Child labor, gender, and health

Andrea Leinberger-Jabari, David L. Parker, Charles Oberg

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It is often forgotten that child labor is part of a multi-generational problem due in part to the failure to educate girls. Although the literacy rate for women has improved over the last two decades, in many countries it is less than half that of their male counterparts. This in turn leads to nutritional deficiencies, poverty, and poor health. While many researchers address the immediate health effects of child labor on the child laborers, this article addresses the issue of child labor from a broader perspective, one that identifies child labor as a contributor to intergenerational poverty, malnutrition, and limited educational attainment. Child labor and nutrition are important issues in both educational attainment and health status.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)642-647
Number of pages6
JournalPublic health reports
Issue number6
StatePublished - 2005
Externally publishedYes


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