Social uplift: Home-based workers demand rights

"In the absence of a policy framework, home-based workers were exploited by the middle man," says Dr Naveeda Shoaib.

October 22, 2012

LAHORE: Home-based workers have demanded that the Punjab government announce a policy for the protection of their rights. Thousands of women and men are working in home-based units in professions like shoe-making, embroidery, stitching, artificial jewellery, electrical gadgets, garments, pottery and candle-making, without having any social protection and legal shelter to their rights. Sarsabz Foundation Pakistan Executive Director Dr Naveeda Shoaib said this while talking to the media here on Sunday. She said that in the absence of a policy framework, home-based workers, especially women, were exploited by the middle man. She said these workers were playing an important role in the economy and could play a key role in poverty alleviation.

Published in The Express Tribune, October 22nd,  2012.


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