Network of Homebased Workers
in South Asia

Kathmandu Declaration Adopted -2000

The Kathmandu Declaration for the rights of South Asian homebased workers was adapted by representatives of South Asian Governments, UN agencies, NGOs and Trade Unions ;in a Conference organized by UNIFEM and WIEGO in October 2000 and supported by International Development Research Centre.

The South Asian Meeting on Women Workers in the Informal Economy Sector was participated by the Governments of India, Nepal, Pakistan and Sri Lanka: and by Trade Unions and Non Governmental Organisations and Bangladesh, who met in Kathmandu on 18-20 October 2000 and resolved as follows:

There are at least 50 million Homebased workers in South Asia out of whom around 80% are women. They include own account or self employed workers as well as those who do work for contractors at piece rate.

While these workers contribute significantly to the National Economy, they are mostly illiterate, invisible, unpresented, voiceless and are not generally incorporated in the National Development agendas.

Therefore, in order to bring these Homebased Workers into the National Economic mainstream in accordance with ILO convention no.177, the meeting recommended

Formulation of National Policy on Homebased Workers by each Country;
Minimum protection, which would include right to organize, minimum remuneration, occupational health and safety, statutory social protection, maternity, childcare , skill development and literacy programme.
Access to markets and economic resources including raw materials, marketing infrastructure, technology, credit and information.
Set up Social Funds for homebased workers, which would provide insurance against risks of illness, death, old age accidents, loss of livelihood assets and contingencies as locally required.
Incorporate into official statistics baseline data regarding various categories of workers in the informal Sector.
Urged SAARC to address the issues of homebased workers in the region and take measures to enable them to deal with the risks and opportunities of globalization.

(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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