islamabad - Four journalists from print and electronic media across Pakistan won awards for excellence in reporting on issues relating to labour and gender during the second media awards organized by the International Labour Organization (ILO).

The awards for excellence in labour journalism recognizes professional reporting of outstanding merit that contributes in an exceptional way to the public understanding of labour, employment and gender issues in the world of work. The purpose of the awards is to acknowledge media professionals who demonstrate a passionate commitment to reporting that makes a difference in the lives of people around the world for the promotion of “Decent Work”.

The chief guest at the ceremony was Sherry Rehman, former Information minister and incumbent president of The Jinnah Institute. Also present at the event were Heather Cruden, Canadian High Commissioner to Pakistan, and Francesco d’Ovidio, Country Director Pakistan, International Labour Organization.

In the print media category senior journalist Aoun Sahi won the award for the best story. His article ‘Work until Tehminas Die’ focuses on the plight of domestic workers, lack of legal safeguards for them and efforts by domestic workers and human rights activists to have their labour rights recognized by the state.

 This is second consecutive year that Aoun Sahi won the award in the category of the best story.

Gender & Labour Reporter of the Year award was won by Shahzad Irfan. Iram Noor won the award for the best female gender & labour reporter of the year.