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Theme: Informal Economy
Occupational Group(s): Home-Based Workers
Pakistan Provision of Equal Job Opportunities to Women Workers Lauded Business Recorder . (5 December 2011)

UN Country Programme Director from Islamabad says conditions of home-based women workers in Pakistan are gradually improving.

Pakistan Traders Threat Countrywide Rally Against Economic Crisis The Nation . (29 November 2011)

All Pakistan Trade Union Federation hold a protest rally at Lahore Press Club against economic crises in Railway, high inflation, worst law and order situation, anti-worker clauses in IRO 2011 and implementation of minimum wages. Dozens of workers participated in the rally.

Pakistan Violence Against Women Pakistan Observer . (29 November 2011)

Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Minister for Social Welfare, Sitara Ayaz said that government has established various vocational institutes for enabling females to share financial burden of their families. Government would soon present a Home Based Workers Bill for protection and safeguarding the rights of women working in homes

Pakistan Government Needs to Formulate Women Friendly Laws Business Recorder . (28 November 2011)

Provincial governments need to formulate policy rules for implementation of women friendly laws introduced in the country, opined participants of a consultative meeting organized by Sindh Women Development Department on Monday.

Pakistan Pakistan: Civil Society Holds Demonstration in Support of Women’s Rights Pakistan Christian Post . (28 November 2011)

Peace and Human Development (PHD Foundation), Association of Women for Awareness and Motivation (AWAM), Lyallpur Development Organization (LDO), CRC SPARC and Liaison for Enforcement of Human Rights (LEHR) jointly staged a demonstration titled “End Gender based Violence and Discrimination” to observe the international day for the elimination of violence against women on 23rd November 2011.

Pakistan APTUF Demands Govt Ensure Workers’ Rights Pakistan Today . (25 November 2011)

Pakistan Trade Union Federation (APTUF) on Thursday held a protest rally at the Lahore Press Club against high inflation, economic crises in Railway, lack of law and order, anti-worker clauses in the 2011 Industrial Relations Ordinance and implementation of minimum wages in which more than 100 workers from the formal and informal sectors participated.

Pakistan The Knowledge Factory: Nurturing an Artistic Streak The Express Tribune . (24 November 2011)
By Taha, Hani .

With the sudden explosion in the fashion and lifestyle niche on a retail level, one can see how every second woman, who is working from home, has also delved into these fields. It has become a joke in society that literally everyone is a ‘designer’ of some kind (the term being used rather loosely and often abused as well). But while we poke fun at these home-based designers, it is also a healthy sign that a whole new market has emerged from these home-based workers.

Pakistan 12 million Home-Based Workers in Country The Frontier Post . (24 November 2011)

There are about 12 million home-based workers in the country and 70 per cent of them are women.This was stated by the Sindh Labour Minister, Amir Nawab Khan, on Wednesday.He was presiding over a meeting pertaining to legislation regarding home-based workers.Executive Director of Homenet Pakistan, Umme Laila, Rubina Brohi of Aurat Foundation also attended the meeting.

Pakistan Empowering Women: Crafting Fashion The Express Tribune . (2 November 2011)
By Taha, Hani .

Heritage crafts have taken a sudden and much needed turn towards fashion. Whether it’s the collaboration of the government organistation Aik Hunar Aik Nagar (Ahan) with designer Sahar Atif and the subsequent exhibition at the PFDC Sunsilk Fashion Week last year, or the Saarc initiative Saarc Business Association of Home Based Workers (Sabah) portraying their recent collection at Nepal, those working for the revival of craft have understood the need to marry heritage with fashion to create a viable product. The Express Tribune speaks to Saad Khan, CEO of Sabah Pakistan, upon his return from a fashion showcase in Nepal about female empowerment through craft and its future in fashion.

Pakistan HBW Day: Home-Based Workers Await Their Dues The Express Tribune . (20 October 2011)
By Usman, Ali.

Organisations working for the rights of women and home-based workers are observing the first ever Home Based Workers Day on October 20 (today) in Pakistan, with an aim to get appropriate wages to millions of workers like Amina who are not registered with any government department in Pakistan.