Overview

The Constitution of Pakistan, 1973, recognizes the fundamental rights of citizens to dignity of person. To make provision for protection of women against harassment at the workplace, the Protection against Harassment of Women at the Workplace Act, 2010 (Act IV of 2010) was enacted, which was adapted by the Punjab vide Punjab Protection against Harassment of Women at the Workplace (Amendment) Act,2012 (Act III of 2013).

The objective of the said Act is to create a safe working environment for women, which is free of harassment, abuse and intimidation with a view towards fulfillment of their right to work with dignity. The Act is also aimed at enabling higher productivity and a better quality of life at work and builds on the principles of equal opportunity for men and women and their right to earn livelihood without fear of discrimination as stipulated in the Constitution of Pakistan. The Act provides for protection against harassment at work without any gender discrimination and stipulates inviolability of dignity and recognizes the right to be free from inhuman, abusive and degrading treatment at the workplace.

Government of the Punjab established Office of Ombudsperson under section (7) of “The Protection Against Harassment of Women at the Workplace Act, in February 2013.