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Theme: Informal Economy
Occupational Group(s): Home-Based Workers
India Landless Families Make a Living Rolling Beedis Deccan Herald . (25 May 2012)
By Nanjundappa, T..

Most of the people living in this village do not possess land and therefore cannot practice agriculture. Beedi rolling had become the primary occupation of the people who are economically and socially backward.

India SEWA, IFC to Provide Eco Friendly Lamps to Over 2 Lakh The Economic Times . (24 May 2012)

Ahmedabad-based Self Employed Women's Association (SEWA) and International Finance Corporation (IFC) will provide energy-efficient cooking stoves and solar lanterns to more than two lakh people in the state.

In an otherwise ‘electricity surplus’ Gujarat, the International Finance Corporation, a member of the World Bank Group, on Thursday announced a partnership with the Self-Employed Women’s Association (SEWA) for providing solar stoves and lanterns to its two lakh rural women members in the State.

Pakistan Sindh Women Dept to Formulate Women Policy Pakistan Today . (23 May 2012)

Sindh Department for Women Development is in process of a comprehensive policy formulation for women empowerment, with major focus on mainstreaming gender issues in the law and their subsequent implementation mechanisms, said Mussarat Jabeen, a senior official of the department.

India Beedi Workers Will Stage Protest The Times of India . (22 May 2012)

The SK Beedi Workers Federation will stage a protest in front of the deputy commissioner's office here on June 5 demanding immediate implementation of minimum wages fixed by the labour department for beedi workers.

India Don’t Slap Heavy Tax on Bidi to Protect Workers The Independent . (21 May 2012)

The state should protect the interests of poor workers engaged in bidi factories, the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) chairman, Dr Mizanur Rahman, said here on Sunday.

By Georgetown University, .

Ela BhattEla Bhatt, a longtime advocate for women in India, told students graduating from the Georgetown University Walsh School of Foreign Service (SFS) today that poverty is “a form of violence perpetuated with the consent of the society” that cannot be eradicated without empowerment. Bhatt was awarded an honorary degree from Walsh SFS, a Doctor of Humane Letters, honoris causa. In the same week she was also awarded an honorary Doctorate from L’Université Libre de Bruxelles.

In addition to this news story, you can read Ela's commencement address.

You can read more about Ela's honorary degree from the Walsh School of Foreign Service at the Georgetown commencement site.

You can read more about Ela's honorary degree from L’Université Libre de Bruxelles in this University's Program for honorary degree recipients.

Pakistan Women Development Dept to Consider Workers’ Issues Pakistan Today . (19 May 2012)

Sindh Women Development Department in collaboration with UN Women and Asian Development Bank is organizing a one-day forum on “Strategic Dialogue on Addressing the Concerns of Formal and Informal Women Workers in Policies and Programs,” on May 22.

South Canara Beedi Workers Federation, a unit of Centre of Indian Trade Unions (CITU) staged a protest on Thursday May 17 demanding that minimum wages for beedi workers be according to the Minimum Wages Act, under section 5(1)A.

United States Policy Matters: The Informal Economy Harvard Kennedy School News . (17 May 2012)
By Megias, Mari.

On a tour of a slum settlement in Ahmedabad City, India, Martha “Marty” Chen paused when she noticed a woman hunched over a neat row of little pill bottles.