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Theme: Informal Economy
Region(s): Pakistan ; South Asia
Pakistan Sindh approves policy to regularise home-based workers. The News . (17 January 2017)

Bill soon to be drafted and tabled in the assembly would legally secure five million workers, mostly women. Labour organisations’ decades-long arduous struggle finally seems to have borne fruit as the Sindh government has approved a policy for official recognition of the country's around five million women home-based workers as formal labour entitled to all legal benefits.

Pakistan Violence against child labourers flayed Nation . (6 January 2017)

HomeNet Pakistan and civil society organisations condemned increasing incidents of violence against child domestic labourers in major cities including Lahore and Islamabad.

Pakistan Social security for home-based women workers demanded. Dawn . (25 December 2016)
By Baloch, Saher.

Home-based women workers from different parts of the city have demanded that they be included in the social security net after the chief minister finally approved a policy on recognising their rights.

Pakistan Call to recognise domestic workers as labourers. The International News . (24 December 2016)

Women, girls and boys among 8.5 million people are engaged with domestic work in Pakistan but they are not recognised as labourers; therefore, they are vulnerable to exploitation in the market.

Pakistan PM urged to announce textile package The News . (12 November 2016)

All Pakistan Textile Mills Association (Aptma) Central Chairman Amir Fayyaz has appealed the prime minister to announce the agreed textile package to build on the advantage of stable macroeconomic indicators.

Pakistan HomeNet hails govt for protecting HBWs rights The Frontier Post . (11 November 2016)

HomeNet Pakistan is highly thankful and acknowledges the remarkable efforts of Sindh Government in taking lead for protecting HBWs rights, Cheif Minister Sindh has approved Policy of HBWs in Sindh on Friday.

Pakistan Women decry pending policy regarding home-based workers. Express Tribune . (21 October 2016)

Raising red flags high in the air, hundreds of women demanded the Sindh goverment to approve the Home Based Women Workers Federation's (HBWWF) policy that has been pending fo three years.

Pakistan Govt inaction compounding plight of home-based workers The News . (21 October 2016)

With the government yet to act on promises to announce a formal policy for home-based workers, more than 12 million home-based workers of Pakistan, 80 percent of them women, still do not have any legal status in the country’s workforce.

Pakistan 12m home-based workers go without legal identity in Pakistan. Daily Times . (21 October 2016)

More than 12 million home-based workers in Pakistan , 80 percent of them women, do not have any legal identity as their status is not defined in the local labor laws; however, the government is yet to announce formal home-based policy to give legal cover and protection to these hapless workers, said the speakers of a protest demo here Thursday.

Pakistan Home-based women workers seek policy. Dawn . (20 October 2016)

The Home-Based Women Workers Federation (HBWWF) on Wednesday called for the implementation of the policy drafted by it in consultation with other relevant organisations for due rights of home-based workers.