District: Hand stitched soccer balls workers seeking jobs

Sialkot:In Sialkot as many as 16000 female home based workers, related to the hand stitched soccer balls have been rendered jobless due to growing trend of manufacturing the foot balls from hand stitching to machine-stitching in Sialkot, due to which these jobless 16000 female home based workers and their families have been suffering from great financial crisis.

They have no scope to be inducted in the production of manufacturing the soccer balls through the machine-stitching in Sialkot city here.

The consultants, speakers and the stake holders disclosed this while addressing the participants of an orientation Session with stake holders on Integrated Support to HBWs in Sialkot district held at the auditorium of Sialkot Chamber of Commerce and Industry (SCCI), mutually organized by International labour Organization (ILO) and local NGO “Baidarie-Sialkot” here.

Ms. Sajila Khan (Gender Advisor International Labour Organization-ILO Islamabad), Karachi based consultant Naveed Hussain, Khawaja Zaka Ud Din (one of the pioneers of Sialkot’s soccer balls industry), Acting President of Sialkot Chamber of Commerce and Industry (SCCI) Mian Muhammad Anwar and Arshad Mehmood Mirza (Executive Director NGO Baidarie-Sialkot) were also present on this occasion.

The consultants pointed out that the above-mentioned 16000 jobless female home based workers were willing to indulge themselves into other jobs or to run their own small businesses but they could not do it because of having no skills and no capacity of doing other jobs rather than stitching the footballs with their hands and they have also been suffering from serious health hazards.

They stressed upon the nee of making some effective and urgent joint efforts for the skill development, capacity building and access to the local job markets for these 16000 jobless home based women workers (HBWs) in Sialkot and all the stake holders should come forward to proceed towards this goal on harmonious grounds.