Committee to ensure implementation

Published: July 6, 2010

Participants of the first meeting on the ‘Protection Against Harassment of Women at the Workplace Act 2010’ were informed that approximately 40 federal ministries and departments had incorporated the Code of Conduct for women in their policies as prescribed by the act .

A Watch Committee for Women was established to monitor the implementation of the act signed by President Asif Ali Zardari on March 9, this year. The Watch Committee was constituted under the National Commission on the Status of Women (NCSW).

The workplace protection act requires all registered private and government institutions to form an inquiry committee which will take note of complaints from women within those organisations.

Speaking on the occasion, Jamil Yousaf, a member of the NCSW shared an incident that took place at a multinational company. “Female employees kept resigning without giving adequate reasons. When the matter was investigated it was brought to our attention that the CEO of that company was sending female employees inappropriate emails, forcing them to resign.”

Dr Fouzia Saeed, chairman of the Watch Committee and member of the NSCW, informed participants that the committee is trying to make sure that all registered public and private organisations follow the Code of Conduct as prescribed by the act. She added that for the implementation of the law at the provincial level, the federal government had issued notices to the chief secretaries and as far as the private sector is concerned, the law would initially be implemented through the Chambers of Commerce.

“The implementation of this act will be difficult because in order to make this work, the mindsets of our people, both men and women, will need to be changed,” she said.

Published in The Express Tribune, July 6th, 2010.

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Reader Comments (8)

  • Shaheen Anwar Khan
    Jul 6, 2010 - 5:11PM

    Great article by Ms Wasif! Good to See that finally something has been done by the Government to provide protection to the working female. About the incident mentioned in the article , i must say in majority of the organizations heads are the real culprits. I know some NGOs and other offices where the bosses try to use the girls and when they reject their offer, they are either thrown out or demoted. I wish this law should be implemented as soon as possible. All all such people should be send to jail.Recommend

  • SadafFayyaz
    Jul 6, 2010 - 8:24PM

    Good to see, something being implemented now..Recommend

  • Jul 6, 2010 - 9:04PM

    Dr Fouzia is doing an amazing job….Satute to her….I like her book Taboo…Recommend

  • Rabia Khalid
    Jul 6, 2010 - 10:41PM

    Once again very well written Ms Wasif. And good to know soething is really being done for the women in this country.Workplace harrassment is everywhere. But unfortunately the females due to fear and threats from culprits keep their mouth shut. I urge all the females to come forward and share their problems with this watch committee. The incident quoted in the article about that idiot boss is a good effort. It would be better if u would have mentioned his name too.
    Thats what your article always lacks in Sehrish. But please donot take my criticism as negetive.
    Cheers to all those girls who spoke their heart out and kicked such boss out from the office.
    But i sincerly pray that the law should be implemented as soon as possible in Pakistan.Recommend

  • Ahmed Ali
    Jul 7, 2010 - 10:38AM

    Hey i also know one such CEO but do not know where to register his complaint. How i can approach this Watch Commiittee? Can Tribune help me or the author?
    The CEO is harrassing the girls. But the strange thing is that he doesnot hire the girls for his organization but ask then to join it and then he sk them to work according to his wishes (which is obviously not acceptable to majority of decent girls) so they resign.
    I know some girls who became victim of his brutial wishes.
    Please guide me Tribune or Ms Wasif how i can approach this Watch Commiittee. It will be a great support.!Recommend

  • a reader
    Jul 7, 2010 - 2:47PM

    Am really very fond of Miss Sehrish Articles,she always highlight the issues which need an immense protocal..can be article on breast cancer awareness,Trauma Centre Of PIMS or Reading Books.

    This article is a sequal of her article in which she highlighted the aforementioned issue,and am glad that her efforts are not gone waste and the Watch Committee is taking some action.

    There are not just organizations but even NGO’s who start their name in good faith not to forget the NGO in G.7 run by a local singer who has a label at his workplace” Only FEMALES ARE ENCOURAGED TO APPLY”..they are not only used for donations but are harrassed as well.

    Prompt action must be taken against such evils.Promise protection to the females who want to come forward and unveil these culprits.We hope that Tribune and Miss Wasif alongwith The Watch Committee will give some good news in the coming days.

    A readerRecommend

  • Maha Abrar
    Jul 7, 2010 - 3:07PM

    Really good article by Sehrish,keep it upRecommend

  • M Arshad
    Jul 8, 2010 - 11:19AM

    Thats so true. Every a large number of our duagthers and sisters become victim of such evils, but due to the society , fear and threaths they keep their mouth shut. I hope this Act will be implemented soon and give voice as well as courage to these females to make their voice heard.AmeenRecommend

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