Network of Homebased Workers
in South Asia

Global Conference on Homebased Workers.


HOMEBASED WORKERS UNITED IN SOLIDARITY FOR A GLOBAL CONFERENCE
FROM 8th – 11th FEBRUARY ,2015 RADISON BLU, DWARKA, NEW DELHI


Homebased workers constitute an invisible workforce that numbers in the millions globally, but which has very little protection, representation, or access to social security available to other workers in the economy. There are estimated to be about 100 million homebased workers around the world, with about 50 million of these living in South Asia. Despite these problems, homebased workers produce goods for both domestic and export supply chains, notably in labour-intensive manufacturing sectors (such as garments and textiles, artisanal craft, shoes, sporting goods) but also in electronic assembly, pharmaceutical packaging, etc. Homebased work provides a key source of employment for women and contributes to the household, national, and global economies.

Organizations such as the Self-Employed Women’s Association (SEWA) – a women’s union of informal workers in India,– helped pioneer the organizing of poor Homebased women workers. Out of these efforts, networks of organizations of Homebased workers emerged first in two parts of Asia - HomeNet South East Asia and HomeNet South Asia. HomeNet South Asia is a network organization of women homebased workers promoted by UNIFEM and SEWA. It was set up after the Kathmandu Declaration, formulated in an international conference convened in Nepal in 2000. Women in Informal Employment: Globalizing and Organizing (WIEGO) provided the technical and research foundation on which the Kathmandu Declaration was based. WIEGO has since been the constant friend, philosopher and guide to the homebased workers movement across the world. Subsequently, we have seen the birth of HomeNet Eastern Europe and hopefully in other regions also soon. The HomeNets have been active in promoting the visibility of Homebased workers within Asia and in global forums. In fact, there is interest in many parts of the world for the HomeNets to move beyond Asia to other regions. These efforts to form broader global ties will allow new regional networks and an international network to be formed in the coming years.

More than 110 Homebased workers, their organizations and supporters from 24 countries – Argentina, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Brazil, Bulgaria, Cambodia, Canada, Georgia, Germany, Indonesia, India, Kenya, Kyrgyzstan, Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan, Peru, Philippines, South Africa, Sri Lanka, Thailand, U.K., Uganda and USA, took part in A Global meeting of Homebased workers held in New Delhi. On the 9th of February, the delegates adopted a Global Declaration of Homebased Workers – which is the first of its kind in the whole world.

The Global Conference on Homebased Workers was organized by ‘HomeNet South Asia’ (HNSA) and ‘Women in Informal Employment: Globalizing and Organizing’ (WIEGO), with the objective of building solidarity and sharing experiences and learnings.

The underlying theme of the conference was “to project the importance of moving out of poverty though homebased work, participating in development through homebased work and linking homebased work with global markets and value chains“.


Agenda of the Conference Click here..


1. Inaugural Speech by Dr. Sheelkant Sharma, Ambassador of India to Austria & Permanent Representative to UN Office in Vienna & IAEA and former Secretary General of South Asia Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC)

2. Valedictory Speech by Ms. Roberta Clarke, Regional Director, UN Women,Asia Pacific Region

Photos of the conference

Press Release :

 

Follow ups of the Conference



Movement of Home Based Workers in South Asia

HomeNet South Asia is a network organisation of women homebased workers promoted by UNIFEM and SEWA. It was set up after the Kathmandu Declaration, formulated in an international conference convened in Nepal in year 2000. Women in Informal Employment: Globalizing and Organizing (WIEGO) provided the technical and research foundation on which the Kathmandu Declaration was based. The formal launching of HomeNet South Asia was held on January 17, 2007 in the Conference “Women Work & Poverty Policy Conference on Home Based Workers of South Asia” which was inaugurated by the then Prime Minister of India, Dr. Manmohan Singh.

Facts & Figures

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

Who are Home Based Workers

Homebased workers are:
Own-account workers, and contributing family workers helping the own-account workers, involved in the production of goods and services for the market, ...

 

 

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