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Globalization, gender and poverty: Bangladeshi women workers in export and local markets

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  • Naila Kabeer

    (Institute of Development Studies, UK)

  • Simeen Mahmud

    (Bangladesh Institute of Development Studies, Bangladesh)

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Economic liberalization in Bangladesh has led to the emergence of a number of export-oriented industries, of which the manufacture of ready-made garments is the most prominent. The industry currently employs around 1.5 million workers, the overwhelming majority of whom are women. This paper explores the poverty implications of this new form of employment through a comparison of the socio-economic backgrounds, wages and working conditions and contributions to household needs of women working for global markets with those working for domestic markets. Copyright © 2004 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.

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  • Naila Kabeer & Simeen Mahmud, 2004. "Globalization, gender and poverty: Bangladeshi women workers in export and local markets," Journal of International Development, John Wiley & Sons, Ltd., vol. 16(1), pages 93-109.
  • Handle: RePEc:wly:jintdv:v:16:y:2004:i:1:p:93-109
    DOI: 10.1002/jid.1065
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    1. Kabeer, Naila, 2001. "Conflicts Over Credit: Re-Evaluating the Empowerment Potential of Loans to Women in Rural Bangladesh," World Development, Elsevier, vol. 29(1), pages 63-84, January.
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