Consultation organized for implementation on Sindh Women Agriculture Workers Act

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The Sindh Human Rights Commission (SHRC) ,AwazCDS- Pakistan and NARI Foundation Sukkur organized a consultation on Rules of Business/Implementation of “The Sindh Women Agriculture Workers Act 2019” at Sindh Human Rights Commission Regional office Sukkur.

In a significant move towards addressing the rights of female agricultural laborers, the Sindh Women Agriculture Workers Act 2019 was enacted in Pakistan, specifically aiming to improve the conditions of women engaged in agriculture.

However, the effective implementation of the Act is hindered by the absence of the Rules of Business.

In a consultation session held recently, Mr. Iqbal Ahmed Detho, Chairperson of the Sindh Human Rights Commission, emphasized the critical need for the swift formulation and implementation of the Rules of Business associated with the Sindh Women Agriculture Workers Act 2019.

He highlighted the dire circumstances faced by female agricultural laborers, who constitute a substantial portion of the workforce in rural areas.

The Act, passed in 2019, is a commendable effort to address the challenges faced by women working in agriculture. It aims to ensure gender equality, fair wages, and improved working conditions for female agricultural laborers.

However, without the necessary rules and regulations in place, the intended benefits of the Act remain unrealized.

During the consultation, Mr. Anwar Mahar, the Executive Director, stressed that the Act not only presents an opportunity for women to organize themselves but also introduces unique income support programs, aiming to uplift the economic status of female agricultural workers.

Ms. Farzana Khosa, Committee member, SHRC shared that the lack of Rules of Business is impeding the effective enforcement of the Act, leaving female agricultural laborers vulnerable to exploitation, inadequate wages, and deprived of essential social security and old age benefits.

Chaudary Muhammad Yaseen, General Secretary Pakistan Workers Federation and Shoukat Ali President KP Local Government Employees appreciate Sindh Government to passed the Sindh Women Agriculture Workers Act 2019” and emphasized the immediate action from the authorities to expedite the formulation and implementation of the Rules of Business for the Sindh Women Agriculture Workers Act 2019.

This step is crucial to realizing the objectives of the Act and ensuring that female agricultural workers receive their due rights and protections.

Mr. Abdullah Dayo, (Chief Guest) program advisor (FES) stated that, The Sindh Women Agriculture Workers Act 2019 is a landmark legislation that holds the potential to transform the lives of countless women engaged in agriculture.

It is imperative that the Rules of Business are promptly established to give practical effect to the provisions of the Act, creating a more equitable and just environment for female agricultural laborers, he added.

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