Globalisation and Gender: Changing Patterns of Women’s Employment in Bangladesh.
  Author/Editor: Rehman Sobhan, Nasreen Khundker
Publisher: University Press Limited
Year of Publish: 2001
Binding: Hardcover
Produce Code: 9000576
ISBN: 984-05-1581-0
Price: BDT 400.00, USD 35.00

About the book

The volume contains a set of papers which summarise the findings of a research study undertaken by the Centre for Policy Dialogue in collaboration with the United Nations Research Institute on Social Development. It complements the work in other countries such as Viet Nam, Uganda, Morocco and Jamaica. The main issues addressed are the implications of globalisation and changes in the macro-economic context in Bangladesh. Its impact on women's employment, particularly the unprecedented growth of female employment in the readymade garments sector of the economy and the rapidly growing export processing zones of the country. Other parallel changes in the economy which are also explored include the gender impact of targeted micro-credit and other programmes of NGOs, which influenced women's participation in the economy, particularly in rural areas. The study thus makes a significant contribution in understanding the female labour market in Bangladesh. Its various dimensions are looked into, such as household decision making processes and the role of the community; the socialisation processes of female labour into the urban setting and at the workplace, including efforts at labour organisation; the continued changes in global configurations and adjustments made at the plant level with implications for women workers. Eminent researchers Rita Afsar, Debapriya Bhattacharya, Mustafizur Rahman, Nazli Kibria, Shamsul Islam Khan and Simeen Mahmud have contributed to the volume. The review paper was written by Nasreen Khundker and the preface is by Professor Rehman Sobhan, Chairman, Centre for Policy Dialogue. The analyses and the recommendations put forward in this volume are expected to be valuable for both researchers and policymakers in Bangladesh and abroad, and will be useful for designing gender-sensitive policies in the context of rapid globalisation. Contributors Rita Afsar Debapriya Bhattacharya Shamsul I Khan Nazli Kibria Nasreen Khundker Simeen Mahmud Mustafizur Rahman

Professor Rehman Sobhan began his working career on the faculty of Economics, Dhaka University. He served as Member, Bangladesh Planning Commission, Chairman, Research Director and Director General, BIDS, and as a Visiting Fellow, Queen Elizabeth House, Oxford. He was a Member, of the Advisory Council of the President of Bangladesh in charge of the Ministry of Planning and the Economic Relations Division. He is today the Executive Chairman, Centre for Policy Dialogue. His publications include Basic Democracies, Works Programme and Rural Development in East Pakistan; Public Enterprise in an Intermediate Regime: A Study in the Political Economy of Bangladesh; The Crisis of External Dependence: The Political Economy of Foreign Aid to Bangladesh; From Aid Dependence to Self-Reliance: Development Options for Bangladesh; Public Allocative Strategies; Rural Development and Poverty Alleviation: A Global Perspective; Planning and Public Action for Asian Women; Rethinking the Role of the State in Development: Asian Perspectives; Bangladesh: Problems of Governance; Agrarian Reform and Social Transformation.

Nasreen Khundker is Associate Professor, Department of Economics, University of Dhaka. She obtained an M. Sc (Econ) degree from the London School of Economics, and Ph. D from Boston University, USA. Her research interests include technology innovations in the informal sector, structural adjustment and reforms, poverty and famines and NGOs.