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Activists Thursday urged the Sindh government to give speedy approval to Provincial Home Based Workers (HBWs) Policy and announce the same on eve of international women's day.

A representative of Home Net Pakistan, Ume Laila Azhar accompanied by representatives of different civil society organisations addressing a joint press conference at Karachi Press Club, said it was more than a year since the Sindh cabinet committee was formed to finalize the social protection framework for the HBWs .

She said HBWs despite being a significant proportion of the work-force are denied the basic rights and there is need to speed up the process for announcement of the much warranted HBW policy for Sindh, she added.

She mentioned that the term home-based worker is used to refer to workers who carry out remunerated work within their homes or the surrounding grounds.

These international organisations also expect to formulate national policies for home-based workers besides mainstreaming of home-based workers into national economies, integration of home-based workers into national and regional markets and to raise their visibility, voice and concerns.

She said the provincial government needed to be proactive in approving and adopt the HBW policy and legislation that are under consideration for quite some time.

Ume Laila Azhar urged that HBWs should come under the social protection mechanism and that the provincial government, keeping in view the equity must devise a strategy for bringing the women HBWs under the protection mechanism.


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