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Issue No.48
  • :0973-1156
  • :March
  • :2015

March 8, or International Women’s Day, is an occasion for women across the world to gather in solidarity to mark women’s ongoing struggles for equality, freedom, dignity and a violence-free life. For more than a hundred years, ever since the historic protests of New York’s garment workers forced the commemoration of this important day, March 8 has also been an occasion for women on their long road to freedom to take collective stock of gains made and setbacks suffered, and to plan ahead. As examples from across the world in this issue of Yemaya illustrate, so it is in the case of women in fishing and coastal communities, whose lives are a daily testament to the spirit of struggle and resilience underlying International Women’s Day.

South America / Chile

Equal Work, Unequal Pay

A research study reveals that increasing numbers of women are joining Chile’s lucrative salmon industry, doing the same jobs as men but for less pay

By Eduardo Ramírez Vera (, Centro Latinoamericano para el Desarrollo Rural (Latin American Centre for Rural Development), RIMISP

Developing countries like Chile generally have lower labour participation rates for women as compared to developed economies. Women’s restricted participation in the labour market is a major reason for low household incomes. Furthermore, when women do secure employment, their incomes are in general lower than for men. This is true also for men and women working in the Chilean export manufacturing sector.

Labour economists have used different factors to explain the decisions of women to participate in the labour force. These include education and experience, the opportunity cost of not taking up employment, income of other salaried workers in the household, the existence of taxes and subsidies, the presence of children in the household, and the family. In addition, factors affecting access

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