Pakistan

Interprovincial moot develops roadmap to minimise gender wage gap

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ISLAMABAD: An interprovincial moot on Friday developed a roadmap to minimize the gender wage gap from 36 percent to 10 percent in next three years in favour of women workers.

The meeting also developed a mechanism to take benefit from the best practices being followed by the provinces to introduce new legislation and implement administrative steps with regard to human, women, child and labour rights, anti-corruption drives, narcotics and environmental protection.

This was decided during the 12th meeting of Treaty Implementation Cell (TIC), which was chaired by its Convenor and Attorney General of Pakistan, Mr. Ashtar Ausaf Ali.

The meeting was attended by senior officials of the federal and all relevant provincial departments including Azad Jammu Kashmir and Gilgit-Baltistan and the representative from International Labour Organization (ILO) and Pakistan Workers Federation (PWF).

The Prime Minister had recently reformulated the TIC with federal and provincial secretaries and representatives from UN Women, ILO, PWF and National Human Rights Commission of Pakistan as its members.

The meeting decided to simplify labour laws and merge six dozen laws into five major category laws in the light of Justice Shafi ur Rehman Commission report. The federating units were also asked to follow Sindh and translate all the laws into Urdu for larger understanding and awareness

The moot declared that all the head of Provincial Higher Education Commission (HEC) would be recommended to introduce degrees and diplomas on labour related matters.

Addressing the moot, Convenor AG of Pakistan, Mr. Ashtar Ausaf Ali said that the TIC has become a vehicle not only to implement and coordinate implementation on international conventions and agreements but has turned into an institution to implement obligations and responsibilities enshrined in the Constitution of Pakistan.

He directed the ministries and provincial departments to showcase Pakistan’s achievements and progress on human, women, child and labour rights, environmental protection, anti-narcotics, and anti-corruption.

“Pakistan has acted proficiently and responsibly and has gone beyond not because of international treaties and conventions but to fulfilling obligations under Constitution of Pakistan,” he added.

He said that the European Union has asked respective beneficiary states to replicate Pakistan’s model as a best practice to implement international treaties and conventions.

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