Kruskaya is a feminist activist and researcher and a Field Organizing Specialist for the Solidarity Center in Mexico. She is a Co-founder of Observatorio de Plataformas (Platform Observatory), a collective that challenges the poor working conditions and human rights violations for workers in platform economies, and presents alternatives for decent work and ethical consumption.
Kruskaya’s work explores the impact of platform economies on the bodies and lives of women, especially migrant and racialised women. She uses decolonial methodologies for the construction of life stories and collective knowledge. In her current project, Código doméstico in the flesh (Domestic Code in the flesh), she gathers the life stories of workers in cleaning apps in different countries of Latin America through podcast, illustrations, and written materials.
Her recent publications include “Domestic Code in the Flesh": Stories of workers in cleaning services apps” (also available in Spanish) and “Decolonial Readings of Platform Economies: The Organising of On-Demand Delivery Women Workers in Ecuador” published in the Journal für Entwicklungspolitk. Kruskaya also co-edited the book Precarización laboral en plataformas digitales. Una lectura desde América Latina (Job insecurity on digital platforms: a reading from Latin America), published in 2020 by Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung.
Kruskaya has an undergraduate degree in International Relations from the Pontifical Catholic University of Ecuador (PUCE) and a master’s degree in Gender Studies from the Central European University (CEU). She also has a specialisation in Afro-Latin American and Caribbean studies from the Latin American Council of Social Sciences (CLACSO).
What gives me hope? We are on a constant path of learning because we want to tackle inequalities and change the world. It gives me hope to learn from my compañeras, the domestic workers and on-demand delivery workers who demonstrate that life experience is a powerful source of knowledge. It is through situated knowledge, embodied objectivities and engaged perspectives that we are going to create another world.
Kruskaya Hidalgo Cordero