The Sindh Assembly on Wednesday unanimously adopted a resolution pertaining to the protection of rights
of home-based women workers and recommended that a campaign be launched
at the union council level to register such women to make them empower.
It is significant milestone in the right track for the formulation of law on home-based women workers after the passage of 18th Constitutional Amendment which gives power to the federating units (Provinces) to make and amend labour laws.
Mrs. Taukeer Fatemah Bhutto, Provincial Minister for Women Development
supported by other female members of the Assembly moved the resolution
and after detail discussion Deputy Speaker Shehla Raza put the
resolution to vote and it was passed unanimously. Today’s newspapers
highlight the news prominently.
The passed resolution dedicated that to fulfillment the requirement of the
ILO Convention 177 and the CEDAW (Convention on the Elimination of
Discrimination Against Women) and recommended to the Government to take
immediate & proactive steps for the empowerment of 8.52 million Home
Based workers in Pakistan. To recognize the Home based Workers in
different categories of labour laws and in the allocation of funds for
their betterment. It is also recommended that a campaign at the Union Council level be started to register the HBW. Protection of rights, non- discrimination at work place, elimination of child labour as well as bounded labour, fixation of minimum wages
and working hours are needed to be resolved immediately. Facilities of
literacy, skill training should be encouraged to enhance their abilities
and provide health and legal cover. Maximum efforts should be made to
improve the life and working conditions of the Home Based Workers.
Mr. Nasir Mansoor, Deputy General Secretary National Trade Union Federation
and I met with Madam Minister today and congratulate her to put forward
the resolution and to initiate the process for the legislation. We also
met officials of the Provincial Labour Ministry and discus how to work
jointly for the legislation in accordance with the Assembly resolution.
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