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Privatization of public services hurts women’s access to public spaces

Privatization of public services hurts women’s access to public spaces, so protests against the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation’s privatization plans are growing. “Research conducted by the Gender and Space project, of which I [Shilpa Phadke] was a part, between 2003 and 2006 on women’s access to public spaces in Mumbai, published in the book Why Loiter?, demonstrated unequivocally that public transport—the city’s network of BEST buses, suburban trains and the links between the two—made Mumbai the friendliest, most accessible city in the country for women. A decade later, we are seeing the gradual erosion of BEST services and the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation’s articulation of its intent to hand over operations to private agencies and sell bus depots to real estate developers. In short, to unravel a system that works, and works brilliantly.”

Source: Scroll.in

In Jakarta, a Women’s Movement Leads the Fight Against Water Privatization

In Jakarta, a women’s movement is leading the fight against water privatization. Peoples Dispatch spoke to Dinda Nuur Anisaa Yura from Solidaritas Perempuan (Women’s Solidarity for Human Rights) about the movement against water privatization. “If the RCEP [Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership, a mega free trade deal] comes, then there will not only be two companies to control the water resources, but it will further privatize water in Indonesia. There are very few communities who can still access water for free now and in the future, with RCEP and other trade agreements, we will have much less access to water resources as all of it will be grabbed [by corporates] and it will cost us our sovereignty.”

Source: NewsClick

"The state did not play its role of guarantor"

Djougal Mama Cisse, President of the Collective of Women Workers and Wives of Workers in the Huicoma, an oil production and marketing company, denounces privatization. She said “Huicoma is a Malian company created to reduce unemployment but [was] ‘brutally privatized by the Malian authorities to Tomota Group, which, according to her, has no experience in the oil mill. ‘Tomota, since its arrival, began to lay off 400 people. They referred all seasonal workers. They put us all in layoffs for three months and the government said nothing. The state did not play its role of guarantor."

Source: Mali Actu

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