Policy Conference on Home-Based Workers in South Asia

Co-Organized by SEWA and UNIFEM

In January 2007, SEWA and UNIFEM hosted a South Asia regional conference entitled “Women, Work, and Poverty” to highlight the situation of home-based workers in South Asia. The conference was addressed by Manmohan Singh, the Prime Minister of India (read the Prime Minister's speech) and was attended by representatives of home-based worker organizations as well as government representatives from Bangladesh, India, Nepal, Pakistan and Sri Lanka. Dan Gallin, president of the Global Labour Institute and (then) member of the WIEGO Board, addressed the conference, urging ratification of the ILO Convention 177 on Homework (read Dan Gallin's speech). Elaine Jones, Director of WIEGO’s Global Markets Programme, also participated in the event and spoke about home-based workers and global trade (view Elaine Jones' presentation).

The conference participants adopted a “South Asian Regional Plan of Action for Home-based Workers.” Also, in response to the demand for better statistics on home-based workers, the Ministry of Statistics and Programme Implementation of the Government of India set up an Independent Group on Home-Based Workers in India. This Independent Group developed an official statistical definition of home-based work to be used in the collection of national data on home-based workers: see Definition of Home-Based Workers.

For more information about this event, see the short report of the event and visit the SEWA website.