CM urged to enact pending HBWs bill.


LAHORE -- Civil society organisations (CSOs) and labour activists have urged the Punjab chief minister to make legislation on Home Based Workers (HBWs) policy that had been approved in 2017.

At a meeting arranged by Homenet Pakistan, they said there was a serious concern over the delay in the HBW bill even though the bill was included in the 100-day legislative agenda of the present government.

An approval and adoption of the HBWs Act for Punjab would help bring the 42 per cent urban and 72pc rural home-based workers in the ambit of the women workforce in the formal sector. It should be noted that a majority of these HBWs are women.

The meeting urged the government to keep in mind that the HBWs must also be recognised as workers and their children have the right to education but in the government data they are not counted.

Being in the informal sector, they are denied many rights, including that of minimum wages and social protection.

The meeting decided to hold a huge protest if the law was...

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