Understanding female migrant child labor within a cumulative risk framework: The case for combined interventions in Ghana

Laura Gauer Bermudez, Ozge Sensoy Bahar, Mavis Dako-Gyeke, Alice Boateng, Abdallah Ibrahim, Fred M. Ssewamala, Mary McKay

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Abstract

North-to-south migration has been a persistent trend in Ghana. Yet the migrating population has recently shifted to become predominantly female and younger, with a significant increase in rural adolescent girls seeking employment in urban and peri-urban areas. For adolescents without strong networks of social and financial support, this practice can jeopardize their physical and mental health, putting them at risk of sexual victimization and economic exploitation. Building upon the work of cumulative risk and ecological systems theorists, this article examines the case of female adolescent load bearers (Kayayei) in Ghana, highlighting the need to develop and evaluate multi-component prevention efforts.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)147-163
Number of pages17
JournalInternational Social Work
Volume63
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - 1 Mar 2020
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Adolescents
  • Ghana
  • Kayayei
  • child labor
  • migration

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