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In search of work : international migration of women in Latin America and the Caribbean : selected bibliography




Silke Staab


This selected bibliography on the international migration of
women in Latin America and the Caribbean in search of work was compiled as part of the project “Gender oriented labour market policy”, which is being implemented by the Women and UDevelopment Unit of ECLAC with the support of the German Agency for Technical Cooperation (GTZ).
The project focuses on the labour market, as one of the spheres where the inequality and discrimination that affect the region’s women is most clearly evident, and where regulations currently in place curtail women’s economic and social rights and prevent them from exercising full citizenship. The main goals of the project are to promote the
implementation of measures in favour of gender equality in labour market policies, in the current context of economic policies —in both the national and domestic arenas—, while also strengthening the capacity for dialogue, negotiation and consensus on the issue among national mechanisms concerned with women’s advancement, Labour Ministries, and other institutional actors in government and civil society.
In addition, the project provides for the development of technical instruments aimed at facilitating improved exchange and dissemination of information on various aspects that influence women’s economic behaviour. This bibliography is in line with these aims.
Globalization is currently characterized by economic liberalization, changing production modes of and labour-market flexibility, among other features. These processes have an impact on women’s lives, especially those of the poorest women, encouraging them to migrate in search of jobs
which do not exist in their original place of residence.

Place published

Santiago de Chile


Naciones Unidas, CEPAL = ECLAC, Women and Development Unit


Silke Staab.

28 cm.

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Economic sectors

Occupations in services - Domestic work and Other

Content types

Policy analysis

Target groups


Geographical focuses

America - Central & Caribbeans, Guatemala, Jamaica, Honduras, Other Caribbean States, Haiti, Cuba, Dominican Repulic, and El Salvador

Spheres of activity

Gender and sexuality studies