Subcontracted Women Workers in the World Economy: The Case of Pakistan

Subcontracted Women Workers in the World Economy: The Case of Pakistan

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  • Wednesday | 23 Apr, 2014
  • Saba Gul Khattak
  • Research Reports,Project Publications
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Dr Saba Gul Khattak SDPI
Dr Asad Sayeed  PILER                           


This research was initiated jointly by the Sustainable Development Policy Institute (SDPI) and Pakistan Institute of Labour, Education and Research (PILER) as part of a five-country study1 on subcontracted women workers and funded by the Asia Foundation.2 Specifically, three areas were analyzed: first, how is subcontracted work, which incorporates women’s work in the market place in the Third World, linked to national and global economic trends? second, how does subcontracted work contribute to women's relative subordination/empowerment? and third, what are the conditions of work for subcontracted women workers both inside and outside the home? Based on this information, this report makes advocacy suggestions and policy recommendations.

Hardly any research studies exist on subcontracted women workers in the Pakistani context. The little information that is available is of limited use as its reliability cannot be gauged. Also, this information does not examine subcontracted work in the wider context of the world-economy. Usually, these reports look at it in the national context and overlook the links with the international structures and demands of international capital. This study, therefore, attempts to bridge existing gaps in our understanding and knowledge of subcontracted work and women workers.