On February 16, 2022, Mr. Zulifqar Shah, Member SHRC/Joint Director PILER and Ms. Fareeda Tahir, P.R.O. SHRC, attended the report launching ceremony of "A Cross-Country Study on Violence Against Home-based Workers and the Impact of COVID 19 in South Asia" by HomeNet Pakistan at the Marriot Hotel, Karachi.
The cross-country study explores violence against home-based workers (HBWs) in India, Pakistan and Bangladesh and aims to describe in detail the nature, scope and context of violence faced by home-based workers in domestic and work spheres. It further elaborates upon the coping and redressal mechanisms opted by home-based workers to deal with violence. The study also provides an overview of policy and legal framework in place for protection of HBWs in the study countries. It further captures the impact of COVID-19 pandemic on violence against HBWs.
The aim of the panel discussion at the launch was to bring to the forefront problems faced by home-based workers, victims of violence at the grassroots level, deep-rooted causes of VAW in our society, inclusive bottom-up approaches to eradicating VAW, and focusing on the economic and social wellbeing of the women in the home-base sector.
Ms. Ume Laila Azhar, Joint Director, HomeNet Pakistan shared the findings of the study.
Different Commissions, Government Departments, Civil Society representatives and Home based workers attend the launching ceremony.