Equality and discrimination in Pakistan

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If women and men had a chance to be more productive and increase their earnings through better quality jobs, poverty and employment vulnerability in the country would decline. This is why equal access to decent work and productive employment for women and men is essential as a sustainable way out of poverty and therefore, to meet the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

The DWCP (2016-20) aims at creating equal employment opportunities for youth and disadvantaged- women and men- through inclusive and gender responsive skills, employment and enterprise development programmes. It promotes tools for gender responsive value chain analysis, and improves the quality and quantity of women’s participation in agricultural value chain.

Within the DWCP-III framework, the ILO is working with its constituents and stakeholders including sister UN agencies, International CSOs, Academia and research organizations to facilitate further implement the existing legislation around promotion of gender equality and non-discrimination, addressing Sexual Harassment at the Workplace and eradicate Gender Based Violence. A number of IEC materials were made available with the support of ILO CO to raise awareness on CO100, C111, C190 and national laws around gender equality and protection of workers form violence and sexual harassment at the workplace.

Key resources

  1. Website and complaint registration system for Federal Ombudsman Secretariat for Protection Against Harassment (FOSPAH)

    The website and complaint registration system was developed with the financial support of the ILO under ILO’s GE4DE project funded by DFATD, Canada.

  2. Case Study 7.1 Employers in Pakistan committed to implement Protection against Harassment of Women at Workplace Act 2010

    With ILO’s support, the EFP organized a series of seminars and trainings to facilitate further implementation of Protection against Harassment of Women at Workplace Act 2010.

  3. UN reforms and OP-III

    ILO is leading a group comprising UNICEF, UNDP, UN Women and GIZ, to implement the UN-wide approach of “Social Protection Floor” in Khyber Paktunkhwa. ILO is also working with the existing social security institutions to improve their services for formal sector workers and expand to informal economy workers.

  4. One UN Programme

    ILO is part of UN reform process in Pakistan since 2006-7 and remained part of OP-I, OP-II and is part of OP-III

  5. Discrimination in the workplace, Q&A

    03 December 2007

  6. Discrimination, international action

    03 December 2007

  7. Discrimination at Work in Asia

    03 May 2007