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Accepted Paper:

The Precarity of Women’s Short-term Migration: A case study from Nepal  
Patrick Kilby (Australian National University) Joyce Wu (University of New South Wales)

Paper short abstract:

This brings the notion of precarity in the Age of the Anthropocene, as a real risk to women's empowerment and in the context of global migration chains. It explores how patriarchy and paternalist government policy can have an unintended effect and increase the precariousness of women's migration.

Paper long abstract:

This paper explores precarity in short-term women’s migration using the case study of Nepal. Women migrate from Nepal for short-term contract work mostly in the domestic care sector. This research has used both focus group discussions, and key informant interviews with returned and prospective migrants, as well as NGO staff and others supporting migration. A picture of the precarity of women short term migration from Nepal to the Middle East has emerged, with the motivation for women’s migration being complex, and while it is primarily financial and for some an economic necessity, there are also broader implications, and the argument that migration can expand women’s choices and opportunities, and possibly be empowering. The research found that this 'empowerment' applies to relatively few women migrants. Nepalese women face considerable risks and this migration is generally precarious due to patriarchal control and paternalist government restrictions and controls, along each step of the migration pathway.

Panel P04
How does feminist thinking in gender and development affect change in the Anthropocene?
  Session 1 Thursday 29 June, 2023, -