Advocacy

The state of labour in Pakistan

By Iftikhar Ahmad The article was published on 03 February 2019 by the News on Sunday. In this newspaper article, I analyse the recently released #LabourForceSurvey2017-18 in #Pakistan. There are many insights to share (increase in gender wage gap, dwindling female labour force participation, reduction in the share of agriculture in total employment, and the increased share of formal sector). The article recommends reforms in the collection of data through LFS on #gigeconomy...

Addressing Pakistan’s modern slavery problem

By Iftikhar Ahmad The article was published on 16 October 2017 by the DAWN. The Global Slavery Index 2016 estimated the number of modern slavery victims in Pakistan as 2.134m (1.13pc of the total population). In terms of absolute numbers, Pakistan ranked 3 (out of 167 countries) in this index after India (18.354m) and China (3.388m). Using the above referred percentage of 1.13pc with the new...

Child labour: lack of coherent reforms in Pakistan

By Iftikhar Ahmad The article was published on 1 July 2017 by the The Express Tribune. There are more than 20 laws in Pakistan which deal with different dimensions of child labour. However, they lack coherence. And unless this incoherence is removed, eradication of child labour is not possible.There are more than 20 laws in Pakistan which deal with different dimensions of child labour. These...

Brick children’s rights

By Iftikhar Ahmad The article was published on 15 February 2016 by the DAWN. Laws cannot have contradictory provisions: requiring compulsory education while allowing children to engage in full-time jobs before they complete compulsory education.THE PUNJAB Prohibition of Child Labour at Brick Kilns Ordinance 2016, promulgated last month forbids hiring children below 14 years of age. It also regulates the employment of adults by requiring...