Female factory workers less vulnerable to child marriage

A recent study by University of Washington has suggested that female factory workers in Bangladesh have improved lifestyle and are less vulnerable to early marriage and childbirth. Among 40 lakh workers working in readymade garments factory 80% are female, according to Bangladesh Garments Manufacturers and Exporters Association.

The research found that 12-18 year old girls who lives near garment factories are 28% less likely to be married off early than those who live in the same area but away from factories. 10-23 year olds who are exposed to factory job during adolescence are more likely to work outside home and get married later. The research was carried out by Rachel Heath of the University of Washington and A. Mushfiq Mobarak of the Yale University School of Management.

Find out more: “Study: RMG jobs help lower child marriage rate“, by Dhaka Tribune.

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