THE WOMEN AT WORK: SUPPORT EXTENDED BY CO-MALE WORKERS TO THE FEMALE WORKERS - A STUDY BASED ON THE EASTERN UNIVERSITY, SRI LANKA
Women are usually not given prominent places, mainly in the working environment, especially in the South Asian context. However, women have to play dual role in the social context, viz, a homemaker and an employee. She has to earn not only to satisfy her own self, but also to meet the financial burden of the family; mainly in the poor, middle and upper-middle classes in the Asian context. The male counterpart in the working environment has a role to support their female counterparts both officially and personally. This research is done to check the support extended by the co-male workers to the female co-workers in their working environment, with special reference to the Eastern University, Sri Lanka. The findings of the research are interesting that most of the male workers extend their support to the female co-workers mainly in the personal needs. However, the support is limited in the official works due to many reasons such as promotional related matters. Also, the research found out another interesting thing is that most of the female workers do not like to ask for help – both officially and personally – to their “senior” co-male workers. The reason they give is to respect the seniors. This is typically a South Asian mentality which is explored in this research.
Support, Female Workers, Co-Male Workers, Working Environment, Official, Personal