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Study finds yawning gender pay gap, disparities in coastal fishing communities in Bangladesh November 23,2020   |  Source: UNB

A recent study has found that all of the women working in the coastal belt fisheries in Bangladesh are earning lower wages than their male counterparts.

They also lack empowerment, with very low participation in decision-making processes even at home.

The finding on the gender pay gap - the average difference between remunerations for men and women who are working, usually found to favour men - jars with a UN report earlier this year, which said that Bangladesh had the lowest such gap in the world.

In fact, it said the gap in Bangladesh extended the other way, as Bangladesh was said to be the only country in the world, where the factor-weighted hourly wage gender pay gap is positive, i.e. in favour of women.

The COAST Trust, a national NGO, conducted the special study by collecting data from 1,200 fisher families in six unions under four Upazilas of 3 coastal districts: Cox's Bazar, Bhola, and Bagerhat.

The study finding was disclosed at a programme organised by the Coast trust at CIRDAP Auditorium in the city on Sunday,

Deputy Executive Director of the Coast Trust Sanat Kumar Bhowmik moderated the event while Mustafa Kamal Akanda, director of the organization delivered a welcome speech and Md. Mujibul Haque Munir, joint director, presented the keynote

 

© United News of Bangladesh (UNB)

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