "charwomen". Charwomen, cleaning worker or domestic workers, we are all workers all in all. We are not the women who occasionally and randomly go to work to "contribute" to the family budget, as the mass-media often calls. We are in millions and the number steadily increases day by day. Just the same as the "regular" workers, we do work and bring home the bread. However, we are not considered as workers anyway. ...
Established in the slum and recently migrated areas, IMECE aims to be an institution for the women who are obliged to work in the flexible piece-work, house cleaning-servanting and socially insecure industries of cheap labour as textile industry, to gather, to eliminate their disadvantages and form a new form of women's solidarity for empowerment. She also aims to work for the needs of these women and their daughters in the areas of education, health and law, absolutely with the volunteer work of women professionals....
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