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NEITHER HEROINES NOR VICTIMS : Women Migrant Workers and Changing Family and Community Relations in Nepal
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Research on gender and migration in the Global South, especially in South Asia, has focused on agrarian transition and the consequent “feminization of agriculture”. In recent decades, with rising new demands for cheap labor worldwide, along with the continued inadequacy of rural employment opportunities and increased connectivity, increased male out migration has brought transformation at many levels, including in gender power relations. Some studietend to glorify the role of financial remittances and the increased autonomy and power for women who – in the absence of men – have become the de facto head of the household. Other studies focus on the increased drudgery and mobility challenges for women who stayed behind and their families. Several studies have addressed the issue of feminization of agriculture in Nepal, with similar mixed outcomes. Increased well-being and assets gained through financial remittances are often accompanied by transnational practices that tend to reproduce or even exacerbate gendered power structures, especially when control over financial remittances rests with men.


UNWOMEN ,   (2017 )
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 UNWOMEN : Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women
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