Bill to protect women against harassment at the workplace becomes law

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After the Parliament of Pakistan informed the Protection Against Harassment of Women at the Workplace (Amendment) Act, 2022, and formally sanctioned it into law, authorized professionals say that it has been a “revolutionary step” as it has promoted and reinforced the sphere of the far feebler 2010 law.

The Federal Ministry of Human Rights (MoHR) drafted the bill with a far-reaching effort from women’s rights groups and lawyers. The aim of the modifications was to ensure and ease increased involvement of women in the workforce and eliminate the gaps present in the current law.

Moreover, the law was passed by Parliament on January 14, however, President Arif Alvi gave his agreement to it on January 21.

Meanwhile, the renowned Pakistani lawyer and a part of the process to turn the bill into law, Nighat Dad informed about the landmark amendment and granted that the amendments could securely be called a “revolutionary step” on the way to making the workplace harmless for people, particularly women.

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The bill was drafted by the Ministry of Human Rights to facilitate increased participation of women in the workforce and protect them against harassment at the workplace.


  • The revised edict will no longer be limited to sexual harassment at the workstation as gender refinement is now included.
  • Informal employees deprived of a contract, out workers, isolated workers, volunteers, interns, etc., covered.
  • The law defends artists, students, and sportswomen.
  • A workstation will not just be an outmoded office space but an abode where a worker goes to work, comprising virtual offices, highways, gyms, etc.
  • Illuminates what establishes an aggressive environment.
  • Denouncement cases funneled against the complainant (victim) to be deliberated form of retaliation.
  • Gender-neutral law.
  • Cases to be settled in a period of 90 days.
  • Act will also encompass child-sensitive dealings.
  • Viewing pattern of aggravation not required. One-time events will be deliberated sufficient to register cases as well.
  • Dupes are now able to submit audio and video proofs as a sign of harassment.

“The law had always been limited to sexual harassment of a physical nature. But now, the definition of harassment has been expanded and has been defined more broadly,” Nighat Dad said.

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