Women in Pakistan’s banking sector will be discouraged from working full time after the State Bank of Pakistan extends working hours and days.
As per the government’s new regulations, the State Bank of Pakistan (SBP) has increased its working days from five to six a week and extended business timings in Ramadan. The institution has advocated gender diversity and inclusion in workplaces; its decision to revise working days and hours contradicts its policies.
Weekends are Important for Working Women
Senior Manager Corporate Investments MCBAH, Humaira Shakil Fasihi emphasized that the latest developments will discourage women from working in the banking sector as women with full-time jobs use the weekend as a chance to do household chores and focus on their loved ones. On weekends (Sat & Sun), the two days off allow women to manage full-time working jobs. With extended working hours and days, women will have no option but to quit their jobs to manage their households.
She wrote, “PM sb I ask you… Why should we give up on our professions, our families, our houses? Since we do not have the luxury of extra house staff, our house solely relies upon us for that matter.”
Banks are now open from Monday to Thursday and Saturday from 8:00 am to 3:00 pm. On Fridays, 8:00 am to 1:00 pm.
Leading institutions are revising their policies to reduce working hours and days to curtail work stress and increase productivity. They are religiously working to make mental health better for their employees. On the other hand, Prime Minister Shahbaz Sharif has decided to take Pakistan one step back instead of forward. The recent changes will only mull the creativity and performance of all employees while creating difficulties for all professional women.
According to World Bank Report, Pakistani Women Face a Disparity in Legal Equality in Pay, Marriage and Property Inheritance. Read the full story here:
According to a recent World Bank report, “Women, Business and the Law 2022”, Pakistani women face a disparity in legal equality in pay, marriage, and property inheritance. To counter these issues, the report strongly suggests Pakistan bring more improvements in legal equality for women. The report is structured around the life cycle of working women and covers 190 economies.
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