Edited by K. Bruce Newbold and Kathi Wilson
Chapter 6: Rebalancing act: promoting an international research agenda on women migrant care workers’ health and rights
In this chapter we explore the contributions women migrants make to the global care and service economy, and contrast this to the gendered health risks migrant women suffer as a result of their global mobility. We focus on women engaged in migration for the purposes of employment in the care sector (women migrant workers; WMWs), but we highlight the fact that migration itself has become a transnational livelihood strategy for women who are responding to the crisis of social reproduction that is present or emerging across home and host countries. We examine how migrant women’s access health services and rights to social protection are challenged due to their transnational mobility. We pay close attention to areas such as sexual and reproductive rights, mental health issues, and specialized supports and health care for women who have been victims of trafficking, domestic abuse, and workplace exploitation and injury. From this analysis we reflect on what is needed to advance an international research agenda in the area of gender, rights and health for migrant women, including enhanced data gathering and sharing pertaining to women's migration, and new policy approaches to rights’ protections and health care access.
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