Women’s Action for Better Workplaces (WAction) project was funded by the Embassy of the Netherlands to enhance the capacities of women workers and organizations to negotiate and advocate with employers, policymakers, and legislators for improved working conditions for women workers at the workplaces. Five cross-sectoral alliances were established in Lahore, Karachi, Peshawar, Quetta, and Islamabad to take up the issues of women workers and organizations with concerned authorities.
Various labour standards demand that special consideration is awarded to women to cater to their specific needs at workplaces. Under WAction, TDEA carried out a thorough analysis of labour laws, which had been used to set the tone for legislative recommendations.
During the first phase of WAction project, 5,890 women workers were trained, and advocacy meetings were held with 50 legislators and political party leaders, with the support of four civil society organizations. As many as 61 government servants were engaged in meetings for reforms, 168 representatives of the civil society were trained. 70 political party workers, 66 teachers, and 112 journalists were also given trainings on women-related laws and labour department issues.