About Us

The Institute for Labour Rights aims to promote awareness on fundamental labour rights, as guaranteed under the Constitution of Pakistan 1973 and various international human rights treaties that the state has signed or ratified over the years. The symbol of the Institute is a compass as it helps guide all the stakeholders, i.e., workers especially youth, employers, government and international organizations, in understanding the local labour market in legal and statistical contexts. The Institute engages in research on contemporary labour issues and generates innovative ideas to deal with the labour rights malaise.

Our Vision is for a society where all types of labour is equitably rewarded and where people are aware of their employment rights. 

Our Mission is to produce objective research that can help reform the employment legislation regime in the country. While pursuing these reforms, we strive to provide information to the masses and raise their awareness about workplace rights. 

Nearly two-third of Pakistan’s population is under the age of 30 years. The informed youth has a greater prospect of being linked with labour activism and help raise the trade union density from abysmal level of 2-3% of employed labour force. This linkage can be developed through provision of unambiguous labour rights information online. Young people are crucial for activism on workplace rights. 

Our Team

Iftikhar Ahmad

"A Cornell graduate in comparative labour law, Iftikhar Ahmad is a labour rights evangelist and founder of the Institute for Labour Rights. He is a strong advocate of crowdsourcing of implementation data for employment and labour legislation, thus allowing people to play their part in highlighting workplace rights violations."

Iftikhar Ahmad

Labour Rights Evangelist/Founder

Sidra Nizamuddin

"A Georgia Tech graduate in Computational Finance, Sidra Nizamuddin is the Co-founder of the Institute for Labour Rights. She is passionate about social problem solving through data analysis. Her work involves guiding the strategy and growth of the Institute using the right tools, in the right direction."

Sidra Nizamuddin

Chief Data Officer/Co-founder

Athar Jameel

"A seasoned marketing professional, Athar Jameel works as Chief Engagement Officer with the Institute for Labour Rights. His work includes developing synergies between the work of ILR and other civil society organization, multilateral institutions and various public sector entities."

Athar Jameel

Chief Engagement Officer

Ayesha Ahmed

"A LUMS law graduate with interest in business and human rights, Ayesha Ahmed works with the Institute as Compliance Specialist and is working to increase awareness on workplace rights."

Ayesha Ahmed

Compliance Specialist

Sobia Ahmad

"  An MBA from National University Of Modern Languages (NUML), Sobia Ahmad works with the Institute as Data Visualization Expert. She is heading the ILR 100-Day Campaign to raise awareness on Labour Rights in Pakistan."

Sobia Ahmad

Data Visualization Expert

Shabana Malik

"A BSCS student from International Islamic University, Shabana Malik works with the Institute as Data Intern. She has managed the Workplace violation data submission system(The Whistlers) and ensures uploading of user submitted data on violation maps."

Shabana Malik

Data Intern