- Promoting international labour standards
- Employment/livelihood opportunities
- Social protection
- Social dialogue
Promoting international labour standards: ILO supports the tripartite social partners – employers, workers and the Government (Ministry of Overseas Pakistanis and Human Resource Development, Provincial Departments of Labour) – to adopt and implement labour legislation in line with international labour standards at federal and provincial levels. Specific laws have been enacted to check child labour, bonded labour and other forms of exploitative work. ILO also provides technical support to establish a coordination mechanism between the Ministry of Overseas Pakistanis and Human Resource Development and Provincial Labour Departments for effective reporting on international labour standards. Pakistan has ratified 36 international labour standards.
Employment/livelihood opportunities: ILO supports the tripartite constituents and other stakeholders in promoting more and better jobs for all with a focus on disadvantaged groups, including women, informal economy workers and persons with disabilities. The federal and provincial labour machinery is supported to improve working conditions for women and in developing policies that recognise informal economy workers (home-based and domestic workers). In the wake of devolution, provincial governments are being supported to develop evidence-based employment policies and strategies with Labour Market Information units established at provincial level.
Social protection: ILO is leading a group comprising UNICEF, UNDP, UN Women and GIZ, to implement the UN-wide approach of “Social Protection Floor” in Khyber Paktunkhwa. ILO is also working with the existing social security institutions to improve their services for formal sector workers and expand to informal economy workers.
Social dialogue: ILO supports the tripartite constituents in raising their voices and representation and helping them develop bipartite and tripartite forums for productive discussions. In the last two years, tripartite consultations have taken place on important issues such as “Labour Law Reforms”, “Promoting Gender Equality at Workplaces”, “Promoting Workplace Safety and Health” and “Improving Productivity through Congenial Work Environment”.
Ms. Ingrid Christensen, Country Director International Labor Organization
Ingrid Christensen, a Danish national, was appointed as ILO Country Director for Pakistan on 1 April 2016. Prior to this, she worked as Senior Specialist on Occupational Safety and Health (OSH) at the Decent Work Technical Support Team (DWT) for East and South-East Asia and the Pacific, ILO Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific in Bangkok. From 2003 – 2011 she held a similar position in the DWT for South Asia, located in New Delhi, while also serving as Officer-in-Charge at the ILO Liaison Office in Kabul and the ILO Country Office for Bangladesh, respectively during 2006-2008. She joined the ILO for the first time in 1988. Earlier she served in various capacities in the Danish Working Environment Authority, Ministry of Labour (now Employment), and the Technical Advisory Service of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Denmark.
Ms. Christensen holds a Master’s Degree in Pharmacy from the Royal High School of Pharmacy (now Faculty of University of Copenhagen).