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PILER hosted dialogue on Post Flood situation in Pakistan

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Pakistan Institute of Labour Education and Research (PILER) hosts a dialogue on the Post-Flood situation in Pakistan, Participants highlight the need for coordination among the government and NGOs sector to prevent future disasters.

The dialogue was moderated by Abbas Haider chaired by labour leader Habib ud din Junaidi, and attended by renowned civil society members including Executive director PILER Karamat Ali, Member SAP Shahnaz Shidi, Professor Aqdas Afzal, Nasir Mansoor, Faisal Edhi, Program Coordinator FES AbdullahDayo and MehnazRehman.

Executive Director of PILER Karamat Ali welcomed the participants with the opening remarks that Pakistan is going through a recovery phase where more than a thousand people lost their lives, millions have been displaced and lost their shelter and livelihood.

He stressed that while we put our efforts into the rehabilitation of the destruction caused by flash floods we must also think about and prevent the causes behind it before going into another disaster and requested the participants to share their valuable thoughts on the same.

Aqdas Afzal Highlighted the impact of climate injustice on Pakistan as Pakistan only contributes 1% to world carbon emissions and is currently facing the wrath of climate change most. He shared that in addition to handling this crisis Pakistan is also burdened by 130 Billion dollars of foreign debt, he emphasized that the Government should demand that Pakistan’s debts should be nullified as an act of solidarity with a crisis-ridden country.

Aqdas also highlighted that democracy is inevitable for a country to make swift, comprehensive and practical policies to protect human rights and avoid such disasters from repeating again in future.

Abdullah Dayo Program officer Frederich Ebert Stiftung while sharing the statistics of the destruction the flood has caused to human life and infrastructure shared that currently there are 67 lac people displaced across the country and at least 70,000 women were expected to give birth in the initial days of the disaster, He also shared that the flood victims were reluctant to leave their homes even if they get washed away because in government shelters they would have to share space with unknown families and they are worried of the security of their family in such situations.

He emphasized the need for collaboration among government institutes, NGOs, International NGOs and Media Cells.

He also highlighted the need to include climate awareness in the school syllabus for younger generations to plan for the future from now.

Abdullah Dayo also stressed the need to introduce a proportional electoral system to make everyone’s voice accessible to the authorities as only this can lead to the elimination of social injustice.

Nasir Mansoor from National Trade Union Federation shared that he has been directly involved in flood relief work in Sindh and one thing that remained the same from the earthquake in 2005 till this year is that whenever a disaster occurs state is seen nowhere to protect its people.

Right now almost 10 lac workers employed in the garments sector are expected to lose their livelihoods because of the destruction of cotton crops and we don’t see any planning or policy-making to prevent such a disastrous situation.

He also endorsed the need to strengthen the network between Government and Non-Government organizations.

 

Resident Director Aurat Foundation MehnazRehman endorsed the idea of a proportional electoral system to increase the inclusiveness of all sections of society.

She further highlighted the need to create awareness of family planning referring to childbirth and huge families during the flood displacement.

Head of Edhi Foundation, Faisal Edhi also spoke about his experience of relief work in the Sindh and expressed his disappointment to know that most agriculture workers earn more or less 2 to 3000 per month barely surviving in this time of high inflation when there is a minimum wage law in the country. 

He requested the participants to raise their voice against this injustice and campaign for the implementation of this law in the agriculture sector as well.

In the end, Habib ud din Junaidi stressed the importance to keep raising their voices and advocating for their rights and thanked all participants for their valuable contributions.

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