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"I am the Household Head now!"


"I am the Household Head now!"
Gender Aspects of Out-migration for Labour in Nepal

by Heidi Kaspar


Publisher: Kathmandu, Nepal Institute of Development Studies (NIDS), 2005




"Out-migration in Nepal is a highly gendered process: Men go away to work in foreign countries and women stay in the villages, managing agricultural work, doing the household works, and taking care of children and elders. When husbands migrate, work routines must be re-organised among the remaining household members and decions-making competences shift. The study concentrates on changes in women's and men's workloads and participation in decision-making induced by out-migration for labour. The findings reveal manifolf dynamics in the study area of Kalabang village in Napal's mid-hill zone. These dynamics have ambivalent effects on gender relations, some leading to an empowerment of women and others widening gender disparities. The analysis clearly shows that factors such as age or position within the household considerably impact the effects of migration on the home-staying women."

Kaspar, Heidi. 2005. "I am the Household Head now!" Gender Aspects of Out-migration for Labour in Nepal. Kathmandu: Nepal Institute of Development Studies (NIDS).


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