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Theme: Informal Economy
Occupational Group(s): Home-Based Workers
Region(s): Pakistan ; Middle East & North Africa
Pakistan Call to establish provincial directorate for informal workers The News International . (1 July 2016)

Participants at a workshop demanded of the Sindh government to set up a directorate for informal workers to maintain information about the largely undocumented yet expansive workforce.  


This recommendation came up at the conclusion of a two-day workshop on Thursday held to help come up with the modalities for finalising a policy for home-based workers in the province. The event was organised by HomeNet Pakistan in collaboration with the provincial labour and human resource department and the International Labour Organization (ILO).

Pakistan United for a cause: Rights demanded for domestic labourers The Express Tribune . (21 June 2016)

Domestic workers must also be recognised as part of the formal workforce, said Rehana Yasmin of HomeNet Pakistan, adding that they should be granted social security and EOBI benefits.

Despite a convention recognising home based workers (HBWs) having been signed by the International Labour Organisation’s (ILO) general assembly on June 20, 1996, their silent contribution to the global economy was hardly ever paid attention to, observed civil society activists of Sunday.

Pakistan Call for providing rights to domestic workers under labour laws The International News . (18 June 2016)

Marking International Domestic Workers’ Day, leaders of labour and home-based workers organisations said on Friday that there were about 8.5 million domestic workers in Pakistan, most of them women and a significant portion of the country’s informal economy, but they were neither regulated nor covered by labour laws, making them vulnerable to all sorts of exploitation.

Pakistan Workers’ rights : Labourers demand ‘real’ raises The Express Tribune . (3 June 2016)

Labour unions have demanded the government set the minimum wage at Rs25,000 in the upcoming budget.


Participants at a seminar on the topic included representatives from the Home Based Women Workers Association.

Pakistan Handmade products of female home-based workers exhibited The International News . (30 May 2016)

Women artisans from all over the country displayed their handmade products at an exhibition and fashion show organised to promote the work of female home-based workers.

HomeNet Pakistan Executive Director Ume Laila Azhar gave a presentation on the status of home-based workers, their working conditions, and the need for legislation to cover them under labour laws and security cover.

Pakistan Home-based women workers demand social protection Daily Times . (2 May 2016)

Speakers at a convention organised on Sunday demanded social protection and recognition of rights of million of home-based women workers in Pakistan. A large number of home-based women workers and leaders of different workers unions and federations attended the convention arranged at Mubarak Centre, Faisalabad.

Pakistan Protest: Home-based workers demand legal cover The Express Tribune . (29 April 2016)

Dozens of home-based workers gathered in front of Lahore Press Club for the third time in as many weeks demanding that the government adopt a policy draft pledging legal rights for them.

Pakistan In Solidarity With Labourers! The News International . (25 April 2016)
By Shirazi, Maria.

In 2013-14 PILER initiated a project Mobilization for livelihood right in rural Sindh with aims to empower marginalized and vulnerable rural communities. This project basically aimed at women because the majority of rural workers, tenants, brick kiln workers and home based workers of districts Umerkot and Sanghar of rural Sindh are women.