Karachi: HomeNet Pakistan Executive Director Ume Laila Azhar demanded on Thursday that home-based workers should be prioritized within poverty alleviation and women’s empowerment initiatives and national and provincial government programs as majority of them are women, as their economic activities contribute significantly to their family income security and the economy.
She said this in event title “Awareness-raising and policy advocacy on women’s rights and labor laws for women workers”, funded by USAID under Gender Equity Program (GEP) of Aurat Foundation at HomeNet office. She said prioritization of women will determine the minimum wages for domestic workers (DWs).
Laila thanked USAID for its support that enabled HomeNet to highlight the issues faced by home-based women workers.
Representative of women development department Sindh Musrat said that the department had drafted a policy and law for HBWs and forwarded it to the Sindh Assembly for approval. Besides this, she said that women development is working for women workers belonging to all sectors of life so that they could be given acess to rights.
Aurat Foundation Karachi Regional Director Mahnaz Rehman, while explaining the objectives of GEP, told the audience that the initiative is aimed at increasing women’s access to justice, empowerment of women at home and workplace, combating gender-based violence and building capacities of civil society organizations (CSOs) working for women’s rights.
Representatives from NOW communities demanded that ILO conventions 189 and 177 be ratified. It is the time to ensure the extension of workers welfare board to informal sector workers, and inclusion of women workers on the board to ascertain their voice especially in context to formulation of policies and implementation.