The automation of manufacturing reduced the female workers’ participation ratio in the garment sector to 60.8 per cent in 2016 from 64 per cent in 2015, according to a study by the private think-tank Centre for Policy Dialogue. The deceleration of female workers’ participation meant the ratio of male workers is on the rise because the factory owners think female workers are not able to handle modern machineries properly, said Khondaker Golam Moazzem, Research Director of the CPD. In 2015, the female to male workers’ participation ratio was 64:36, but it has now declined to 60.8: 39.2, according to Moazzem.