Archive for the ‘Deliberative Dialogues Project’ Category



These are some of the comments from the women who participated in the dialogues project: “I like to come to this group because we talk about the things that are important to us, and we get to decide what we want to talk about.” “When people ask me questions, they don’t expect anything intelligent to […]



Working on the written translation of the research I had done on the social and labor challenges of domestic workers in India was more complicated than simply taking my English version and translating it into a comparable version of the local language. The primary audience, domestic workers, would mostly have no education or low-levels of […]



Sometimes this project can seem very complicated to explain to people, as it has so many moving parts. I would say that essentially, this program is about changing (negative) habits and using an agreed upon goal to practice more positive, useful responses. Brinda gave a very simple example to illustrate this concept. She said that […]

In regards to measuring the outcomes, I have been worried about how time-consuming it was to get the women to respond to 30 multiple choice questions. One of my initial ideas was to have someone read off each of the questions, and then have the women check off the box (ie. strongly agree – strongly […]

Measuring the outcomes of the deliberative dialogues is an essential aspect of this project. How do we determine whether the dialogues have had any concrete benefit to these women, and if they have not, how do we tweak the program in order to create those benefits? There are two parts to the dialogues: 1.        issues and […]

Physical abuse is an epidemic in the communities these women come from. In some groups, 100% of the women may experience violence in their lives.  But rather than being able to find support from each other, hierarchies are created out of these experiences, where the women who don’t experience violence often feel superior to those […]

In my research from 2010, I addressed the social and labor challenges of domestic workers in India. With the help of student translators, over two hundred domestic workers were interviewed for the report. Originally, this project was simply to summarize and translate that research into the local language of Kannada so that the interview participants […]

The second time the groups met, we usually saw a smaller, more suitable number. Although we asked for about 15 women for the pilots, often upwards of 20 women showed up. Their schedules at work and at home meant they often had to leave early, or arrive late. But they all got a sense of […]

In the pilots, an issue that came up for the women was wage negotiation, which was one of the first topics I had thought of for these deliberative dialogues. But the challenges these women faced when we started speaking about wages was so unexpected, that any solutions or methods I had originally formulated just went […]

The final groups we have decided come from five different organizations: Global Concerns India, Karnataka Domestic Workers Union, Indian National Trade Union Congress, Fedina and Munnade. The participants are predominantly domestic workers, but also include construction workers and garment workers. Originally we were going to run a pilot and dialogue with each of the groups, […]