MULTAN

The civil society urged the government to introduce Industrial Homes for the training to Home Based Workers (HBW) and ensure laws to protect their rights.

In two forums organised by Home-net Pakistan in collaboration with Oxfam in Rajanpur and Lodhran, Project Coordinator Danish Batool while addressing a forum said that there was an urgent need to frame laws for the protection rights of workers. She stated that the home-based workers faced numerous problems including economic exploitation, security and health problems.

She claimed that 70 percent HBW were part of informal economic activities of country. She maintained that workers were denied of training or skills to manage their earning properly. The workers have no access to markets to sell their home made items against reasonable prices which also results into their economic exploitation, he added.

The forum recommended that there should be more focus on women socio-economic empowerment. Raising awareness about women friendly laws, establishment of Industrial Homes, Sales and Display centres, presences of HBW representatives in local bodies, equal wages for all and stop violence against women.

Home-net Pakistan Chief executive Ume Laila Azhar expressed her hope that the government would surely frame policies and laws related to protect rights of the home-based workers if the HBW would continue raising voice for the purpose. She claimed that home-based workers would enjoy all facilities under labour act as other industrial workers were entitled to.

Home-Base Workers including majority of women and other stakeholders who attended the forum expressed pleasure and satisfaction and also promised to continue raising their voice in support of due rights in future as well.