The event saw participation from over 150 individuals from across Asia to celebrate the lives and work of the invisible homebased workers. It was first of its kind event hosted in Ahmedabad to increase visibility and raise awareness regarding these silent contributors to their communities and countries. Significantly, it was in Ahmedabad that the movement was initiated and today twenty years later, it was once again a celebration of the lives of homebased workers in this historic city.
The Hon’ble Chief Minister of Gujarat, Smt. Anandiben Patel sent a special message for the occasion. While conveying her best wishes for the success of the event, she said ‘home based work provides a key source of employment, for women who contribute to the household, national and global economies’.
‘Convention C 177 on Homework is the first international labour convention on a specific category of informal workers – the home workers. It calls for equal treatment as other wage workers for home workers, including the right to organize, freedom from discrimination, social protection and fair remuneration’, said Dr. Martha Chen, Professor, Harvard University, USA and International Coordinator of WIEGO while delivering the Key Note Address.
Participating countries from Bangladesh, Bhutan, Cambodia, India, Indonesia, Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan, Philipines, Sri Lanka and Thailand shared their achievements and future plans. International experts from ILO (International Labour Organisation), UN Women, SAARC Development Fund and WIEGO shared their experiences from across the globe.
The doyen and founder of the homebased workers’ movement, Smt. Elaben R. Bhatt, founder SEWA (Self Employed Women’s Association) was felicitated and honoured by the delegates.
CELEBRATING HOMEBASED WORKERS: TWENTY YEARS TIME FOR ACTION, 20th March , Ahmedabad