Report summary: As a result of its lack of comprehensive national legislation for unpaid family caregivers or paid domestic workers, Pakistan scores poorly on the GCPI, with a score of 2.73. However, its largest province, Punjab, introduced a Domestic Workers Act in 2019, demonstrating that it is possible for Pakistan as a whole to offer more legal protections to domestic workers across the country.
The authors of this report, Mishael Hyat Ayub and Dr Anju Mary Paul, have also discussed the lack of domestic worker protections in Pakistan amidst a high profile case of child domestic worker abuse in an op-ed published June 16th 2021 on The News, a Pakistan-based newspaper. Read it here.
|GDP (USD, billion)||262.61|
|Human Development Index||0.557|
|Women’s Labor Force Participation Rate||21.67%|
|Percentage of the Informal Economy||56%|
|Old-age Dependency Ratio||64.39%|
|Access to Basic Drinking Water*||89%|
|Access to Electricity*||73.91%|
|Access to Sanitation Services*||58%|
|Access to Essential Health Services*†||44.8%|
Source: World Bank Open Data, Human Development Index, International Labour Organization 2019, United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF)
* Household access
†The WHO defines essential health services as “the average [household] coverage of essential services based on tracer interventions that include reproductive, maternal, newborn and child health; infectious diseases; noncommunicable diseases; and service capacity and access; among the general and the most disadvantaged population”
Data correct as of 2020.