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    December  2011

1-      Unless Women do not take part in Trade Union activities, change is unlikely to come

A two day training workshop was held in Kamalia on 4-5th November, 2011.  The workshop was attended by 80 participants including 20 women. The participants belonged to power looms, carpet, rickshaw worker, brick kiln workers, shoe makers, poultry and home based worker women. The purpose of the training was to enhance the awareness among workers so that they can safeguard their economic, social and political rights.  The speakers included Khalid Mehmood, Ch. Mehmood Mansoor Gujjar, Aslam Meraj, Abdul Latif Ansari and Salma Habib Advocate. The speaker’s urged that workers should not feel alone and they should speak for their rights. Once they are united no force can tear them apart.


2- Study circles on Consumer Rights

Study circles were conducted in Labour community Organizations during the month of October. The areas were MustafaAbad, Rana Town, Suttar Mill, Momanpura, Mariam Colony, Green town, Glaxo Town, Feroze Park. 150 women, 78 men and 15 children attended these in different areas. The participants were told about their rights when they buy and sell any item in their daily lives. These study circles were facilitated by a lawyer’s organization; they have also established a Consumers Association of Pakistan.


3- Women were the first to rise against oppression

25th November to 10th December is marked internationally as Violence against women days. To commemorate this struggle a seminar was held in MustafaAbad, Shahdara Lahore. 51 participants attended this event. Various sessions were conducted such as the objective and importance of the celebrating violence of women days, the history behind that, difference between a male and female child and laws against sexual harassment. The females present on the occasion showed their interest in the topics and asked question during the discussion session.

4-  Our leaders do not want to end poverty rather to end the poor

Rubina Bibi, 35 is a home based worker. She lives in a very dilapidated home in Rawalpindi. She has been involved with various home based activities such as binding of copies and preparing bundles of them. She has been doing this work when she was quite young. She continued the profession after her marriage as well because her husband was not working and an addict. She has two daughters who help her in household chores. She is not satisfied with the condition and rates that most of home based working women like her are getting. She has to work for 12 to 13 hours during the day. She is high blood pressure patient since 5 years and spends most of her meager earning on getting treatment.  She believes that if we are united then they can the condition of home based workers.


5-  Our vote can bring change

Zahida Rafiq is a resident of Rana Town. She is matric passed. Since her childhood she has been involved in stitching and embroidery work. She is now running a stitching centre in the area. She is against the contractual system as it is not beneficial for the worker, he is denied of social security and other benefits. She is of the view that women working at homes should be recognized as “workers” and doing so will be of great benefit to the country’s economic status.






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      Hearing The Unheard




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