CALLISON Pine Pacific Chemicals Limited has granted women in Seaqaqa, Macuata the opportunity to work with men in collecting pine resin.
This is all part of the company's effort to provide employment opportunities to the locals and also promote gender equality.
Company CEO Semi Lotawa yesterday said women made up to 15 per cent of their workforce while 60 per cent were youths and the rest were middle-aged men and adults.
"We have decided to include women in our workforce where they are tasked to collect pine resins only," Mr Lotawa said.
"There are others who do administration work.
"We don't want to discriminate against women, we want to include them in the workforce to promote gender equality.
"The company started work last year with only men working in the forests, tapping pine trees and collecting resin but now it's only proper that we also include women."
So far 600 people have been employed by the company.