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Theme: Informal Economy
Region(s): Pakistan ; South Asia
Pakistan Regularise home-based workers, register them with SESSI, EOBI The News Pakistan . (21 October 2017)

Home-based workers play a crucial role in the development of any national economy and it is necessary that their rights are accepted and protected in sincerity if Pakistan is to truly progress, said Zehra Khan, general secretary of the Home-Based Women Workers Federation (HBWWF), on Friday.

Pakistan Home based workers demanding Basic Rights Be Xpress . (21 October 2017)

The home-based workers are playing a crucial role in the economy and it is necessary that their rights be accepted for the progress of the country. On the South Asian home-based workers day, we demand the Sindh government that it should legislate for their rights and get them registered with social security and pension funds like other workers.”

Pakistan Workers demand decent work, adequate wages The Nation Pakistan . (8 October 2017)

Trade unionists took out a rally here on Saturday to mark International Decent Work Day. The rally was organised by National Trade Union Federation and Home Based Women Workers Federation on the appeal of Industrial Global Union.

Pakistan Factory workers demand efforts to safeguard labour rights The International News . (24 April 2017)

Marking the fourth anniversary of Rana Plaza disaster in Bangladesh that claimed lives of over 1,100 factory workers, labour support organisations and trade unions in Karachi organised a protest on Sunday in solidarity with the victims.

Pakistan CM lauded for approving HBW’s policy The Nation . (22 April 2017)

HomeNet Pakistan and home based workers of Punjab has welcomed the Punjab chief minster’s initiative to approve the HBW’s policy in provincial cabinet. The policy approval makes Punjab the second province in the country to legally recognise home-based workers. It is indeed a step forward toward the recognition of the home based workers of the province.


The Policy on Home Based Workers is intended to develop strategies, plans and programmes for the protection & promotion of rights and benefits of the Home Based Workers (HBWs). The goal of the policy is to recognise and accept the rights of the HBWs through legislative and administrative actions; accord legal equality; focus on their needs, concerns and demands through an institutional approach at all levels.

Pakistan Government's initiative to approve HBWs policy lauded Pakistan Today . (22 April 2017)

HomeNet Pakistan and home-based workers of Punjab have welcomed Punjab Chief Minster Shahbaz Sharif’s initiative to approve the HBWs policy in the Provincial Cabinet.

Pakistan Speakers stress provision of rights to home-based workers The Nation Pakistan . (17 March 2017)

Speaking at a one-day provincial conference on Home Based Workers (HBWs) on ‘Finalisation of the Implementation of Strategy for HBWs in Sindh,’, jointly organised by HomeNet Pakistan, Pakistan Institute of Labour Education and Research (PILER) and Oxfam at PILER Centre here on Thursday, they demanded the government to rectify the Convention C177 (Home  Work Convention, 1996).

By Zofeen, Ebrahim.

Zehra Khan has much to celebrate on International Women’s Day. It is exactly four months since members of the Home-Based Women Workers Federation (HBWWF) in Sindh province, Pakistan – of which Khan is secretary general – finally received legal recognition.The province’s chief minister, Syed Murad Ali Shah, signed a policy that means the region’s estimated 5 million home-based workers – the majority of whom are women – can register as workers and access benefits.

“It was an important day not only for the history of the labour movement in Sindh and Pakistan, but also for south Asia,” says Khan, whose federation has more than 4,500 members. “Once they are legally accepted as workers, they can be registered with the government-run social security institution, [and] be part of [the] workers’ welfare board to enjoy benefits like health, education and housing, as well as those offered after retirement,” she adds.
Almost 80% of an estimated 12 million Pakistani home-based workers are women. As well as unpaid domestic work, the women often spend up to 10 hours a day making garments, footwear, sports goods, and arts and crafts behind closed doors. Their work is often invisible to the rest of the world, despite having propped up the country’s informal economy for so long.

Pakistan Sales and craft exhibition of home-based workers kicks off Pakistan Today . (7 February 2017)

The products ranging from handmade pottery items to embroidered cloths of Haripur, wooden items from Chiniot, jewellery and accessories, decorative items prepared by the home-based workers were displayed at the exhibition.

Pakistan Certification course for home-based workers launched at IBA The News . (27 January 2017)

The programme will mark the beginning of a certificate programme designed especially for home-based women workers in Karachi and Quetta. “This program is an IBA AMAN CED’s humble effort towards facilitating Pakistani women to develop and foster an entrepreneurial mindset, enabling them to pursue entrepreneurial opportunities.”