LAHORE: Sex and gender-desegregated data is lacking, in general, and thus impacts negatively on women's status. Therefore, there is a need to ensure free and mandatory registration of all labour (women and men) in all the non-formal sectors of the economy, said Women Rights Commission Chairperson Mahnaz Rafi.
She was speaking in a meeting held on Monday in connection with Labour Day marked across the world on Tuesday (today).
Aurat Foundation Resident Editor Mumtaz Mughal urged to develop new definitions and standards of economic indicators in order to accord greater visibility of "invisible work force" and to complete the gaps and weaknesses in statistical records. She said that currently the majority of women who work as unpaid agricultural labour (family helpers), domestic workers and home-based workers (HBWs) in the non-formal and non- unionised labour sector contribution in agriculture is unrecognised, unpaid, underrated, and overlooked.
Published in The Express Tribune, May 1st, 2018.