Alliance of workers, CCIs unite for the empowerment of women

Islamabad: Women Workers Alliance and 13 Chambers of Commerce and Industry (CCI) have joined forces for a collaborative, coordinated and cooperative approach to addressing the issue of women workers and improving their economic participation.

In this regard, a joint statement has been endorsed by the Alliance of Women Workers and Authorized Representatives of Islamabad Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Karachi, Haripur, Peshawar, Gujranwala, Mardan, Rahimyar Khan, Quetta, Sukkur, Faisalabad and Jhelum at an event held here on Thursday. The statement called on the government to introduce labor law reforms and urge progressive employers. The two parties have decided to work together to improve the working conditions of women in order to improve the economic growth of the country.

The unique gathering of employers’ and workers’ representatives was facilitated by Trust for Democratic Education and Accountability (TDEA) as part of its Enhancing Women Workers Access to Market (EWAM) project, which is supported by the Embassy of the Kingdom of the -Low. Members of the WWA National Steering Committee and Chairpersons or their representatives from the CCIs attended the event.

In a joint declaration, it was decided to establish joint employer-worker working groups in the above-mentioned districts. These groups will serve as a bridge between employees and employers to resolve issues related to the provision of minimum wage, employee contracts, separate toilets for women and the formation of protection against harassment in the workplace committees. of work. The joint statement also called on the government to complement this unique understanding by updating labor laws, ensuring their enforcement and introducing administrative measures to improve working conditions for women workers. The Declaration also called on the government to encourage employers to respect labor standards as defined in international conventions and national labor laws in order to improve working conditions in the workplace, in particular for women.

Ambassador of the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands Wouter Plomp, Parliamentary Secretary for Trade, Commerce and Industry Aliya Hamza Malik, Chairperson of Commonwealth Women Parliamentarians Shandana Gulzar Khan, Director of Programs of the TDEA Muddassir Rizvi and EWAM Team Leader Uzma Farogh also spoke. . Shandana Gulzar stressed the need for government to take ownership of the issues facing women workers. She drew attention to the economic losses suffered due to the under-representation of women in the national labor force. Aliya Hamza Malik stressed the importance of the perspective of workers, especially women, in addressing trade and commerce issues in the country.

Mara R. Wilmoth