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Transnational Feminism and Women's Movements In Post-1997 Hong KongSolidarity Beyond the State$
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Adelyn Lim

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9789888139378

Published to Hong Kong Scholarship Online: May 2016

DOI: 10.5790/hongkong/9789888139378.001.0001

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Transnational Feminism and Women's Movements In Post-1997 Hong Kong

Adelyn Lim

Hong Kong University Press

This chapter examines advocacy for the recognition of prostitution as legitimate work and sex workers as working women. The global restructuring of capital has reinforced the exploitation of gendered and racialized labor within regional and national sites and the flow of migrants who engage in sexual labor has become a site of intense feminist specification and engagement. In Hong Kong, women activists may disagree on prostitution itself as a practice, but there is extensive agreement that sex workers' entitlement to do their work and demand for recognition of their human rights are essential to cultural-political transformation and women's empowerment. The framing of feminism involves integrating sex workers into agenda setting, reflecting on local organizational forms, rhetoric, and strategies in response to global socio-cultural, economic, and political forces, and imagining new priorities, initiatives, and activities in acknowledgment of evolving feminist understandings.

Keywords:   Sex Workers, Prostitution, Trafficking of Women and Children, Radical Feminist Movement, Sex Workers' Rights Movement

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