LAHORE- Like other countries in the world, International Day for elimination of violence against women is being observed today (Thursday) in Pakistan. Different organizations working for womens rights organize activities to raise public awareness of the problem on November 25, being observed every year since 1981. The date coincides with the brutal murder in 1960 of the three Mirabal sisters in the Dominican Republic. They were political activists and were assassinated on orders of Dominican dictator Rafael Trujillo. Meanwhile, All Pakistan Women Association (APWA) held a meeting of its working group consisting of 25 different NGOs on Wednesday at its provincial headquarters under the aegis of Home Net Pakistan to formulate recommendations regarding legislation for home-based women workers. The meeting decided to contact working women on the site and then finalize its recommendations for legislation. The meeting was told that out of total 8.7 million home-based workers, 65 per cent were women and they were generating 50 million dollars annual income. These female workers fall in the age group of 6 to 15 and are not paid properly by the contractors despite the fact that they worked 12 to 16 hours a day, often in unhygienic conditions, it was further told. A participant also pointed out that as per labour policy, vocational training was necessary but this condition was not being implemented. Taking part in the discussion Begum Mehnaz Rafi stressed the need for proper networking of women organization to highlight real issues of home-based women workers. Ms. Rohi Syed said that a separate working group would be formed for Southern Punjab for the purpose. This meeting was addressed by the Chairperson APWA Punjab Ms. Rohi Syed, Ex-MNA Begum Mehnaz Rafi, General Secretary APWA Mrs. Rizwana Akram and Dr. Umme Laila of Home Net Pakistan.