65% fisher-women victim of different sorts of violence: Study

65% fisher-women victim of different sorts of violence: Study

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Dhaka, Nov 22:  A recent study conducted by COAST Trust finds that all the women workers of the coastal fisheries are getting lower wages compared to their male counterparts.

Women members of the coastal fisheries are also lack of empowerment, especially their participation in the decision-making process.

The COAST Trust has conducted a special study on fishing women by collecting data from 1,200 women fisher families in six unions under four Upazilas of the three coastal districts –Cox’s Bazar, Bhola, and Bagerhat.

COAST Trust organized an event titled “COAST Study finds Coastal Women Fishers are Suffering from ‘Pay Discrimination’ : Women are excluded from Decision Making Process at Home and Society 65% Women are Victim of Sorts of Violence” about the findings of the study at city’s CIRDAP Auditorium.

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

Among others,  Aminur Rasul Babul, A. S. M Badrul Alam, Ferdous Ara Rumee, Shahidul Alam Faruk, H.M.Hasan Al Mamun, Tasnuba Jaman and Shamim Ara also spoke in the event.

A number of recommendations were made at the seminar, namely: to formulate special policies to identify the contribution of women in the fisheries sector, to involve women members of fishing families in economic activities, to ensure women’s participation in various fisheries programs, and to implement labor policies for fishermen and to issue ID card for women fishers.