Post Trafficking Livelihoods in Nepal
Newcastle University UK, in partnership with the
Non Government Organisation ‘Shakti Samuha’ and the
International Organization for Migration (IOM) Mission in
Nepal, is undertaking this research (2010-2012) funded by the
Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC).
This qualitative research project investigates the opportunities for livelihoods of choice for sexually trafficked women on their return to Nepal. It examines the intersections of sexuality, gender and citizenship in returnees’ livelihood strategies as new democratic processes, supported by national and transnational communities, are unfolding. In Nepal anti-trafficking advocacy is highly visible and through the country’s new Constituent Assembly, fresh debates have arisen that are impinging upon returnee trafficked women. By bringing sexuality and citizenship into dialogue with debates on livelihoods this project is helping to generate a new research and policy paradigm for understanding the relationship between sexuality, gender and development.