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Theme: Informal Economy
Occupational Group(s): Home-Based Workers
India Empowering Informal Workers Financial Chronicle . (25 April 2012)
By Kothari, Brij.

India’s workforce is around 500 million. Only 40 million are in the formal sector, including, government employees and the private sector. The remaining 460 million, or 92 per cent, are in the informal sector, including vegetable vendors, hawkers, wastepickers, construction workers, domestic help and farmers.

India Sewa 'Plays' Into Janta's Hearts The Times of India . (17 April 2012)

On the occasion of Sewa Bharat - the national unifying body of Self Employed Women's Association (Sewa) - completing 40 years, it celebrated by hosting an event at the Seth Mangaldas Town Hall on Monday evening.

Pakistan ‘Legislation Vital to Protect Legitimate Rights’ The International News . (15 April 2012)

Comprehensive legislation is imperative to protect the legitimate rights of Home Based workers (HBW), said DO Social Welfare Sarfraz Ahmed.

India For Her, There’s Nothing Above SEWA Ahmedabad Mirror . (14 April 2012)
By Rathore, Anurita.

This article is about Ela Bhatt, founder of SEWA (Self-Employed Women's Association) and about the history of SEWA over the past 40 years.

Lebanon Arab Women Blaze Trails in Start-Ups The Wall Street Journal . (12 April 2012)

Conferences for start-ups and entrepreneurs often feature "pitch contests," slots in which aspiring entrepreneurs take to the stage to sell their ideas to the audience. Last month's ArabNet conference, held in the Lebanese capital, was no different. What was different, however, was the number of pitches from female entrepreneurs

India Counting 40, Bapu Way The Times of India . (11 April 2012)
By Nair, Nisha.

The Self Employed Women's Association (Sewa) celebrated 40 years, since its founding and the flavour of the celebrations was 'Bapuji'.

India Self Employed Women's Association Opens First Community Museum The Times of India . (10 April 2012)

The first community museum in the state, Hansiba Museum, developed by Self Employed Women's Association (SEWA) was inaugurated in Radhanpur, Banaskantha on Monday.

Australia The Fair Work Act Changes & What These Mean Ethical Clothing Australia . (4 April 2012)

In response to the recent amendments made to the Fair Work Act, Ethical Clothing Australia clarifies the changes.

Pakistan A Taste of Rural World Shared at Meena Bazaar The Daily Times . (2 April 2012)

Home-based workers and women coming from the rural background held a Meena Bazaar on Sunday, displaying apparels for women and children, and other fashion accessories at more than 50 stalls.

Pakistan Home-Based Workers Task Force to Remove Lacunas From Bill Dawn.com . (31 March 2012)
By Shah, Sadia Qasim.

A task force will soon be formed to help remove lacunas from the ‘Home-Based Workers Bill’ within three months so that it could be tabled in the provincial assembly again.