Indonesian Workers in Saudi Arabia
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There are specific gender roles embedded into many cultures around the world. In this case, Indonesian women are expected to produce and reproduce while men are expected to protect and provide. (Silvey 2006, p. 26)
Indonesian woman is waving good-bye to her family to go to work in Saudi Arabia in hopes to make enough money to send back to the home country. Migrants workers are very devoted in the development of their family and their country.
While working as a domestic maid in Saudi Arabia, she thinks about her family back home, more specifically her children and how she wants to provide for them. Many Indonesian women pride themselves in being good mothers.
Although she is making much more money outside of her home country, issues still arise with abuse in many migrating host nations. There is undoubtedly torture, rape, and sexual assault that takes place in many of these places.
However, once she is paid for her work, remittances will be sent back to her home country to provide for her families well being. We learn that remittances help increase financial capability and development (Isaac 2014).
Once the money reaches the family, they will be able to afford basic needs, but also have enough to remodel the home or provide a good education for the children.
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