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Exhibition highlights role of South Asian women on UK picket lines


AN EXHIBITION at Highfields Library from Saturday (2 February) will recognise the role of women of Indian, Pakistani and Bangladeshi origin in the UK’s modern trade union movement.

‘Striking Women’ charts the involvement of South Asian women in some of the UK’s most memorable disputes over the past 50 years, from the Grunwick dispute in 1976 – when unions united behind women workers challenging their poor working conditions at a photo processing laboratory – to the industrial action in 2005, when workers at Heathrow airport walked out in protest at the sacking of hundreds of Asian women by catering company Gate Gourmet.

Through photographs and personal testimonies, the exhibition illustrates how South Asian women in the UK have contributed to the pursuit of dignity and equality for all workers over the past half century.

The exhibition has been developed by Dr Sundari Anitha from the University of Lincoln and Professor Ruth Pearson from the University of Leeds.

Supported by a grant from the Arts and Humanities Research Council, the exhibition is touring schools and community centres across England.

It will be on show at Highfields Library on Melbourne Road in Leicester from 2 – 22 February. For more information and opening times, please call (0116) 299 5494.


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