– By Laila Azhar The first ever Union of Domestic Workers in Pakistan was formed at a public meeting on the 30th of January this year. Domestic workers from eleven slums around Rawalpindi and Islamabad participated, and around 200 are now organised int …

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– By Laila Azhar

The first ever Union of Domestic Workers in Pakistan was formed at a public meeting on the 30th of January this year. Domestic workers from eleven slums around Rawalpindi and Islamabad participated, and around 200 are now organised into the union.

The union was formed by HomeNet Pakistan – a network of organisations supporting home-based workers –  with the support and facilitation of the Pakistan Workers Federation.

HomeNet Pakistan appreciates the role of Plan Pakistan and the Pakistan Workers Federation in making this possible at the grass root level. We are hopeful that the unionisation of domestic workers in Pakistan leads to the empowerment of informal sector women in Pakistan.

This will further build and strengthen the voices of domestic workers, and lead to legislation and policy making for the domestic workers, the second biggest sub sector/category of 74 percent Informal sector of Pakistan.

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The following women domestic workers from 11 slums were elected as Executive Body:

1. Shugfta Ghafor (DW) was elected from President.(66 Qtrs)

2. Irshad (DW) was elected as vice President (WAPDA)

3. Saima Partrus (DW)was elected as General Sectary (66 Qtrs)

4. Kulsoom Ali (DW)was elected as Vice General Sectary (APF)

5. Madiha Jamal (DW)was elected as a Finance sectary from Shakrial .

Area Organisers:

1. Vince (DW) from Faysal Colony

2. Suriya(DW) from 66 Qtrs

3. Nasreen(DW)from 48 Qtrs

4. Atia(DW) from Shakiral

5. Kulsoom (DW)from Ali Pur Farash

6. Sajida (DW)from France Colony

7. Mumtaz (DW) from Wapda Store

8. Nasreen (DW)from 100 Qtrs

 


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