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New law to protect working women

ISLAMABAD: The Parliamentarians Commission for Human Rights (PCHR) has decided to introduce in parliament a new bill ensuring the protection of rights of working women in the country.

The proposed bill will address various issues of working women including discrimination in wages, harassment at workplace, uncomfortable working environment and other issues. The proposed bill would be drafted in light of the provisions of the International Labour Organisation (ILO) conventions C-100 (regarding unequal wages), C III (abolish all forms of discrimination at workplace) and recommendations of consultative seminars, organised by the PCHR in collaboration with ILO. This decision was taken at a meeting of the PCHR’s steering committee held on Monday.

“The work is going on. We are getting feedback from all stakeholders and very soon it will be presented in parliament,” Riaz Fatyana told Daily Times after the meeting. The meeting also discussed various other human rights issues and current activities of the commission. The members showed concern over the lack of a supportive environment for working women. They approved plans of new projects to be executed by the commission. The PCHR will also start a nationwide consultative activity on ‘The status of Minorities in Pakistan, Issues, Challenges and the Way Forward’.

Leading minority rights organisations, human rights groups, judicial institutions, law-enforcement agencies and other stakeholders will be involved. The meeting resented the poor working of law-enforcement agencies particularly the increasing number of police torture reports. The members asked the bureaucracy to treat people without discrimination. staff report

Source: Daily Times


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