Press releases

This is a list of official ILO press releases issued by the ILO Office in Pakistan. Some are available in Urdu and this is indicated on the top of each release. The most recent release is at the top.


  1. Rural cotton-picking women workers’ sensitised on Fundamental Principles and Rights at Work

    12 July 2021

    Six community level awareness-raising seminars on Fundamental Principles and Rights at Work (FPRW) were organized by the Sindh Agricultural & Forestry Workers Coordinating Organization (SAFWCO) in Sanghar, Sindh Province with the support of ILO's INDITEX funded project.

  2. Cotton growing communities sensitized on Fundamental Principles and Rights at Work

    03 July 2021

    Over 150 multi-stakeholders attended a seminar arranged by the Pakistan Workers Federation on 03 July 2021 in Bahawalpur, Punjab Province of Pakistan to celebrate World Day Against Child Labour 2021 under the theme “Act Now, End Child Labour”. The seminar was technically supported by the ILO Pakistan Office through its project on FPRW in the cotton supply chain funded by INDITEX.

  3. Ministry of Planning and ILO launch the National Social Protection Database

    28 June 2021

    The SDG Unit at Ministry of Planning, Development and Special Initiatives and the ILO have jointly organized a webinar on 17 June 2021 for the launch of the National SDG 1.3.1 database. The purpose of the webinar is to roll out the database across the country to generate the periodic reports on Social Protection Coverage in Pakistan.

  4. Stakeholder consensus on extending health care benefits to retired workers and families of trans-provincial workers

    25 June 2021

    A virtual consultation on the findings of the study on Social Protection extension to workers post retirement and families of trans-provincial workers is planned by the ILO project on ‘Achieving SDGs and ending poverty through USP’. The purpose of the consultation is to discuss and find consensus on the most practical options for extension of coverage to the two groups under discussion.

  5. Sustaining Competitive and Responsible Enterprises (SCORE) Alumni Network Meeting

    10 June 2021

    Enterprises that attended the second meeting of the SCORE alumni network on 3 June 2021 shared progress on SCORE implementation, highlighted the challenges faced and solutions pursued to counter the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic. Participating enterprises were also introduced to ILO’s FIT Programme.

  6. Priority actions identified to improve Pakistan's skills development system

    20 May 2021

    Consensus on actions related to skills development in Pakistan was reached during tripartite plus meeting which endorsed a National Skills Profile.

  7. Stakeholders dialogue on practical and improved measures for youth employment and empowerment

    19 May 2021

    The ILO on behalf of the UN in Pakistan in collaboration with the Planning Commission co-hosted a National Policy Dialogue on ‘Youth Employment, Economic Participation, and Opportunities’, to define priorities and interventions for 2021-22.

  8. Mine workers, owners and inspectorate officials committed to improving occupational safety and health in mines

    05 May 2021

    The Department of Mines and Mineral Development Balochistan, in collaboration with the ILO Country Office for Pakistan, organized a series of training on Occupational Safety and Health for Mineworkers, Mine Owner and Mines Inspectorate officials.

  9. Launch of the Mazdoor Ka Ehsaas report- A social protection programme for workers in the informal economy

    01 May 2021

    The Ehsaas Delivery Unit at the Poverty Alleviation and Social Safety Division and the ILO have jointly organised a webinar on May 1st, 2021 for the launch of MKE Report. The purpose of the webinar is to share steps taken for the actualisation of the MKE initiative and discuss its key recommendations.

  10. Continued strengthening of stakeholders on National Social Protection database

    30 April 2021

    Series of trainings conducted to support the National Centralized database on Social Protection

  11. Preventing children from pesticides – visual facilitator’s guide contextualized to Pakistan

    13 April 2021

    ILO and FAO’s co-produced tool “Protecting children from pesticides - Visual facilitator's guide” contextualized to Pakistan for simplified understanding and appropriate navigating the risks associated with pesticides.

  12. Capacity building of cotton communities on child labour, forced labour and occupational health and safety

    13 April 2021

    ILO organised series of 27 community level awareness raising seminars on child labour, forced labour, OSH including COVID-19 and protecting children from pesticides for the cotton picking workers of Southern Punjab under its project “Elimination of Child Labour and Forced Labour in the Cotton, Textile and Garment Value Chains: an Integrated Approach” Co-funded by the European Union.

  13. Community-level awareness raising seminars on Fundamental Principles and Rights at Work (FPRW) for cotton growing communities

    09 April 2021

    A three-part seminar on Fundamental Principles and Rights at Work (FPRW) was organized by the Sindh Agricultural & Forestry Workers Coordinating Organization (SAFWCO) in Sanghar, Sindh Province with the support of ILO's INDITEX funded project.

  14. Stakeholders reaffirm commitment to eradicate child labour in Pakistan

    01 April 2021

    The ILO Office for Pakistan convened national consultative workshop in Islamabad to present Asia Regional Child Labour (ARC) Project to stakeholders, solicit inputs for validating/amending the priority sectors for in-depth research and interventions and assessing stakeholders’ needs to address child labour in the priority sectors. The ARC project is a four year project funded by United Kingdom’s Foreign Commonwealth and Development Office.

  15. Employers call for effective governance of social security schemes through social dialogue

    31 March 2021

    Employers and social security agencies continue to discuss issues of governance, data transparency and data sharing, expanding coverage, simplification of registration and contribution as part of the series of awareness raising sessions in Sindh

  16. Stakeholders Dialogue on Convention 190 concerning Violence and Harassment in the World of Work

    31 March 2021

    The Pakistan Workers Federation (PWF) in collaboration with the All Pakistan Women Association (APWA) commemorated the International Women Day in Lahore. The theme of the IWD was ‘Stakeholders Dialogue on ILO C-190 Gender Based Violence at Workplace’.

  17. International Labour Standards Training for Pakistani Labour and Industrial Relations Court Judges

    01 March 2021

    “As dispute settlement managers, labour court judges should wear a human rights cap while adjudicating cases and make full use of the whole corpus of guarantees and rights articulated in the country’s constitution, national, international and case laws”- Honourable Justice Mansoor Ali Shah, Judge of the Supreme Court of Pakistan.

  18. Tripartite plus sessions to promote social dialogue on socially responsible labour practices

    08 February 2021

    The Employers Federation of Pakistan (EFP) through the support of the ILO organized dialogues between employers and other stakeholders such as government, workers, members of civil society and international brands representing Multinational Enterprises (MNEs) to promote socially responsible labour practices. The dialogues gathered inputs to the taskforce established to promote a sustainable and continued elimination of child labour and forced labour in the supply chain of sports goods industry.

  19. Employers Federation of Pakistan appointed as the national focal point for promoting the ILO MNE Declaration in Pakistan

    27 January 2021

    Pakistan is the first country in the Asia-Pacific region to appoint a national focal point for the promotion of the MNE Declaration and the application of its principles.

  20. Highlighting continued efforts for elimination of child labour in the sports goods industry

    05 January 2021

    The Employers Federation of Pakistan in collaboration with the Sialkot Chamber of Commerce and Industry conducted seminars to showcase efforts for elimination of child labour in the sports goods industry. The stakeholders committed to continue the efforts of industry and jointly pledged to replicate the Sialkot experience to other sectors.