Towards Gender Parity in Pakistan Project (TGP)

The ILO in partnership with 14 other UN agencies started this joint project to ensure equal access to decent work and productive employment for women and men is essential as a sustainable way out of poverty.

Within the overall framework of this programme, ILO has a mandate to assess the gender disparities in “employment sector” and facilitate corrective measures at all levels – particularly by involving key labour market stakeholders, i.e., Government, Employers, Workers / Trade Unions and others. The project is part of One-UN Joint Program on Agriculture, Rural Development and Poverty Reduction (ARP) Joint Programme Component-2: Decent Employment & Poverty Alleviation and is designed to contribute to the following joint programme outcomes:

  • Joint programme outcome-1: Strengthened institutions and enabling policy framework to promote gendered governance;
  • Joint output 1.1: Enhanced capacity of key government institutions and civil society to develop gender sensitive policies;
  • Joint programme outcome-2: Improved business development services for women’s entrepreneurship; and
  • Joint programme output-5: Enhanced awareness of gender disparity and implementation of gender equality in the employment sector.

The project has successfully initiated the following interventions:

  • In collaboration with Ministry of Labour & Manpower, established a “Coordination Forum for Gender Equality” for all labour market stakeholders;
  • Engaged Employers’ Federation of Pakistan (EFP) in capacity building, promotion of Gender Equality Policy and helping women in managing glass ceiling in private sector; and
  • Engaged Pakistan Workers’ Federation (PWF) and All Pakistan Labour Federation (APLF) in capacity building of trade unions, adoption of Gender Equality Policy and promoting gender-responsive work practices in line with relevant ILO Conventions.
  • A series of studies on gender disparities in following areas:
  • Skills development;
  • Employment programmes;
  • Youth employment;
  • Post-crisis employment recovery;
  • Evidence-based study on best practices in minimizing sexual harassment at workplace;
  • Study on Gender Disaggregated Employment Statistics: Issues and Current Practices;
  • Support for Policy on “Home-Based Workers” and ratification of the Home Work Convention, 1996 (No.177); and
  • Piloting different models for providing “integrated support to home-based workers”.

For further information please contact:

Mr Saad Gilani
Senior Programme Officer
Tel: +51 2276456-8, Ext. 252