Keywords: construction industry, gender discrimination, wage gap, urbanisation, masculine work, feminine work, Bangladesh, gender pay gap, gender bias, women, gender stereotypes, female workers, career opportunities, inequality
Gender discrimination in the construction industry of Bangladesh
The construction industry in Bangladesh exhibits gender biases in many respects and for many reasons. Construction work requires physically strong labourers and that is why it is referred to as masculine work. Women construction workers are considered 'weak labour' in this sector. They are also regarded as unskilled, cheap, available and flexible labour. As a result of these gender stereotypes, women workers in Bangladesh's construction industry are appointed to do simple tasks requiring the least skill, and in addition, as this sector does not offer them equal career opportunities, they also receive unequal pay.