Gender and Justice: A Conversation on Domestic Work and the Common Good

Thursday, March 07, 2013
2:30 PM - 4:30 PM
McLaren Conference Center 252 - Venue
Event Type
Events and Lectures
Fedulow, Lydia B
Media Studies



Gender and Justice: a conversation on domestic work and the common good

Co-sponsored with the Lane Center 

Moderator: Lois Lorentzen, Professor of Theology and Religious Studies, Co-director of CELASA

This panel will feature activists and scholars addressing social, political, and ethical dimensions of domestic work. Local organizers will highlight current campaigns promoting social justice for domestic workers. The panel will also explore how the realities of gender and migration intersect with this topic.


María Hernandez, San Francisco Program Coordinator, Mujeres Unidas y Activas.  Originally from Mexico City, Ms Hernandez has worked with MUA since 2004 and was hired in 2008. In 2010 Maria helped MUA plan and launch its Sexual Assault Crisis Line, the only Spanish crisis line in Northern California. Maria is a skilled domestic violence advocate and conducts peer-to-peer counseling.

Valerie Francisco received her Ph.D. from the Department of Sociology at City University of New York, The Graduate Center and is currently a postdoctoral fellow at the Public Science Project in New York City. She works in collaboration with Filipino immigrant workers and organizers to highlight understudied work conditions of caregivers to the elderly in California.

Catherine Osborne is completing a Ph.D. in Theology at Fordham University, specializing in Catholic Studies. Her article "Migrant Domestic Careworkers: Between the Public and the Private in Catholic Social Teaching" was recently published in the Journal of Religious Ethics.

Lillian Galedo is the executive director of Filipino Advocates for Justice (FAJ). Ms. Galedo has worked for FAJ since 1980 helping to shape the organization's work on youth leadership development, immigration, support for low-wage workers and civic engagement. FAJ is a lead organization in the California campaign for a Domestic Worker Bill of Rights and the Dignity Campaign for Real Immigration Reform.

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