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Message from Chairperson NCSW on National Working Women's Day
Dec 22, 2010
The 22nd December has been declared National Working Women’s Day by the Prime Minister of Pakistan on 22nd December, 2010 in recognition of decade’s long struggle put up by working women to secure dignified, respectful and enabling working environment. The day is also celebrated to acknowledge the economic contributions made by working women to the country at large.
Pakistan is experiencing a rapid increase in the number of women joining its workforce. The National Commission on the Status of Women joins hands with the Government of Pakistan and other civil society organizations to felicitate the dynamic working women in Pakistan, who despite all kinds of hurdles and obstacles made their way into the mainstream society and are playing their economic roles more effectively and productively.
In public and private sector women are working as HR managers, Police Officers, CEOs, Directors, Business Executives, Journalists, Lawyers, and Fighter Pilots. Pakistan is the only Islamic country, which has given the top most slots in the areas of governance. The present PPP government has also shown its unswerving commitment and dedication to the cause of women by promulgating The ‘Protection against Harassment of Women at Workplace Bill 2009. It was a landmark move made by the present government to facilitate working women in Pakistan to work without fear of being harassed or discriminated. The National Implementation Watch Committee formed by Prime Minister from the Platform of NCSW ensured compliance with the Law. The strict monitoring done by NCSW watch committee has resulted in adoption of code of conduct and formation of committee by thousands of public and private sector organizations across the country.
Despite this phenomenal change in the socio economic status of women, there is still lot needs to be done. In Pakistan the women’s participation in formal work force is still low. 80 to 85 percent women work in informal sector as laborer and agriculture workers. These women workers are paid only half of what their male counterparts earn. Their economic interest needs to be secured by introducing policies and laws for them. We also need to acknowledge the rights and contributions of Home Based Workers on this occasion and bring in necessary legislation to secure their economic rights.
The working women face harsh conditions and face challenges like equal wages, glass ceiling effect, sexual harassment and other work-related concerns that need to be addressed at work place. Pakistan has ratified C-111 (Discrimination Convention, 1958) in 1961 and C-100 (Equal Remuneration Convention, 1951) in 2001.After ratification country has a legal obligation to comply with provisions & is monitored by ILO’s Committee on Application of Standards. There is immediate need to bring in necessary legislation and policies to in order to implement the conventions.
On this occasion, we also urge the Government of Pakistan to grant complete administrative and financial autonomy to the National Commission on Status of Women and implement the 10 percent quota for women in the government jobs. The process to review all discriminatory laws against women shall be reinitiated and re introducing pending laws regarding women will surely contribute to further empowerment and emancipation of women.