Women-farmers work more but paid less
Women-farmers spend more time and receive lower wage than their male counterparts, a statement from Philippine Rice Research Institute (PhilRice) showed.
This fact is being highlighted at a PhilRice exhibit in Maligaya, Science City of Muñoz, Nueva Ecija in celebration of the Women’s Month this March.
In the exhibit titled, “The Land Nurturers,” photo stories show that women outnumber the men by 2 percent during planting season. They also spend two days more than the men in harvesting and about three days more in drying the rice grain.
Diadem B. Gonzales-Esmero, PhilRice Gender and Development focal person, said the exhibit aims to increase awareness on the conditions of the women-farmers.
“The contributions of women in rice farming are not noteworthy, but their issues are not given much attention. Other than working hours and wage, we also learned that they also have the least access to some services. These are based on data we gathered from three international and national studies and integrated the results in this art and photo exhibit,” she elaborated.
Despite equal work, a study on cross-country showed that hired farm labor and wage differences showed that women-farmers earn less than the men by around P108 a day. In Nueva Ecija, the women-farmers’ wage is around P50 less than the men during crop establishment and P216 during threshing.
Launched in March 5 and installed at PhilRice main building, the exhibit is open to the public until April 6. PhilRice Gender and Development Focal Point System spearheads the exhibit program.