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Title: The socio-legal implications of women’s work in the informal sector: A case study of women domestic workers in Pakistan
Authors: Shahid, A
Keywords: Feminist legal theory;Legal pluralism;Islamic feminist perspectives;Women;Pakistan;Domestic workers;Empowerment
Issue Date: 2009
Publisher: University of Warwick
Citation: Law, Social Justice & Global Development Journal, 2009(1), 2009
Abstract: The informal sector of economy is a major source of employment in Developing countries such as Pakistan.1Work opportunities in the informal sector play an important role in providing lively-hood to the poor, unskilled or semi-skilled, less educated and illiterate men and women workers in the society. There has been a significant change in the informal labour market with more women working for wages. However women remain amongst th lower earners of society, as despite performing the same tasks they are paid less compared to their male counterparts and are mostly engaged in part time jobs. Domestic service is one such category in the informal employment sector which provides jobs to women in large numbers. Yet of the eleven labour policies framed by various governments since the creation of Pakistan in 1947 none has addressed the issue of domestic workers, nor are domestic workers covered under the general labour laws of the country.2In the light of this situation thepaper attempts todeconstruct the role of law in empowering women domestic workers by exploring the relationship between law, gender and empowerment in a plural legal society.
Description: This article is available open access through the publisher’s website. Copyright @ 2009 The Author.
ISSN: 1467-0437
Appears in Collections:Law
Dept of Politics, History and Law Research Papers

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