KARACHI - Constant increase in the number of women joining the country’s work force turns “Flexi Time” provision for working women an urgent need of hour.

President, Working Women Welfare Trust Rehana Afroze on Tuesday said flexible working hours and time schedule must be made a mandatory provision and accepted as a legal right of working women.

Flexi Time schedule, she said would be the work schedule that may be other than routine nine to five job (9am to 5 pm).

“In a nut shell all jobs that are result oriented and tasked based can be adjusted under Flexi Time schedule,” said the activist.

This, she said is being adopted in the professions of medicine, information technology, engineering, education, media, marketing etc across the world.  

The activist citing the proposal to be pragmatic in particular context of Pakistan said more job opportunities would be created for our women.

“Above all difficulties faced by women due to chaotic traffic and shortage of transport facilities during rush hours will also be efficiently addressed, said Rehana Afroze.

She said women required to maintain the delicate balance between their domestic and professional responsibilities must be extended the right to have their choice of working hours.

Flexi Time, she said will be a source of encouragement for girls and women joining the work force and contributing to the national economy.

“Moreover, highly qualified and skilled women reluctant to work due to their domestic responsibilities will be provided with an opportunity to play their role in national development,” she elaborated.

“  This will also help the structure of our integrated family system,” said Rehana Afroze.

She through the platform of Working Women Welfare Trust demanded that Pakistani women resorting to Flexi Time Approach must be extended status equivalent to regular and permanent workers.

This, she said is very common in the developed world and has markedly contributed to their development.