Islamabad: More than 70% of Pakistan’s women have been harassed at work and it seems that there is no solution to this problem, according to a report. The federal ombudsman issued an order recently, imposing a penalty on Nadeem Riaz (ex-ambassador of Pakistan to Italy), who was found to have sexually harassed the trade officer. According to the Pakistani newspaper Daily Times, the ombudsman charged him with a heavy penalty for the trade officer’s complaint that Nadeem Riaz had abused her sexually. According to reports, women working in Pakistani offices with male colleagues or at places where there is a high male ratio may experience difficulties in moving around the office and their workplace.
Daily Times reports that over 70% of women feel harassed at work every day. Many women are no longer interested in working and have given up on the dream of becoming a woman. The lack of security and poor working conditions at work has led to many women abandoning the idea of working. Those who must earn money to support their families rarely complain and don’t speak out because they fear losing their jobs. Sara, a 25-year-old banker, stated that harassment exists in the workplace and cannot be ignored. She said that she must remain silent because otherwise, her fathers and brothers will not allow us to continue working and we can’t afford it.”
After analyzing the experiences of many women who were asked about the work environment, a report was created on sexual harassment at work in Pakistan. Many women also switch jobs to avoid such a toxic work environment. White Ribbon Pakistan, an NGO that advocates for women’s rights, has data showing that between 2004 and 2016, 4,734 women were subject to sexual violence. The government of Pakistan recently passed the “Protection against Harassment at the Workplace Amendment Bill, 2022” and amended the less restrictive provisions of the 2010 law. Pakistan has seen an increase in the number of working women over the past few years, but it is still struggling with the problem of harassment and other psychological abuse of women.