The importance of being earners: why women in South Africa need well-paid jobs
Author: Simister, John
Source: Development Southern Africa, Volume 26, Number 5, December 2009 , pp. 709-719(11)
Abstract:The 'children fare better' viewpoint claims that children tend to be better fed if their mother (as opposed to father) has sufficient income of her own for food. This paper assesses this claim for South Africa, using data from household surveys. It considers the possibility that this issue is related to domestic violence between husband and wife, and finds an apparent link between wife's earnings, child nutrition and domestic violence. Children's well-being seems more assured if mothers have an adequate income; but there is more risk of inadequate nutrition in households where there is domestic violence against wives.
Document Type: Research article
Publication date: 2009-12-01