Women on the edges of europe
Information and Communication Technologies have a big relevance in the field of women's labour. We are facing great changes in the work market: a massive entrance of female workers, the introduction of new technologies, the development of the third sector. In the post-fordist model knowledges and communication are the core of the productive process which is based on relational skills. Communicative and relational skills are typical women qualities. ICT alfabetization is becoming a crucial issue in every aspect of social life too. But did the transformation of the work market really help women?. With informatization many women found new spaces in the electronic industry and in services sectors,but what is the real role of women in the super flexible market of Europe enlarging toward east?
The enlargement of Europe will means free circulation of people and goods, but is that for real? We foreseen an exodus of workers toward the west and a strategy of delocalization of western industries to the est for the cheaper cost of work (i.e. Philips is firing 22.000 people and moving to Hungary where the cost of the workers is cheaper and many italian northern-east factories are moving to Timosoara). The multinationals in Europe that are using outsorcing or delocalization are 4 out of 10. Under which conditions is this production happening in eastern europe? Together with the income of companies are improving also the working conditions and the rights of local workers? The integration of other eastern european countries in the EU in the next years will concern only the rules of market or also the rules of the labour market and social security for workers?
Our working proposal is to collaborate with two medialab (in Cluj, Romania and Zagreb, Croatia) to research the transformations of work in the field of broadcasting Media (TV, radio, satellite) in Italy and in Croatia and Romania. We want to enquire especially the roles of women in the media factories form eastern to western europe. We want to enquire in mainstream media as in independent media. We propose to realize our research throught video interviews and workshops and to analize the relationship between women, ICT and new labour. We want to develop strategies of learning and working for women who wants to enter the space of new technologies.