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Theme: Informal Economy
Occupational Group(s): Home-Based Workers
By Inclusive Cities, .

A delegation representing street/market vendors, homebased workers and waste pickers are at the World Urban Forum to draw attention to the benefits of inclusive cities – those cities that tap into the immense power of workers in informal employment.

Pakistan Women’s Welfare: HomeNet Head to Be Recognised The Express Tribune . (7 August 2012)

Ume Laila Azhar, the HomeNet Pakistan executive director, has been selected by the International Alliance for Women World of Difference as one of the 100 women from around the world working for the uplift of women.

India Beedi Workers to Protest Move to Stop Scholarships The Times of India . (22 July 2012)

Karnataka State Beedi Workers Federation is all set to stage a stir against a move to stop scholarship, being provided to the children of beedi workers from class I to VIII. Federation president B Madhava said this equals to Central government snatching away the rights of the children of beedi workers though in the guise of implementing Right to Free and Compulsory Education (RTE) Act.

India Beedi Workers to Hold ‘B’lore Chalo’ on July 25 Deccan Herald . (20 July 2012)

Opposing the move of the Labour department, to withdraw the scholarship given to children of beedi workers studying between class one and eight, Karnataka State Beedi Workers Federation will hold Bangalore chalo, on July 25. A memorandum will be submitted to the Commissioner of Welfare Board.

Bangladesh Another Bullet-Hit Akij Bidi Worker Dies The Daily Star . (17 July 2012)

Another bullet-wounded worker of Akij Bidi Factory succumbed to his injuries at Rajshahi Medical College Hospital early Tuesday raising the death toll there to three.

Pakistan Legal Cover for Home-Based Workers Talked The Nation . (16 July 2012)

The speakers at workshop to review the policy and legislation for home-based workers highlighted the socioeconomic problems being confronted by the home-based women workers in the country here the other day.

India MHADA Makes U-turn, Flummoxes Beedi Workers Pune Mirror . (13 July 2012)
By Chavan, Vijay.

A day after Mirrorreported how a private realtor allegedly grabbed 3.17 acres of land worth Rs 30 crore in Kharadi meant for 220 beedi workers in violation of the Maharashtra Housing and Development Authority (MHADA) rules that state a third party builder cannot be involved, MHADA has denied the rule exists.

India MHADA Smokescreen for Beedi Workers’ Land Pune Mirror . (12 July 2012)
By Chavan, Vijay.

In 2000, the Maharashtra Housing and Development Authority (MHADA) allotted a parcel of 3.17 acres of land to 220 beedi workers attached to factories across the city. The mandate was that the beedi workers would build their own houses on little slices of this land.

India Slash in Scholarship Irks Beedi Workers Deccan Herald . (11 July 2012)

Condemning the Central government for slashing the scholarship amount for the children of beedi workers for the current year, members of Beedi Workers Association and district unit of Student Federation of India (SFI), staged a protest demonstration in Mandya on Tuesday.

India is reaching out to Africa with its expertise in grassroots development and gender empowerment projects to help poor women in countries like Ghana, Mali, Burkina Faso and Nigeria become self-reliant with sustainable farm-based and traditional livelihoods.