A Qualitative Assessment of Paid Employment and Empowerment of Women Tea Plantation Workers
This exploratory research uses a skills approach to determine the empowerment of female tea garden workers. Employers prefer women to pick tea leaves because they are more professional and less costly than men. This research is being carried out in Dholdoli, a tea estate in Sylhet. Empowerment is found to be positive in the majority of cases, according to this report. Apart from reviewing applicable literature and previous research papers, the study relies heavily on primary field data. The qualitative data for this analysis was gathered through an in-depth interview method of research. The tea garden has been carefully chosen. The study included a range of research participants, including employees, management staffs, employers, union representatives, consumers, and other local stakeholders, in order to collect qualitative data. The research will predominantly concentrate on in-depth interviewing strategies. The results indicate that the majority of respondents have power over their own income (including spending and saving), but since they are paid in limited amounts, they are unable to save much. They also articulate very clearly that they have a say in their child’s education, family planning, and other social and political issues. They can vote in their local panchayet or even national elections without the participation of a male family member. Female workers have some decision-making authority, but they are unable to monitor the situation and gain their rights. As a result, this study illustrates that women’s employment does not guarantee their full empowerment. Other social variables must be addressed in order to comprehend empowerment.
Author (s) Details
Department of Political Studies, Shahjalal University of Science and Technology, Bangladesh.
Zafrin Ahmed Liza
Department of Anthropology, Shahjalal University of Science and Technology, Bangladesh.
Department of Sociology, Shahjalal University of Science and Technology, Bangladesh.
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