Sunday, May 10, 2009


"China has one of the highest rates of suicide in the world and is the only country where more women than men commit suicide


There was a man who had a small business and his wife stayed at home to take care of the children, and to do the farming etc. One day, the woman asked her husband for money to buy something. The man didn’t want to give it to her, and said, “I worked hard all month to earn this money, and you just spend it all.” The woman thought, you are the main earner in the household so it's natural that you should be taking care of us, we are your wife and children. But the man didn’t think like that. He thought she shouldn’t use that much money at home. Then they argued, and he hit his wife and said some really terrible things to her. The woman took it really hard, and ended up drinking pesticide"

from "Gender and Rights Research Report on Chinese Female Migrant Domestic Workers", by Mei-Ling Ellerman, Action Research Project on Domestic Workers.