Implementation Mechanism: Protection against Harassment of Women at Workplace Act 2010

Hamdard Islamicus Bait al-Hikmah, Madinat al-Hikmah, No. 2 issue (April-June) 2011

Posted: 23 Nov 2010 Last revised: 15 Dec 2013

Shamreeza Riaz

International Islamic University Islamabad

Date Written: November 22, 2010

Abstract

Pakistan is widely known and appreciated in the world for its history, Islamic culture and norms. Since the creation of Pakistan, it inherited poverty in its roots. There are many reasons as its root cause but it also lies on the shoulder of women who are 50% of the total population of Pakistan. On the apex of it, women do not take part in the development of Pakistan because when they step out of their homes, they suffer allot of problems. These problems become hurdle in their active participation in development. Government has tried to create an environment for those women, who suffer different problems. Harassment of women at work place is one of those problems which discourage women in taking active part in economic and social development of society. Women Activists, from the last decade, were working for the protection of woman’s right at workplace and they succeeded in formulation of Harassment Act 2010. Law is vague without its proper mechanism of implementation. This research paper will provide information about the provisions of law, which are related to the harassment of women at workplace and explore the effectiveness of its implementation. To know about its mechanism of implementation, this study was conducted in twin cities of Pakistan, Islamabad and Rawalpindi. Interviews were conducted with the employees and employer of organizations, women activists, NGOs workers, educational institutions, lawyers, Judges and some law enforcement officers. Group discussions were also held with teachers, students of Human rights and religious personalities. This report focuses on the implementation mechanism of new legislation in Pakistan. It also highlights some important facts related to its enforcement.

Keywords: Women rights in Pakistan, Protection against harrasment of Women at workplace, Implementation Meccanisim, Voice of Women

Suggested Citation

Riaz, Shamreeza, Implementation Mechanism: Protection against Harassment of Women at Workplace Act 2010 (November 22, 2010). Hamdard Islamicus Bait al-Hikmah, Madinat al-Hikmah, No. 2 issue (April-June) 2011 . Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1713087 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1713087

Shamreeza Riaz (Contact Author)

International Islamic University Islamabad ( email )

Faculty of Shariah & Law, IIUI
H-10 sector
Islamabad, PA Fedral 44000
Pakistan
92-51-9258039 (Phone)
92-51-9258021 (Fax)

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