Press releases

This is a list of official ILO press releases issued by the ILO Office in Pakistan. Some are available in Urdu and this is indicated on the top of each release. The most recent release is at the top.


  1. Making businesses better: ILO training for entrepreneurship

    20 August 2014

    Thirty trainers from all over Pakistan are being trained on ILO's global module, Start and Improve Your Business (SIYB) in collaboration with the Higher Education Commission (HEC) to strengthen business incubation centres.

  2. Technical workshop on Green Jobs and Green Entrepreneurship

    13 August 2014

    The Livelihood Restoration, Protection and Sustainable Empowerment of Vulnerable Peasant Communities in Sindh Province (LRP) in collaboration with the ILO regional office Bangkok organized the first three day technical workshop on “Green Jobs and Green Entrepreneurship”.

  3. Government of Punjab and ILO Expand Partnership to Combat Child and Bonded Labour

    11 August 2014

    According to the Government of Pakistan, 8,000 child and bonded labourers have been rehabilitated.

  4. ILO initiates short-term job creation opportunities for North Waziristan IDPs

    25 July 2014

    The International Labour Organization has advised the Government of Pakistan to provide short-term jobs to North Waziristan IDPs on priority basis to avoid their long term protracted unemployment. This follows ILO’s reconnaissance mission to Bannu in July 2014 which revealed that a large number of IDPs were idle most of the day either-on the sidelines of the distribution hubs, or in the city areas due to non-availability of productive work opportunities.

  5. Women in the world of work: ILO trains journalists on reporting gender and labor rights

    09 July 2014

    On Monday 7th July 2014, thirty (30) journalists from print and electronic media convened for a three day meeting to equip them with advanced reporting skills on covering gender and labour rights in Pakistan. The training has been organized by the International Labour Organization (ILO) and Civic Action Resources, an Islamabad based organization that works to promote civic action on democratic and progressive issues for social progress.

  6. National Conference on Skills Needs in Gulf Countries: Challenges and Opportunities for Pakistan

    26 June 2014

    Realizing the opportunities in emerging markets in GCC countries, the Overseas Pakistanis Foundation (OPF), under the Ministry of Overseas Pakistanis and Human Resource Development (MoOP&HRD) and the International Labour Organisation (ILO), jointly agreed to hold this conference to create awareness about current and future skills in demand in GCC countries so that manpower export from Pakistan can be enhanced.

  7. Showcasing GE4DE beneficiaries talents - improving livelihoods

    20 June 2014

    The International Labour Organisation (ILO) hosted a talent show, under its project for Promoting Gender Equality for Decent Employment GE4DE titled ‘GE4DE- A Celebration of Talent’ in Karachi .The event featured works from artisans from eight different areas of Pakistan, including four indigenously created fashion collections

  8. Netherlands would work with ILO in Pakistan to ensure ILS compliant textile exports to Europe

    27 May 2014

    H.E. Lilliane Ploumen, Minister for Trade and Development, Kingdom of Netherlands, has identified a number of avenues where the Textile Industries in Pakistan in collaboration with ILO, can bring improvements in the work practices thus enabling more exports to Europe, while talking at a roundtable organized jointly by ILO and the Netherlands Embassy.

  9. 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.

  10. Launch of skill development initiative for domestic workers

    19 February 2014

    The ILO 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.

  11. 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.


  1. Promoting Effective Governance of Labour Migration from South Asia Project launching

    20 December 2013

    The new Project with the European Union (EU) will contribute to ensure effective protection of the rights of vulnerable migrant workers, enhance the development impact of labour migration and reduce unregulated migration.

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

    10 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.

  3. 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.

  4. 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 12-13 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.

  5. 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 in Karachi.

  6. Joint Action Plan to Promote Workplace Safety and Health being launched in Sindh

    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

  7. Getting skills and jobs to Bangladesh's poorest

    01 October 2013

    People from rural Gazipur and remote North Bengal, Bangladesh’s poorest region, are now being employed in the readymade garments sector after completing a 3-month skills training programme. The project is a partnership between Far East Knitting & Dyeing Industries, IDLC Finance, the ILO TVET Reform Project, Gazipur Technical School and College, Care Bangladesh and Shiree.

  8. Pakistan learning lessons from Bangladesh in structuring informal apprenticeships

    27 September 2013

    A five-day visit of fourteen high-level officials from Pakistan’s public and private sector concluded today. The officials were here to learn about how the government and industry are working together to structure apprenticeships in Bangladesh’s informal sector, in trades such as motorcycle servicing, mobile phone servicing, tailoring and dressmaking.

  9. 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.