The purpose of this project is to explore the tensions in regulations and policies of women’s labour migration in/between sending and receiving country, and how Nepali domestic workers handle and challenge these tensions in their informal (and illegal) organization in connection with labour migration in the United Arab Emirate (UAE). The project focuses on the domestic workers understandings of these tensions and how they interplay with their navigating strategies and interactions in informal organizing practices while handling the problems labour migrants are subject to. As official organizations and organizing are illegal in many of the labour migration intensive Gulf countries it has been taken for granted that organization does not exist. Consequently, the research is sparse when it comes to labour migrant’s organization, and even less so or not to say non- existent
when it comes to domestic workers informal organization in a context such as UAE. It is as abused victims of exploitative labour conditions and human trafficking domestic workers have been visible in dominant academic, policy and general discourses, not as being the driving force of informal organization regarding labour migration related problems.
Key words: labour migration/ Nepali domestc workers/ informal and illegal organization/ UAE
Organizing without organizations:
Nepali domestic workers informal organization in connection with
labour migration in the United Arab Emirate
The project, in its initial preparatory stage, is a study that is based on a series of photographs of street art taken in Kathmandu from 2012 and onwards. The aim with the project is that through the photographs discuss the connections, if any, between street art, social activism, politics, cultural heritage and affect. It will also examine the motivations, practices and the meanings that street art as a relatively recent phenomenon in Nepal have for the artist themselves as well as the public, i.e. the different categories of people moving around in the city doing their everyday practices in the public space and open gallery of Kathmandu.