Home-Based Workers Day, South Asia

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20 October, 2013 - The day marks the anniversary of the adoption of the Kathmandu Declaration for the rights of South Asian home-based workers.

About the Kathmandu Declaration

In October 2000, at a South Asian regional conference jointly organized by SEWA, UNIFEM and WIEGO, representatives of home-based worker organizations, government officials, and researchers from five South Asian countries met and formulated the Kathmandu Declaration for the rights of South Asian home-based workers.

The Kathmandu Declaration recommended that all countries in South Asia formulate national policies and plans of action for home-based workers in consultation with organizations of home-based workers. It also recommended that the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) address the issues of home-based workers and take measures to enable them to deal with the risks and opportunities of globalization.

The Kathmandu Declaration invites the attention of governments to the following major areas: