Globalization, gender and poverty: Bangladeshi women workers in export and local markets
Article first published online: 18 DEC 2003
Copyright © 2004 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.
Journal of International Development
Special Issue: Globalization, Production, Employment and Poverty
Volume 16, Issue 1, pages 93–109, January 2004
How to Cite
Kabeer, N. and Mahmud, S. (2004), Globalization, gender and poverty: Bangladeshi women workers in export and local markets. J. Int. Dev., 16: 93–109. doi: 10.1002/jid.1065
- Issue published online: 18 DEC 2003
- Article first published online: 18 DEC 2003
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.