Network of Homebased Workers
in South Asia

HomeNet South Asia and Overview

HOMENET SOUTH ASIA (HNSA) is the sub-regional network of organisations of home based workers. Born out of the Kathmandu Declaration in 2000, HNSA currently has a presence in 8 countries of South Asia - Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan and Sri Lanka. HNSA aims to build regional solidarity among homebased workers, especially women workers, and empower them to lead a life of dignity, free of poverty, through obtaining decent work and social protection, within a rights based framework.

HNSA strives to make home based workers and their issues more visible; to ensure secure livelihoods for them; and to strengthen their collective voice and organizing efforts in the region. HNSA also advocates for the implementation of national, regional and international policies for homebased workers; inclusion of home based workers in the existing policies and laws, as well as promotes access of homebased workers' products to local, national, regional and international markets. 

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

  1. Make homebased workers and their issues more visible
  2. Advocate for National Policies for homebased workers in each country
  3. Strengthen the grass roots and particularly the membership-based organizations of homebased workers in each country
  4. 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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