Network of Homebased Workers
in South Asia

HomeNet South Asia and Overview

HomeNet South Asia (HNSA) is a Regional network of Homebased workers (HBWs) organization in South Asia. About 290 organizations are with HNSA through National Network in Bangladesh, India, Nepal, Pakistan and Sri Lanka. It has evolved as a focal point and the collective voice of the homebased workers in the South Asian region. The strength of the HomeNet lies in its grassroots membership and the technical support it extends to its members. At the same time HNSA carries the voice of the homebased workers at the National, Regional and International levels, to influence legislation, policies and programmes.

There are about 50 million homebased workers in South Asia and approximately 80 % are women. The year 2000 was a landmark year for homebased workers in South Asia, when Kathmandu Declaration was adopted and formation of Regional Network was demanded. 

To achieve the goals of the Kathmandu Declaration, the objectives of HomeNet South Asia were developed. The objectives included making visible- homebased workers and their issues, advocating for national policies, strengthening grassroots and membership based organizations of homebased workers, creating and strengthening South Asian network of homebased workers

As a Regional Network; HomeNet South Asia emphasizes on the advocacy to highlight the issues of homebased workers, creates awareness among network members and sensitizes the policy makers. 

Besides policy advocacy, other issues like social protection, data collection on HBWs, skill up gradation and market linkages are also addressed as a part of National Policy. 


Objectives of HomeNet South Asia

The Objectives of HomeNet South Asia are

Make homebased workers and their issues more visible
Advocate for National Policies for homebased workers in each country
Strengthen the grass roots and particularly the membership-based organizations of homebased workers in each country
Create and strengthen the South Asia network of homebased workers and their organizations

(As approved by the Board of Trustees on 05.09.2014)


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Vision Statement

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

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