ISLAMABAD: As per the findings of a survey conducted by the Working Women’s Alliance, around 60 per cent of the workplaces in the federal capital do not fully and effectively implement labour laws, the worst sufferers of which are working women. While a significant number of women suffer due to non-implementation of laws, even more women, primarily working in the industrial or production units, are not even aware of these laws.
As non-compliance with labour laws varies from non-availability of day-care facilities to improper washroom and sanitation facilities and most importantly legal protection against workplace harassment, workers are often forced to work in unsafe and hazardous workplace conditions.
Women’s engagement and contribution in socioeconomic activities contribute to a sizeable share of development and prosperity, the benefits of which are yet to be reaped in Pakistan. However, this can be changed if more pro-women initiatives are put into effect and women are facilitated at their workplaces.
Published in The Express Tribune, March 8th, 2018.