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Rights & Dignity for Domestic Workers in Punjab

The rights of domestic workers in Pakistan were neglected since long. There was no legal mechanism for the protection of labor rights of these workers. However, in February 2019, the Govt. of Punjab introduced “Punjab Domestic Workers Act 2019” to enforce the rights of the domestic workers. The law envisages the provisions for protecting the rights of the domestic workers, regulating their terms of employment, working conditions of service and provision of social protection and welfare. But law is yet to be implemented in letter and spirit.

WISE initiated project “Respect & dignity of Domestic Workers” in collaboration NHRF in 2019, created awareness about the law, organized women domestic workers in different communities at local level and helped form their union registered with Punjab Labor and Human Resource Department. Generation knowledge through baseline and critical analysis of DWs law and developed awareness & advocacy material.

Accomplishments (2019 – 2023):

  • 300 Domestic workers organized into local groups in districts of Lahore & Sheikhupura.
  • 400 Dws are imparted with awareness about their legal and labor rights.
  • 250 DWs are facilitated in registration with PESSI.
  • 425 DWs are provided with emergency relief during COVID-19
  • 400 First Aid kits were distributed among DWs for their occupational safety and health.
  • 450 DWs attended four seminars on International Domestic Workers Day.
  • 1927 women domestic workers were imparted rights awareness on labor rights, Negational Skills, Psycho-Social well-being and Stress Management, Basic Literacy and Reproductive Health.
  • 275 DWs were trained on “Leadership & Community Development”
  • 175 joined Virtual Café on the rights of domestic workers.
  • 78 women domestic workers registered with PESSI
  • 75 members of civil society, govt. officials, joined 2 stakeholder consultations
  • 5 Media forums and TV talk shows organized to highlight domestic worker’s cause.
  • 08 domestic workers were provided legal assistance.
  • 04 Documentaries were developed for the rights and dignity for domestic workers.
  • 02 Radio Programs organized to highlight domestic worker’s issues.
  • Developed 09 Documentary for the rights and dignity for domestic workers.

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