ISBN: 978 984 05 1761 9

Cover Type: HB

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Engendering Garment Industry: The Bangladesh Context

By Pratima Paul Majumder (Author) Anwara Begum (Author)

Publisher(s): The University Press Limited (UPL)   

First Published: 2006 No. of Pages: 174 Weight (kg): 0.5

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Readymade Garment (RMG) Industry occupies a dominant position in the export manufacturing sector of Bangladesh. Most of the workers employed in this industry are women, mainly to exploit the comparative advantages they provide in terms of cheap labour, low bargaining power and their docility etc. It follows that there will be substantial gender differentiated socio-economic impacts in this export oriented manufacturing sector. The main objective of this book is to identify these gender differentiated socio-economic impacts and to measure the extent to which these impacts on garment industry in Bangladesh. The analysis in this book is based on the findings of a number of survey conducted by BIDS. It finds women's employment in the export oriented garment industry of Bangladesh has narrowed down the gender gap in many spheres like employment, income, social prestige, control over income, decision making etc. At the same time women's employment widens the gender gap in other spheres such as health, social security etc. Tension and ambivalence are also more prevalent among female workers than among the male workers. It also finds that occupational segregation and gender discrimination in wage rates was wide. Women cannot reap the full potential of their employment if these gender imbalances are not addressed. Most of the policy recommendations in this study aim at eliminating or minimising the gender imbalances arising from women employment in the export oriented garment industries.

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