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In Pakistan it has been difficult for women to fully contribute to their country's development because the environment to work, in general, is difficult and un-supportive. Women commonly face inappropriate behaviour and harassment on the streets, at the work place and in public places. The government has been trying to increase the number of women employees for the last several years, but even the minimum quota of 5% remains unfilled. Outside the government some women are working in senior positions and are running businesses, but, in general, the trend of women working in government or private employment has not become popular. Regardless of the economic and social compulsions to earn an income, women have to face several hurdles to work outside their homes. Some organizations have explored the reasons and found that women either face social constraints or, therefore, do not attempt to get into employment situations or they are discouraged by the aggressive work environment. Those who do come out to work, have to fight for their rights and get little support to carry on. The attitude of their male colleagues and the management is usually not conducive and does not encourage women to exercise their right to work and contribute to the economic development of the society. The following are some examples, identified in various studies, of discrimination and harassment experienced by women:

1. AT HOME: giving less importance to the girl child, belittling her, trivializing the woman working at home, not allowing her to take decisions, inflicting violence, etc.
2. ON THE STREETS: catcalling, touching, putting down, making fun, intimidating and singing to tease women.
3. IN THE BUSSES: touching, pushing, humiliating, swearing and using vulgar language
4. IN PUBLIC PLACES: staring, touching, intimidating, shoving, aggressively stopping the way, restricting entrance to places, chasing and inflicting violence.
5. AT WORKPLACE: leering, staring, making passes, discriminating, abusing authority for favors, asking out, flirting, and inflicting violence.

Background of The Anti Harassment Legislation: The magnitude of the issue of harassment at workplace is so huge and the problem is so persistent that in the absence of any concrete government policy /law and safety net by employers, for curbing harassment at workplace, women become a vulnerable group to harassment at workplace. As harassment is one of the most common problems faced by the women of Pakistan.

  

Protection Against Harassment of Women at Workplace Act-2010 and PIA.

Women Protection Committee (Protection against Harassment at Workplace) is a vital aspect of productivity and progress. No modern Corporation can prosper if its female employees do not feel safe from harassment and indignities. In Compliance of the directive contained Cabinet Division `s letter No-1-15/2010-IMP II dated 29 March ,2010 received through Section Officer (Defence Division ) vide MoD `s u.o.No.61/639/Misc/D-23/2009,dated 7 April 2010 have been approved by the management & Women’s Protection Against Harassment at Work Place (WPC) been conserved as a Committee consisted on three Members (Chairman ,& two members ) along with a Legal advisor from Legal Department. We have confronted the challenges in this concern but we will ensure that PIA’s work ethic creates a respectful, working environment that benefits our ‘Female Employees ‘ & National Carrier.

A. Women’s Protection Committee (WPC) consist on a team of one executive (Chairman) and Two members (female), one coordinator & one legal advisor, all team members are qualified mature. Executive members also have been working on very important and sensitive position as a part of High management. From the day one the composition of the committee has been consisted on very mature and qualified team members, which have been modified /Emended by as per requirement of the committee.

B. Committee`s Composition: Honorary (constituted on 18 July, 2012)
S.No Name Position Honorary position in WPC from
1 Mr.Younus .M Khan Secretary PIAC Chairman WPC 18.07.2012
2 Ms. Amna Khawaja DGM HRA & C Member 18.07.2012
3 Ms.Nabila Zaidi HR-Officer /CS & QA Member 18.07.2012
5 Ms.Shabana M .H HRS Coordinator 17.09.2012