Labour Migration in the Hindu Kush Himalayas - Gender Challenges

Labour migration in the greater Himalayan region has a distinctive characteristic: it has a strong gender bias with mostly men leaving their villages and families and women staying behind.The family, especially women, take on greater drudgery to enable their men to migrate. If their efforts and the inflow of remittances cannot compensate for the absent male workforce the already low agricultural output may further decrease.“Since my husband has gone, I have to work in the field every day. I have no choice, I have to.” Gurung women from Nepal (Kaspar 2005)
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