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Socio-Economic Empowerment of Women

More than a half million women cotton workers in Sindh are involved in cotton picking. The rising temperature of 49 centigrade has impacted badly on their health, labor productivity and livelihoods


Sindh Community Foundation

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Social causes


SDGs covered

Market of Implementation

  • Pakistan


Pakistan is the fourth largest producer of cotton in the world where approximately more than a half million in Sindh and 50000 Women Cotton Pickers-WCPs are involved in Matiari district. They work in the cotton fields to harvest the raw material for T&C production.

The T&C industry falls on women’s shoulders, but they remain poor and exploited; their health suffers from a hazardous working environment that involves excessive use of poisonous pesticides. The rising temperature of 49 centigrade has impacted badly on their health, labor productivity, and livelihoods.

Occupational health safety is poor for these workers. The recent floods affected the 12 million population in Sindh (0.2 million population and 140,833 standing cotton crops damaged in Matiari district). They have lesser adaptation skills and climate literacy to deal with to deal with the climate crisis. The climate change badly impacting their lives, health &livelihood due to both rising temperature and floods.

It is clear that there is a pressing need to empower socio-economically the women cotton pickers in Matiari district in Pakistan and Sindh Community Foundation has the solution for this.


Sindh's project targets 3600 beneficiaries’ women cotton workers in 30 villages who work in extreme heat and have been struggling to cope with the impact of the climate crisis on their health and rights. These women workers engage in cotton picking which is seasonal labor work and they gain very low wages, poor occupational health safety, and working conditions.

The women cotton workers will be organized in trade unions and will get labor rights awareness for decent work, occupational health and safety, and climate literacy will be provided to the 3600 women cotton workers. 700 poor of poorest women cotton workers will get offseason poverty reduction support including income generation training and seed grants. 1050 women cotton workers will be provided with literacy skills through literacy centers in 30 villages. Leadership training for women leaders of union will be conducted to advocate for climate justice and eco-friendly shades for women cotton workers.

For more information on our solution, do refer to our Slide Deck.

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