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Study highlights struggles of women workers in agriculture sector

A study titled “Working Women in Agriculture” said that 92 per cent of women workers in the agricultural industry receive income less than the minimum wage, while 100 per cent of the respondents to the study are not subscribed to social security and do not have any health insurance. 

The study is conducted by SADAQA, a Jordanian NGO working towards a women friendly work environment, highlights the conditions of women workers in the farming sector, and documents their experiences and challenges in using public transportation to and from their workplaces. 

“Around 86 per cent of the respondents had a vehicle accident while moving to and from their workplace,” according to the study. 

The study is based on quantitative and qualitative methodology, targeting 83 women to gather relevant information, and was conducted from June to July of 2020, according to SADAQA.

Women face many challenges in the farming sector, the most significant of which are the absence of criteria for decent work in terms of wages and working hours, in addition to the absence of social and health protection, and the multiplicity of women’s domestic responsibilities that men do not participate in, the study observed.