Migration and the Gender Impact of Covid-19 on Nepalese Women


  • Patrick Kilby Australian National University
  • Joyce Wu Global Development School of Social Sciences, University of New South Wales




Nepal, women, migration, COVID-19, patriarchy, gender


The COVID-19 pandemic has disrupted lives globally, and many have been “stranded” overseas with little if any support in getting home. The stranded include migrant workers whose remittances bolster their household income and home country’s national GDP, and who are often overlooked in COVID-19 responses. This paper focuses on Nepalese women employed in the domestic work sector but last on repatriation flight lists and returnee policies and programmes. The pandemic has made an already precarious working life even more difficult. The study focuses on how women employed in Lebanon in in normal times have been able to exercise their agency in a complex socio‑political environment and how this has been disrupted by COVID-19 and the hostile political and social environment, both at home and abroad. This research is based on literature, contemporary newspaper reports, and key informants’ interviews with people working on migration issues in Nepal.



How to Cite

Kilby, P. ., & Wu, J. . (2021). Migration and the Gender Impact of Covid-19 on Nepalese Women. Pakistan Journal of Women’s Studies: Alam-E-Niswan, 28(2), 45-57. https://doi.org/10.46521/pjws.028.02.0095