Empowerment as a pre-requisite to managing and influencing health in the workplace: the sexual and reproductive health needs of factory women migrant workers in Malaysia

Miles, Lilian ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0001-7224-757X, Freeman, Tim ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-9317-811X, Lai, Wan-Teng, Mat-Yasin, Suziana and Ying, Kelvin (2021) Empowerment as a pre-requisite to managing and influencing health in the workplace: the sexual and reproductive health needs of factory women migrant workers in Malaysia. Economic and Industrial Democracy . ISSN 0143-831X [Article] (Published online first) (doi:10.1177/0143831x211024725)

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Abstract

Malaysia is a major importer of migrant labour within the ASEAN, and migration has adverse implications for the sexual and reproductive health (SRH) of women migrant workers. Given the centrality of the workplace to the lives of such women, we report a qualitative analysis of interview data with women migrant workers (n=14) and wider stakeholders (n=10) and consider the extent to which they are able to effect change in workplace SRH policy and practice. Informed by Rowlands’ typology of power and model of empowerment, our analysis considers the extent to which normative expectations of process and collective mobilisation upon which feminist empowerment models are predicated operate in such contexts and discuss the implications of our findings for research to advance workplace democracy.

Item Type: Article
Keywords (uncontrolled): Management of Technology and Innovation, Strategy and Management, General Business, Management and Accounting, Organizational Behavior and Human Resource Management
Research Areas: A. > Business School
Item ID: 33292
Notes on copyright: © The Author(s) 2021. https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/4.0/
This article is distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 License (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/4.0/) which permits non-commercial use, reproduction and distribution of the work without further permission provided the original work is attributed as specified on the SAGE and Open Access pages (https://us.sagepub.com/en-us/nam/open-access-at-sage).
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Depositing User: Tim Freeman
Date Deposited: 21 May 2021 09:55
Last Modified: 14 Jul 2021 09:03
URI: https://eprints.mdx.ac.uk/id/eprint/33292

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