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The Obedient EPZ-Worker: A case study concerning female EPZ workers' barriers to empowerment in Sri Lanka
Södertörn University, School of Natural Sciences, Technology and Environmental Studies.
2014 (English)Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

This study analyzes and maps barriers preventing Sri Lankan female workers in Export Processing Zones (EPZs) from participating in awareness raising activities by NGOs. These barriers can furthermore be discussed as preventing them from an enhanced empowerment. The gathered data is mostly based on interviews conducted during a three-week long fieldtrip in Sri Lanka. By using both a literature analysis on the field of research together with group interviews with both female EPZ workers as well as with personnel from a women’s organization in Sri Lanka the study identifies five barriers hindering the women’s participation; time and distance; lack of motivation or interest; limited knowledge of the organization; someone opposing the choice; and fear of loosing the employment. The study derives the root-causes of the barriers to the current social norms and roles, which are internalized in the young women’s mind from their background as well as through the reproduction of them in their new environment, but also to EPZs as discouraging an improvement of the women’s situation.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2014. , 48 p.
Keyword [en]
Export Processing Zones, Female factory workers, Labor rights, Awareness activities, NGOs, Empowerment, False consciousness, Sri Lanka
National Category
Social Sciences
URN: urn:nbn:se:sh:diva-24229OAI: diva2:730479
Subject / course
Development and International Cooperation
Life Earth Science
Available from: 2014-06-30 Created: 2014-06-27 Last updated: 2016-07-05Bibliographically approved

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