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Professor McCann to launch new short film and chair a special session on Africa in the Future of Work at the United Nations International Labour Organization, Geneva, 8 July 2019

(4 July 2019)

The project on Decent Work Regulation (DWR) - led by Professor Deirdre McCann - is holding a Special Session to launch a short film Rethabile's Story, produced by the project in collaboration with director Darren Hutchinson.

The film screening will be followed by a round table discussion onAfrica in the Future of Work with panellists Limpho Mandoro (ILO Pretoria), Natasja Ambrosio (Head of Sustainability, Mr Price Group, South Africa) and Professor Kelly Pike (York University, Toronto).

Since 2018, the project on Decent Work Regulation in Africa (DWR-Africa) has investigated working conditions and compliance with labour standards in the garment sectors of Sub-Saharan Africa, with a particular focus on Lesotho and South Africa.

As part of the Project, Rethabile's Story explores daily life in the Lesotho garment sector through the eyes of an ex-factory worker and her friends. The film highlights the challenges to the sector and explores garment sector workers' experiences of working life and hopes for the future.

The Special Session will be held on the opening day of the Regulating for Decent Work (RDW) Conference, the leading international interdisciplinary conference on labour regulation, which will be held at the UN International Labour Office, Geneva, from 8-10 July 2019. Co-hosted by Durham Law School, this year’s Conference will focus on the Future of Work.

DWR-Africa is a collaboration between Durham University (UK), the University of Cape Town (South Africa) and York University (Canada). It is funded through the UK’s Global Challenges Research Fund (GCRF) and Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC).