Tracking Laws: Protection Against Harassment of Women at Workplace Act

January 21, 2010 Senate Passes Bill Against Harassment Of Women At Workplace

The Senate passed a bill to further amend the Pakistan Penal Code 1860 and the Code of Criminal Procedure 1898 against sexual harassment at the workplace, amid strong criticism from religious parties.

January 22, 2010 Pakistan Clears Landmark Bill Against Workplace Harassment

Overcoming conservative opposition for years, the National Assembly unanimously passed a landmark bill to punish harassment of women at workplaces, though last-minute amendments extended the protection also to men as an apparent compromise.

January 30, 2010 Bill Signed Into Law For Women Protection Against Harassment In Pakistan

Pakistan made women protection bill into law when Zardari signed the ‘Protection against Harassment of Women at Workplace Bill 2009’ which the parliament adopted on January 21. The bill now a law, will provide increased punishment over harassment of women at workplaces.

February 18, 2010 Backlash Rises Against Bill On Sexual Harassment

As a bill against sexual harassment of women inches closer to becoming a law in Pakistan, it is drawing fire from male politicians and conservative groups that have called it anywhere from un-Islamic to one that would lead women astray.

March 9, 2010 Zardari Signs Bill: Harassment Of Women Is Now A Crime

President Asif Ali Zardari signed the Protection Against Harassment of Women at Workplace Bill, 2010, aimed at providing a safe working environment. The president signed the bill at a ceremony attended by some 100 women activists, parliamentarians and members of civil society organisations in the presidency.

April 25, 2010 The Law Against Workplace Harassment Exists, Now What?

The Protection Against Harassment of Women at the Workplace Act 2010 was signed by President Asif Ali Zardari last month. But question marks still hang over its implementation as experiences continue to occur. Athar Minallah, a senior lawyer, told The Express Tribune that the implementation of the harassment bill would take some time as it was difficult to change the mindset of people. “The law is good, but it’s a male-dominated society. It will take time for people to accept it,” he said.

December 14, 2010 Segregation Breeds Sexual Harassment

In a two-day discussion forum held at Alliance against Sexual Harassment (AASHA) Secretariat, students from different universities debated the passage and implementation of the Sexual Harassment Bill 2010. The sessions were coordinated by Salma Jabeen, Mehrgarh Graduate and Zulqarnain Asghar, a psychologist. The facilitators helped the students understand the importance of having state laws implemented to ensure safe working environment for the women.

December 23, 2010 Sexual Harassment Bill: ‘Implement Law To Protect Women’

In Islamabad, Assembly discusses issues of lady health workers, ‘media trial’ of domestic violence victims. For the last three months the Lady Health Workers (LHWs) in Chakwal District have not received their salaries. Most of them are the sole bread-earners for their families. And among them, is a widow who has two daughters and is facing a tough time due to lack of finances. The objective of the 10th working women’s assembly, organised by Alliance against Sexual Harassment (AASHA) was to raise a “forceful voice” for early implementation of anti-sexual harassment law and praise the efforts of working women for the country’s development.

March 7, 2011 Women Often Fear Repercussions For Reportage

Despite the introduction of Harassment Act 2010 in the country, most women are more afraid of repercussions which may cause them to loose their job or face retaliation, so they save themselves by remaining quiet. Women are hesitant of lodging complaints as they feel they would face abusive language, forced late sitting, unnecessary work load and rumors about their characters.

March 8, 2011 UN In Pakistan Endorses The ‘Protection Against Sexual Harassment At Work Act’

On the occasion of the 100th anniversary of International Women’s Day, UN Women Pakistan organized an endorsement ceremony for the UN Country Team to endorse the code of conduct under the newly adopted “Protection against Sexual Harassment at Workplace Act 2010”. All Heads of UN Agencies present signed endorsement cards to express their commitment towards the implementation of the law.

November 24, 2011 Challenges In The Workplace: Working Women In Pakistan

Pakistan is experiencing a rapid increase in the number of women joining its workforce. But the country is grappling with physical, psychological and sexual harassment of women in the workplace.

March 15, 2012 Protection Of Women Against Harassment At Workplace Bill 2012

Sindh Women Development Minister Tauqeer Fatima Bhutto has said that committees have been constituted in 25 departments and eight districts of the Sindh province for effective implementation of the ‘Protection of Women against Harassment at Workplace Bill 2012’. She expressed her desire of thirty three percent women representation in legislative bodies at provincial and federal level for their effective participation in the enactment of constitution.

March 30, 2012 Protection Against Harassment Of Women

In a letter issued on Friday, the federal Ombudsperson asked all government departments and private companies to display the code of conduct for Protection against Harassment of Women at the Workplace and submit the implementation report to the Ombudsperson within fortnight.

September 16, 2012 NADRA Implementing Protection Against Women Harassment Act

The National Database and Registration Authority has always endeavoured to empower women with the provision of their basic rights and adopted a fair and equal employment policy to empower the womenfolk. The Nadra chairman is committed to provide dignified work environment by implementing legislation – the Protection Against Harassment of Women at the Workplace Act 2010, which is approved by government of Pakistan

February 10, 2013 Harassment At Workplaces Continues To Hamper Women Empowerment

The most debated issue of Harassment at Workplaces is persistently hampering women empowerment as the implementation of harassment laws, in true spirit, for working ladies is still a challenge.

March 25, 2013 Sexual Harassment In Pakistan Is Increasing Despite The “Protection Against Harassment Of Women At Work Place Act 2010

Pakistan’s Daily Times reports that sexual harassment is increasing in Pakistan, especially among domestic workers, students and nurses. At a seminar held at the Lahore College for Women University, Punjab Assembly Member Amna Ulfat said “There is a need to start an awareness campaign against sexual harassment and the government should strictly implement laws that check and control discrimination.”

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