Occupational health and role of gender: A study in informal sector fisheries of Udupi, India

Pooja Tripathi, Ramachandra Kamath, Rajnarayan Tiwari

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Abstract

Background: Fisherwomen are informal sector workers involved in post-harvest operations and are mostly engaged in peeling, trading, and processing of fish. High degree of wage disparity and gender inequalities results in different socioeconomic status of fisherwomen and fishermen. This study aimed to identify gender issues and their effect on the health status of fisherwomen. Materials and Methods: The present cross-sectional included 171 fishermen and fisherwomen. Interview technique was used to collect information using a predesigned proforma. Data was analyzed using SPSS Version 15.0. Results: Fifty-five percent of the participants complained of work-related health problems. A total of 63.9% of women had occupational health problems compared to 48.5% of the men (P < 0.05). Merely 1.2% of participants used any protective equipment. None of the workers reported receiving any kind of benefits at their workplace. A total of 53.8% were paid on piece-rate basis. Conclusion: This study identified many occupational and gender issues in the informal sector.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)45-50
Number of pages6
JournalIndian Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine
Volume21
Issue number2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 01-05-2017
Externally publishedYes

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  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health

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