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Rights Panel Offers Bleak Assessment Of Pakistani Women, Laborers

In its annual report, the Human Rights Commission of Pakistan (HRCP) has offered a bleak assessment of the plight of women and laborers in the country.

The report, released on April 24, says that at least 869 women lost their lives in honor killings in the country last year, while more than 800 Pakistani women committed suicide in 2013.

The report says that only 18 percent of Pakistani women have secondary or higher education and 28 percent are formally counted in the workforce.

According to the report, around 800,000 children die in Pakistan each year of polio, dengue fever, and malnutrition.

Only 1.6 million workers, out of a labor force of 59 million, have access to social security, while unemployment continues to grow.

The report also says an estimated 2 million Pakistanis are trapped in various forms of modern-day slavery.

Based on reporting by and