Advocacy

GSP+ and labour rights

By Iftikhar Ahmad  The article was published on 14 April 2019 by the News on Sunday The article focuses on the state of labour rights as assessed through newly released Labour Force Survey 2018 (launched in January 2019). Under GSP+, Pakistan is required to protect and promote fundamental labour rights. The article gives an overview of the state of labour rights during the first five years of GSP+(2014-18) and recommends...

Labour: still the federal mandate?

By Iftikhar Ahmad The article was published on 4 April 2018 by the The Express Tribune. After the 18th Constitutional Amendment, parliament stopped enacting legislation on labour matters as it was argued that the subject was devolved and legislation could be promulgated only by provinces. The Supreme Court of Pakistan, in its decisions dated 28 March 2018 has finally negated this and has argued...

No country for working women

By Iftikhar Ahmad The article was published on 10 March 2018 by the The Express Tribune. My article in today’s Daily Times explains the Universal Periodic Review process. Pakistan had its human rights record assessed on 13 November 2017. Dozens of reports were submitted by the civil society organisations in the process. Interestingly, NONE of the more than 40 civil...

Breastfeeding and SDGs

By Iftikhar Ahmad The article was published on 3 August 2017 by the The Express Tribune. More than 150 countries of the world are celebrating World Breastfeeding Week from first to seventh August. This year’s theme is ‘sustaining breastfeeding together’ and links achievement of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to breastfeeding. My article presents evidence on the state of breastfeeding in Pakistan and explains...

Gender inequality in jobs

By Iftikhar Ahmad The article was published on 14 March 2016 by the DAWN. The government must also pursue proactive measures for increased representation of women in active labour force.THE IMF estimates that closing the gender gap in Pakistan can boost GDP by 30pc. Pakistan ranks the second last (144th position) in Global Gender Gap Index 2015. The gap is highest in the economic...