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MSc THESIS DEFENCE Nirupa Varatharasan

Nirupa Varatharasan
Date: Friday, December 9, 2011
Time: 1:00 pm
Place: CH&E Classroom, Room 409
Title: What is the effect of garment work on women's health and empowerment in
India? An analysis of India's national family health surveys.
Synopsis: Evidence suggests that employment for women can reduce poverty and inequality
resulting in improved living standards. The garment industry is an important
source of income for Indian women. This thesis tested the effects of garment work
as an income source on women's health-care utilization practices and decision-
making in comparison to both agricultural labourers and general women in India.
Cross-sectional data collected from India's National Family Health Survey-3 was
used to generate descriptive statistics. Statistical modeling was used to test the
effect of garment work on a) barriers to health care services and b) decision-
making abilities of Indian women. Results suggest garment workers are younger,
more educated, urban, and wealthier, make more cash earnings, and have more
access and control over their own money as compared to agricultural labourers.
Results indicate female garment workers report facing fewer barriers to accessing


Source: Adl, Sina - Department of Biology, Dalhousie University


Collections: Environmental Sciences and Ecology