Fish drying makes coastal women self-reliant

9 February, 2019 12:00 AM printer

Noor Banu, a 50-year-old woman, has achieved solvency by working at “Shutki Palli” (dried fish village) in Cox’s Bazar alongside maintaining her family, reports BSS.

Not only Noor Banu, many other women like her are earning their livelihood by working at Nazirartek Shutki Palli in this coastal strip.

Concerned people said a huge number of women have become self-reliant by working shoulder-to-shoulder with men in what is known as “Shutki Palli”.

Nazirartek Shutki Palli has been established on about 500 acres of land on the bank of sea, five kilometres away from Cox’s Bazar tourist town. Nearly 40,000 workers, mostly females, are working in the Shutki Palli and they do all works from drying fish to packaging.

Noor Banu of Samity Para in Cox’s Bazar town is one of the workers. She runs her family with the husband, two daughters and a disabled son. Her husbands sells various kinds of toys in the sea beach. After finishing family works, she gives time to the Shutki Palli.

Talking to this correspondent, Noor Banu said she started work in the Shutki Palli four years back to help her husband. At the beginning, she used to receive Taka 150 as the daily wages, which now increased to Taka 250. “My work starts from the dawn and continues till the sunset. But I’m very much happy for playing a role in earning money for our family,” she said.


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