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Dr. Ishrat Jahan

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Dr. Ishrat Jahan
Assistant Professor, Department of Anthropology, University of Dhaka, Dhaka-1000, Bangladesh

Jahan, Dr. Ishrat. "DREAMS OF GOOD LIVES OR SHATTERED HOPES?: LABOUR MIGRATION AND WOMEN'S WORK IN RURAL BANGLADESH." Int. j. of Social Science and Economic Research, vol. 3, no. 6, June 2018, pp. 2228-2254, Accessed 2018.
Jahan, D. (2018, June). DREAMS OF GOOD LIVES OR SHATTERED HOPES?: LABOUR MIGRATION AND WOMEN'S WORK IN RURAL BANGLADESH. Int. j. of Social Science and Economic Research, 3(6), 2228-2254. Retrieved from
Jahan, Dr. Ishrat. "DREAMS OF GOOD LIVES OR SHATTERED HOPES?: LABOUR MIGRATION AND WOMEN'S WORK IN RURAL BANGLADESH." Int. j. of Social Science and Economic Research 3, no. 6 (June 2018), 2228-2254. Accessed , 2018.

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As globalization promotes 'export processing zones, free trade zones and world market factories', it creates employment opportunities for both men and women, but especially for women (Mujahid et al 2014:8). In Bangladesh, the impact of globalization and trade liberalization is characterized by feminization of the internal labour force. The garment industry alone employs 3.6 million women (The Guardian 23 May, 2013). Availability of paid work in the factories has placed greater responsibilities on many of these women to meet the survival needs of their families (Bacchus 2005). For some, it has conferred breadwinning status. International migration of women to the Gulf States, in order to improve the family income and raise the living standard of their families is also a recent phenomenon in rural Bangladesh. In this article, I examine the economic and social consequences of different types of labour migration of the women of Char Khankhanapur and Decree Charchandpur and investigate whether or not working as migrant labourers improves their lives. I focus on how women experience their work as migrant labourers and explore the reasons underlying their decisions to migrate. I draw on the case studies of migrant women from both villages to discuss the relation between women's work and enhancement of their status from the Women in Development (WID) perspective.