Discriminating Women at Workplaces

Posted on February 14, 2010 in Specials

Sharon Panackal:

Gender based discriminations are undeniably prevalent in the current society, across the world.

Despite having equal education, work experience and other qualifications women are neither considered equal to men, nor given equal opportunities. This is followed by the persistent preferences for men in job interviews, payments, trainings and promotions.

People have a common idea that women usually quit their careers once they get married and have children; while men carry on their job regardless of their age or any kind of personal troubles. In that case the company will not have to bear the loss of recruiting a new staff if the previously appointed staff is a male. But, from the usual household works to the area like garment factories and construction sites, a good number of arduously working elderly women are calling the shots. About 10% of the construction site workers in US and 8.5% in Asia are women, who work either until they lose their job or they become old and are unable to carry on their jobs with wrinkled skin and poor eye sight.

Liliana Acero, Director of Centro de Investigaciones Sociales, mentions in one of her scripts about the unvarying significance of participation of women in the textile industries of Brazil and Argentina. Compared to men, they worked in the labour market even in their sixties, with the monotonous and uncertain profession with greater working hours and bare minimum amount of money they were paid.

In accordance with one of the weekly pages of the Communist party of India, more than a hundred million women works in the nation, among which above 95% are in unauthorized sectors. They do not have any guarantee for having their job there in future. With the availability of new technologies including weapons and other kinds of machines, women are often replaced by men in their workplace. Even in the authorized sector, mainly in airways, the authority itself takes initiative to send off the female worker, once her good look starts to fade; and her sufferings in her workplaces never stop happening.

Women are often not provided with private rest rooms or dining places or even a secure place to keep their infant. These cause them a lot of anxiety and mental stress. Away from these, women, in workplace, face sexual harassment as well. No matter where they work or how much they are paid, women are still subjects to the covert and embarrassing jokes of their co-workers.

In addition, working continuously in places like garment factories and construction sites results in headaches, back pain, high blood pressure, mental stress and anemia due to the unbalanced diet, irregular intake of food and restrictions from taking short breaks in between. Usually they are not given sufficient days for maternal leave; even if they are, their salary is generally deducted.

Whereas males, being allowed enough breaks, not feeling the need for private urinals and being guaranteed job security, find pleasure in affronting their colleagues and getting a satisfying payment.

Though there are existing laws that promote equality among men and women in the workplace, the authority of the workplace seldom cares for the female worker’s concerns. When women are working equal hours or even more, are objective, patient and compassionate than men, companies who deny a woman employer are unknowingly facing an enormous loss within.

Despite the fact that women are coming to the forefront of different services, people still consider her wages as something unimportant, but bonus to the family.

Although women in workplace have been an exciting topic for thoughts and discussions, unless people destroy the image of putting women and household works together, women are not going to find a level equal to men.