ILO Country Office for Pakistan (CO-Islamabad)
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  1. ILO Country Office for Pakistan
    ILO Building, Sector G-5/2, Near State Bank of Pakistan
    Islamabad
    44000
    Pakistan
    Tel:+92 51 2276456-8
    Fax:+92 51 2279181-2

ILO Country Office for Pakistan (CO-Islamabad)

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Welcome to the ILO Country Office for Pakistan! The Office was established in 1970 and has since worked to provide technical assistance to the ILO tripartite constituents and other stakeholders to promote decent work and social justice. More

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  1. South Asia Labour Conference 2014: Fostering regional cooperation for Decent Work
    24 - 26 April 2014

    ILO Islamabad is providing technical support to the Government of Punjab, Labour & Human Resource Department in organizing a 3-day ‘South Asia Labour Conference’ on 24-26 April 2014 in Lahore (Pakistan). Purpose of the conference is to strengthen regional cooperation for promoting Decent Work in South Asia. The Conference will discuss seven thematic areas of common interest for South Asian countries. More than 300 delegates from Bangladesh, Nepal, Sri Lanka, Maldives, India, Pakistan and Afghanistan have confirmed their participation in the Conference.

  2. Training of trainers towards flexible training approaches
    10 April 2014

    The ILO project “Livelihood Restoration, Protection and Sustainable Empowerment of Vulnerable Peasant Communities in Sindh Province” (LRP) in collaboration with International Training Center (ITC-ILO) organized the first Training of Trainers (TOT) workshop on Training of Trainers towards Flexible Training Approaches at Indus Hotel Hyderabad. The training was attended by UN and government officials, trainers of government and private vocational training institutions.

  3. Launch of skill development initiative for domestic workers
    19 February 2014

    The ILO Country Office for Pakistan and the Women Development Department Government of the Punjab have joined hands to start a pilot training programme to skill and re-skill domestic workers. The programme aims to improve the standard of domestic work as well as to enhance the employability and living and working conditions of domestic workers.

  4. Underrated, underreported: Changing the image of working women in Pakistan's media
    03 February 2014

    Gender stereotypes are common in Pakistani media and continue to make it difficult for women to play an equal role in the country’s workforce. A recent ILO project focuses on Pakistani journalists themselves, using media to re-shape public opinions about working women.

  5. Media persons awarded to highlight real issues of women’s economic empowerment
    08 January 2014

    Seven journalists from print and electronic media from across Pakistan have won awards from ILO for excellence in reporting on issues relating to labour and gender.

  6. Sindh Parliamentarians visited ‘Home-Based Workers’ in Punjab: ILO organized exposure visit to a successful model in Sialkot
    19 December 2013

    Parliamentarians from Sindh expressed solidarity for the rights of ‘Home-Based Workers’ and have affirmed their commitment to come up with necessary Policies and Laws to recognize ‘Home-Based Workers’ as part of the national work force.

  7. ILO supported vulnerable groups thru education, employment & training in Pakistan
    10 December 2013

    ILO organized a national event to showcase its project 'Empowering vulnerable groups through Employment, Education and Training' on 10 December 2013.

  8. Highlights of the Regional Director Mr Yoshiteru Uramoto’s first trip to ILO Country Office Islamabad
    25 November 2013

    The ILO Regional Director for Asia and Pacific, Mr Yoshiteru Uramoto, made his first visit to Pakistan from 12th to 13th November 2013. During his visit he met the constituents, ILO Office staff and other development partners to understand more about the social and economic context of the country, the implementation of the decent work agenda and explore possibilities of ILO support to the country.

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    International Day for the Eradication of Poverty

    Change requires collective responsibility towards the poorest
    17 October 2013

    'People living in poverty are particularly subject to discrimination and the exclusion that characterizes it because of their poverty (...) We cannot be indifferent - change requires collective responsibility towards the poorest and most vulnerable,' says ILO Director-General Guy Ryder in a statement issued on International Day for the Eradication of Poverty.

  10. A dream comes true in a motorbike repair shop
    15 October 2013

    Changing perceptions is sometimes the biggest challenge when it comes to fighting child labour. But dialogue and cooperation is always a good start.

  11. Workplace safety

    Joint Action Plan to Promote Workplace Safety and Health launched in Karachi
    04 October 2013

    In response to the Baldia Town Factory Fire in Karachi, Department of Labour, Government of Sindh, Employers Federation of Pakistan (EFP) and Pakistan Workers Federation (PWF) with the technical support of ILO, validated and officially launched a Joint Action Plan to promote workplace safety and health today in Karachi.

  12. Media Advisory

    Joint Action Plan to Promote Workplace Safety and Health being launched in Karachi
    03 October 2013

    In response to the the Baldia Town Factory Fire in Karachi, Department of Labour, Government of Sindh, Employers Federation of Pakistan (EFP) and Pakistan Workers Federation (PWF) with the technical support of ILO, will validate and officially launch a Joint Action Plan to promote workplace safety and health on 4 October 2013 in Sindh.

  13. Pakistan Labour Market Update - September 2013
    01 October 2013

    Provides a snapshot of the latest economic and labour market situation in Pakistan based on information gathered from official national sources. The Update presents the overall employment context and highlights the distinct challenge for women in terms of participation and access to better quality jobs.

  14. Sindh Employment Report 2013: Skills
    28 August 2013

    The Sindh Employment Trends Report 2013 is the first provincial report that provides a broad assessment of the labour market situation in Sindh. The report also looks at the various categories of employment, occupational groupings and provides insight to the overall demand of vocational training in the TEVT system and highlights trends in youth employment, gender gaps in employment and adult training.

  15. Inception workshop to launch the project “Livelihood restoration and protection and sustainable empowerment of vulnerable Hari communities in Sindh province”
    28 August 2013

    Officials of the Government of Sindh and UN and members of civil society participated in the inception workshop to mark the formal launching of this project. The project is funded by United Nations Trust Fund for Human Security with support from the Government of Japan and will be jointly implemented by the Government of Sindh, FAO, ILO and UNWOMEN.

  16. Punjab Employment Trends: 2013
    19 July 2013

    Punjab Employment Trends Report is the first of the series that covers twelve key indicators of the labour market. The report analyses the labour market in Punjab for the period 2007-2011. The structure of employment is examined using status in employment, employment by sector, educational attainment and other indicators that can be used to assess the attainment of decent work.

  17. Livelihood Restoration, Protection and Sustainable Empowerment of Vulnerable Peasant Communities in Sindh Province
    02 July 2013

    The Pakistan Decent Work Country Programme II supports Pakistan’s efforts to apply 12 of the 34 ratified Conventions, including the 8 FCs. This project supports the application of C-142 and R195 on Human Resource Development, Education, Training and Lifelong Learning, and promotes the ratification of C142. C177 on Home-based Work, in which women predominate, is also being promoted.

  18. Launch of Research-based Visual Products on Combating Child Labour
    01 July 2013

    Everyday around 115 million children are exposed to hazardous work around the globe, including 15.5 million children who are engaged in domestic work outside their own homes according to the United Nations International Labour Organization (ILO).

  19. World Day against Child Labour

    From classroom to college – A champion for child workers

    When Farzana Hassan began teaching a handful of child labourers at an ILO project in Pakistan, she never imagined that, years later, she would have turned her classroom into a fully-fledged college for girls.

  20. Provinces finalize Action Plans against Child Labour & Bonded Labour and agree to improve reporting on ILO Conventions
    01 June 2013

    All provincial labour departments agreed on action plans to revise labour legislations regarding child and bonded labour and subsequent actions. Moreover, the Ministry of Human Resource Development and Provincial Labour Departments have also agreed in action plans to improve reporting on ILO Conventions.

  21. The Gender Unit, Department of Labour Punjab, wins prestigious UN Public Service Award
    14 May 2013

    The Gender Unit, Department of Labour, Punjab, established under the ILO, CIDA funded project, Promoting Gender Equality for Decent Employment (GE4DE), has, from amongst 2000 applicants, won a United Nations Public Service Award in recognition of its work on gender mainstreaming.

  22. Secretary-General's statement on the upcoming national elections in Pakistan
    09 May 2013

    Statement attributable to the Spokesperson for the Secretary-General on the upcoming national elections in Pakistan

  23. Industrial safety standards in Pakistan
    02 May 2013

    Pakistan has faced few unfortunate industrial accidents last year. Shabbir Ahmed reports about few industries on how they are insuring safety standards for their workers.

  24. Police Officers trained to address legal needs of bonded labourers
    24 April 2013

    The Sindh Police in collaboration with the International Labour Organization conducted a 3-day master trainer course on Strengthening Actions and Responses against Bonded Labour.

  25. ILO supported Sindh TEVTA in establishing 147 Institute Management Committees to strengthen ‘Industry-Institute Linkages’
    16 April 2013

    The national seminar was held to present the findings and recommendations of the studies and to bring to light enablers and barriers of workplace learning in the context to technical and vocational education.

  26. Provinces review Labour Laws with ILO Conventions
    29 March 2013

    More amendments are needed to harmonize the provincial Labour Legislations in line with Pakistan’s ratified ILO conventions. This was agreed by the representatives from the four provincial departments of labour, Gilgit-Baltistan, Employers Federation of Pakistan (EFP) and Pakistan Workers Federation (PWF) who jointly reviewed the labour laws in a four days’ workshop, 26-29 March 2013, held in Islamabad.

  27. Joint statement: The United Nations strongly condemns attacks on minorities in Pakistan
    11 March 2013

    The United Nations firmly condemns the on-going violence in the country, particularly the recent tragic events in Quetta, Karachi and this past weekend in Lahore, targeting especially religious and ethnic minorities in Pakistan.

  28. Cultural Mela: Creative art work of Brick Kiln workers
    27 February 2013

    Brick kiln workers presented their life experiences through creative art in a Cultural Mela held in Lahore.

  29. First ever National Policy for Overseas Pakistanis
    20 February, 2013

    The Government of Pakistan, Ministry of Overseas Pakistanis has drafted a first ever National Policy for Overseas Pakistanis with a focus on maximizing welfare and empowerment of Pakistani diaspora working in different countries across the globe.

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