Equality remains a far cry for some women

  • A woman works in the Jazira brickfield in Keraniganj. Many others like her pass their days toiling in the field without expecting much in the way of apppreciation. The concept of International Women’s Day is alien to them. Photo: Mahmud Zaman Ovi

    A woman works in the Jazira brickfield in Keraniganj. Many others like her pass their days toiling in the field without expecting much in the way of apppreciation. The concept of International Women’s Day is alien to them. Photo: Mahmud Zaman Ovi

  • Hena and Nurjahan work in a brickfield for an entire day in return for a measly Tk 100. The workload is equal to their male colleagues, but the wage is not. They get paid less than half of what the men receive. Photo: Mahmud Zaman Ovi

    Hena and Nurjahan work in a brickfield for an entire day in return for a measly Tk 100. The workload is equal to their male colleagues, but the wage is not. They get paid less than half of what the men receive. Photo: Mahmud Zaman Ovi

  • For women, working in a brickfield does not yield the return their toils merit. In the circumstances, these women labourers can never think about receiving any appreciation for their efforts. Hena says she is happy enough just to get a proper wage. Photo: Mahmud Zaman Ovi

    For women, working in a brickfield does not yield the return their toils merit. In the circumstances, these women labourers can never think about receiving any appreciation for their efforts. Hena says she is happy enough just to get a proper wage. Photo: Mahmud Zaman Ovi

  • Hena works in the Jazira brickfield. Her son plays nearby. As she works for the entire year, she does not get time to visit her village home in Barishal. They live in a rented house next to the brickfield. Photo: Mahmud Zaman Ovi

    Hena works in the Jazira brickfield. Her son plays nearby. As she works for the entire year, she does not get time to visit her village home in Barishal. They live in a rented house next to the brickfield. Photo: Mahmud Zaman Ovi

  • Come rain or shine, women like Hena and Nurjahan start their struggle under the open sky when the day breaks. They have to work from dawn to dusk in the brickfield to ensure a livelihood. Photo: Mahmud Zaman Ovi

    Come rain or shine, women like Hena and Nurjahan start their struggle under the open sky when the day breaks. They have to work from dawn to dusk in the brickfield to ensure a livelihood. Photo: Mahmud Zaman Ovi

  • Hena works in the Jazira brickfield. Her son plays nearby. As she works for the entire year, she does not get time to visit her village home in Barishal. They live in a rented house next to the brickfield. Photo: Mahmud Zaman Ovi

    Hena works in the Jazira brickfield. Her son plays nearby. As she works for the entire year, she does not get time to visit her village home in Barishal. They live in a rented house next to the brickfield. Photo: Mahmud Zaman Ovi

  • These work from morning to evening in the brickfield. They get paid Tk 100 for a day's work but no meals are provided. The wage allows them to get food and for some workers, it helps keep their families fed. Photo: Mahmud Zaman Ovi

    These work from morning to evening in the brickfield. They get paid Tk 100 for a day's work but no meals are provided. The wage allows them to get food and for some workers, it helps keep their families fed. Photo: Mahmud Zaman Ovi

  • Come rain or shine, women like Hena and Nurjahan start their struggle under the open sky when the day breaks. They have to work from dawn to dusk in the brickfield to ensure a livelihood. Photo: Mahmud Zaman Ovi

    Come rain or shine, women like Hena and Nurjahan start their struggle under the open sky when the day breaks. They have to work from dawn to dusk in the brickfield to ensure a livelihood. Photo: Mahmud Zaman Ovi