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Skilled craftswomen or cheap labour? Craft-based NGO projects as an alternative to female urban migration in northern Thailand.

Authors
  • Humphreys, R
Type
Published Article
Journal
Gender and development
Publication Date
Jul 01, 1999
Volume
7
Issue
2
Pages
56–63
Identifiers
PMID: 12349218
Source
Medline
Keywords
License
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Abstract

This article presents a craft-based nongovernmental organization (NGO) project designed as an alternative to female urban migration in northern Thailand. ThaiCraft works with over 60 community-based artisan groups including members of minority and refugee groups. Activities include supporting community groups in their move toward self-reliance, coordination of producers' activities for ensuring fair payment, and maximizing marketing opportunities to increase producers' income. One of the project¿s aims is to form dynamic educational partnerships among producers, volunteers, and the public through the provision of training. Still, it is doubtful whether craft-based NGOs and other organizations can constitute a viable long-term alternative to urban migration. No proposed solution can respond to all issues associated with the emigration of rural Thai women for employment; however, the recognition of women's skills and knowledge is of importance to the fight against gender inequality in development.

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