Network of Homebased Workers
in South Asia

HomeNet Bangladesh

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Registered in 2008 under NGO Affairs Bureau and Foreign Donation Act 78
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116 Member Organizations from 14 districts of Bangladesh
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Stationed at Dhaka, Bangladesh
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Action Areas:- National Policy for Homebased Workers, Ratification of Convention C-177, Mobilizing , Organising Homebased
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Workers and Creating Awareness among Homebased Workers to increase visibility at National Level.

1. Awareness Raising on the rights of HBWs at the Grassroots level: The main achievement of HNB is the work it has done on the ground in raising awareness about HBWs and their issues, through meetings and street plays which helped to develop a consensus amongst the HBWs and the organizations working with HBWs about the concept of HBWs and their rights as per ILC 177. The initiatives at the local level coupled with exposure visits to other countries also helped the Board and network members to develop an enhanced understanding of a right based perspective on HBWs. 

2. Developed and submitted to the line Ministry in 2006 a Draft Policy on HBWs: Development of a draft policy for HBWs after seeking inputs from the network members has been a key achievement. The draft was submitted to the line Ministry in 2006 and is under their consideration. 

3. Highlighted the issue of Occupational Health and Safety of HBWs: Occupational health and safety of the workers is an issue that was brought to the forefront by the advocacy efforts of HNB. They had organized a series of workshops and seminars on this subject and have also developed a beautiful calendar depicting the occupational health hazards that HBWs face. 

4. Formation of the Finance Committee and streamlining financial procedures: It is the only CHN which has a Finance Committee which was formed in July 2010. The Finance Committee has helped them tackle almost all the recommendations of the Due Diligence report and has helped institutionalize financial oversight and monitoring. 

5. Registration of HNB as an independent entity: The first steps for creating a separate identity for HNB have been taken by overcoming the tedious and difficult process of registering HNB as a separate entity, setting up an independent office and putting in place structures like board, finance committee etc.

A-Z OF HOMEBASED WORKERS - BANGLADESH
A
Appliqué workers, artificial flowers makers
B
Bead workers, bed sheet embroiderers
C
Cotton quilts makers, Children’s dress makers crochet workers, cap brim makers
D
Dry flower processors, dry flower arrangements, dress designers, dress maker Dung cake makers
E
Embroiders, envelope makers, earthenware makers, earring makers
F
frock makers
G
Garland makers, garlic peelers
H
Handicraft workers, handloom workers
J
Jewellery makers
K
Knitters
L
Lace makers, lace makers
M
Match box makers, mirror workers, mud toy makers
N
Net makers,
P
Pearl setting & stringing, paper bag makers, prawns peelers ’ paper-makers, Packers, pickle makers
Q
Quilt makers
R
Reel makers, rope makers, radio makers
S
Snacks makers; shadow workers, shoe makers, strap cutters for footwear
T
Trolley setters, tailors, toy makers, tying old carpets, thread makers
U
Unravelling wool workers, umbrella makers
W
Washers, weavers
XYZ
Zamdani sari makers, zari designers

(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 ..

Newsletter,Issue 1