Negotiating Respectability: Migrant Women Workers’ Perceptions on Relationships and Sexuality in Free Trade Zones in Sri Lanka
2014 (English)In: Health Care for Women International, ISSN 0739-9332, E-ISSN 1096-4665, Vol. 35, no 6, 658-676 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Migration has implications for women's sexual and reproductive health and rights. Our purpose with this study was to explore unmarried migrant women's perceptions of relationships and sexuality in the context of Sri Lankan Free Trade Zones. Sixteen semi-structured qualitative interviews were analyzed using thematic analysis. We found that the women's perceptions were influenced by gendered hegemonic notions of respectability and virginity. Complex gender relations both worked in favor of and against women's sexual and reproductive health and rights. Programs for improvement of migrant women's health should be informed by contextualized analysis of gender relations with its various dimensions and levels.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2014. Vol. 35, no 6, 658-676 p.
Public Health, Global Health, Social Medicine and Epidemiology
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-211624DOI: 10.1080/07399332.2013.862799ISI: 000337633200005OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-211624DiVA: diva2:667643