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94% Women Construction Workers Get Affected By Rising Air Pollution But Don’t Speak Up In Fear Of Losing Jobs: Study

May 24, 2022 | by Kinjal Panchal

Women are the marginalised section in every sphere of life. Be it population-wise, in a workplace or be it in the labour class community. We get to see so many women even at construction sites these days. We see them working with their children tied to their backs or their toddlers tailing them everywhere they go. They have to live in pretty harsh conditions but they cannot even complain about any of the issues because they have no other means to earn their livelihood. A new study has revealed that around 94 per cent of women have said that they do not raise their voices against air pollution for the fear of losing their jobs.

As per reports, a whopping 94 per cent of women working in construction have said in a new survey that they do not protest against the negative effects of air pollution because they fear they will lose their jobs. Purpose India and Mahila Housing Trust (MHT) along with women workers at construction sites from the Bakkarwala, Gokulpuri and Sawda Ghevra areas in Delhi came together to make them aware of the impacts of air pollution.

 

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390 women construction workers were surveyed for this study. These women were 36 years and above of age and were mostly either illiterate or had very little education. Of these women, around 85 per cent of women have said that human health is negatively affected due to air pollution whereas 75 per cent of women have said that they feel ‘uncomfortable or sick’ when the quality of the air is bad.

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90 per cent of women have said that the government should provide better public transport so that privileged people do not have to commute using their private vehicles.

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