A surge in female employment in Bangladesh and Zambia has disrupted traditional gender norms
A recent study of female garment factory workers in Dhaka found that 52 percent had experienced some form of domestic violence over the previous year.
As women’s roles change, according to the study, men seek to “punish” them for breaking with traditional gender norms and to reassert their power. Employment and financial independence can play a big role in this, especially when women begin to earn more than their husbands. Other forms of economic empowerment — owning or inheriting property, money or other assets, for example — can have the same effect, the research found….
The Lily (The Washington Post) | 30th January 2019
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