Network of Homebased Workers
in South Asia

Facts and Figures of Homebased Workers

Global Scenario
A survey in seven countries revealed that Homebased workers represent between 10 and 25 per cent of the non-agricultural workforce: -

1)
Guatemala (26%),
2)
India (16%),
3)
Kenya (15%),
4)
Mexico (17%),
5)
Philippines (14%),
6)
Tunisia (11%), and
7)
Venezuela (18%)

The vast majority of Homebased workers are women and wherever they are found and regardless of the industry. 90% of Bidi workers (cigarette rolled out of beetel leaf) in India are women. 90% of homebased workers in Europe (Germany, Greece, Ireland, Italy and the Netherlands) are women. 85% of Homebased workers in the clothing and footwear industries in Argentina are women. 80% of the 50 million Homebased workers in South Asia are women.

The pyramid below illustrates the average earnings and gender segmentation of different types of Homebased workers in India.

International Labour Organization, Women and Men in the Informal Economy: A Statistical Picture. ILO, Geneva, Employment Sector, 2002.

SOUTH ASIAN SCENARIO

1)
There are 100 million Homebased Workers in the World;
2)
It is roughly estimated that, there are over 41 million hbws in 4 countries (Bangladesh, India, Nepal & Pakistan) of South Asia
3)
In 2009- 2010, Bangladesh had 2 million HBWs
4)
In 2011-2012, India had 37.4 million HBWs
5)
In 2008, Nepal had 0.92 million HBWs
6)
In 2008 – 2009, Pakistan had 1.43 million HBWs

(As approved by the Board of Trustees on 05.09.2014)

I. PURPOSE OF HOMENET SOUTH ASIA :

The structure of an organization or a network depends on what it’s purpose and strategies are.

Vision Statement

HomeNets in South Asia envisions a scenario in which Homebased Workers are visible, protected, promoted, empowered ..

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