How can working away from home damage my health

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Many women work away from their homes. Some women travel daily from home to work, while others have moved many miles to live near work. This is called ‘migration’.

Most often women move from rural areas to cities where big factories offer jobs, or where they can get jobs as domestic workers. Some women choose to move, but others are forced to move because there is no food or work at home, or because factories offer more money. Often the money these women make is very important for supporting their families back home.

When women migrate, they may be alone for the first time. This can be very frightening because they are away from the family and friends who gave them support.

  • Burns, A. A., Niemann, S., Lovich, R., Maxwell, J., & Shapiro, K. (2014). Where women have no doctor: A health guide for women. Hesperian Foundation.
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