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Theme: Informal Economy
Region(s): Pakistan ; South Asia
Pakistan Mastering the world of waste. Dawn . (20 March 2017)
By Ahmed, Kulsum.

However, we need to include recycling as part of the official system. Sao Paulo state, Brazil, has been actively working to bring these informal waste pickers into the system through cooperatives.

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.

By Datta, Anil.

The Pakistan Institute of Labour Education and Research (Piler) and HomeNet Pakistan, an association of home-based women workers, have demanded immediate implementation of the policy paper on home-based workers, saying the paper was supposed to be out by the end of December 2016, but to date it has not yet seen the light of the day.

Pakistan Tribute to women workers The Nation Pakistan . (8 March 2017)

HomeNet Pakistan Executive director Umme Laila said that through purposeful collaboration, we can help women advance and unleash the limitless potential offered to economies the world over.

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.

By Khaskheli, Sawan.

Rag-pickers whose livelihood is dependent on recycling factories are facing hardships across the province after a ban and the sealing of recycling and cardboard factories by the Sindh Environmental Protection Agency (Sepa).

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.”

Pakistan LHC orders Punjab to formulate policy on domestic workers. The News . (25 January 2017)

Pleading a public interest petition, Advocate Sheraz Zaka argued that Punjab Restriction on Employment of Children Act 2016 solely applies on children working in industrial establishments whereas there was no policy/regulation for children working in domestic household work.

Pakistan Abuse of domestic workers a norm in capital. The Nation . (22 January 2017)
By Shafqat Khan, Maha.

According to an ILO study (2004), there were 264,000 child domestic workers in Pakistan. This number rapidly increased and in 2012 they reported an estimated 12 million child labourers, 8.5 million of which were female, but a significant number of boys were also exposed to similar jobs.