Pakistan

Pakistan Unions Make Big Gains in Membership

  • December 5, 2017
  • Solidarity Center

In Pakistan, recent gains in union membership and expansion of worker support services reflect Solidarity Center efforts to promote worker rights through programs and training that address union strengthening, legal and technical education, gender equality and communications outreach. Between 2010-2016, membership in Pakistan unions with which the Solidarity Center engaged increased from 134,801 to 146,724,… [READ MORE]

Children in Brick Kilns Must Not ‘Fall through the Cracks’

  • October 12, 2016
  • Jeff C. Wheeler

More than 168 million children labor around the world, most denied an education and condemned to a cycle of poverty. The sheer number of child laborers underscores the need for reform in the many industries that employ child labor. Reducing and eliminating child labor requires a focus on decent work for adults. In industries that… [READ MORE]

Pakistan Journalists ‘Step It Up for Gender Equality’

Gender-based violence at the workplace takes many forms—and for journalists, such abuse can mean sexual harassment at the office or assault in the field where they report stories. In Pakistan, journalists and media professionals are learning how to prevent and address gender-based violence as part of Solidarity Center-sponsored trainings designed to assist media professionals in… [READ MORE]

Making Decent Work at Pakistan Brick Kilns a Reality

In Pakistan, where many workers and their children toil in dangerous brick kilns, the Solidarity Center, together with allies in the country, has developed a detailed roadmap for local labor departments to address bonded labor and unsafe working conditions—a program that includes incentives for employers to ensure their facilities meet decent work standards. The Decent… [READ MORE]

Pakistan Journalists Assert Human Rights, Worker Rights

The recent murders of three Pakistani journalists in separate incidents highlight the dangers media professionals in that country face daily on the job. And like workers in all industries, reporters, photographers and other media staff need tools to effectively address safety and health issues at work and ensure their fundamental human rights. Following the launch… [READ MORE]

Sharing the Voices of Marginalized People in Pakistan

  • July 9, 2015
  • Jeff C. Wheeler

“Our problem is that since we are the residents of [the] riverside and known as ‘Boat People,’ our children are suffering,” says a man who lives along the Indus River in Pakistan. The residents of his community make baskets and sell fish, and transport people along the river with boats they spend months making by… [READ MORE]

Kailash Satyarthi, Solidarity Center Ally, Wins Nobel

Labor and human rights activist and long-time Solidarity Center ally Kailash Satyarthi won the 2014 Nobel Peace Prize, the Nobel committee announced this morning. He shares the prestigious award with Malala Yousafzai, the Pakistani girl who survived a brutal 2012 Taliban attack for her stance on girls’ education. As a grassroots activist, Satyarthi has led the… [READ MORE]

Pakistan: Nearly 6 Million Children under 10 Are Child Laborers

Almost 12 million children, half below the age of 10, are employed as child laborers across Pakistan, and the number is growing. Children are beggars, car washers, and domestic workers, reports the Society for the Protection of the Rights of the Child (SPARC), a longtime Solidarity Center partner. In an effort to eradicate the most… [READ MORE]

Solidarity Center Launches Pakistani Labor News Web Portal

The Solidarity Center has launched its latest online venture, a web portal aimed at disseminating news about issues that affect Pakistani workers to a global audience. As a repository for major developments on worker rights in Pakistan, LabourWatch Pakistan (LWP) aims to help bring understanding and increased awareness of the plight and progress of workers… [READ MORE]