Pakistan’s New Law Aims to Protect Women in Workplace

Pakistan’s parliament has passed a bill that significantly strengthens protections for women in the workplace against violence and harassment. The new law, drafted by the Ministry of Human Rights with extensive input from women rights groups and lawyers, amends the far weaker 2010 law. The Protection against Harassment of Women at the Workplace (Amendment) Bill, 2022, enacted on January 14, expands the definition of workplaces in Pakistan, to encompass both formal and informal workplaces, bringing it closer to the definition set out in the 2019 International Labour Organization (ILO) Violence and Harassment Convention (C190), which Pakistan has not ratified.

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