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Life outside the garment factories: the lived experiences of Cambodian women garment factory workers

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posted on 2020-01-01, 00:00 authored by Fiona McKayFiona McKay, Hayley MckenzieHayley Mckenzie
Purpose Cambodia’s workforce has shifted over time, with internal migration increasing as more people are forced to the cities to find employment. This paper aims to change in workforce participation has led to a number of challenges for people moving into urban areas, particularly women as their role in the household and workforce is changing. Design/methodology/approach This research used qualitative research to explore the experiences of 20 Cambodian women working in garment factories. Interviews were conducted in Khmer by a bilingual research assistant. Interviews were recorded and then translated into English. Data were thematically analysed following a constant comparative method. Findings Findings indicate that women experience social isolation, job stress and are vulnerable to a variety of health and well-being problems. When moving into the city for work, many rural women leave their children in the care of other family members, including grandparents and other extended families, without a network, they experience isolation and loneliness. Originality/value This is the first qualitative work of its kind to investigate the experiences of Cambodian women factory workers and their experiences of moving to urban areas for work.

History

Journal

International journal of migration, health and social care

Volume

16

Issue

4

Pagination

415 - 427

Publisher

Emerald Publishing Limited

Location

Bingley, Eng.

ISSN

1747-9894

eISSN

2042-8650

Language

English

Publication classification

C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal