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

BTS speaks with Prabha Pokhrel of HomeNet South Asia on the problems faced by homeworkers in Nepal.

China, Hong Kong, Special Administrative Region Hong Kong firm making Disney toys in China under investigation for mistreating workers. South China Morning Post . (3 August 2016)

Zhenyang is just one of a vast network of subcontracted factories across China producing toys for Disney. An estimated 75 per cent of toys sold worldwide are still made in China, even though other low-skill, low-pay industries have migrated to countries such as Bangladesh, Vietnam and Cambodia.

Ghana Squatters dare AMA. We're coming back. Graphic Online . (2 August 2016)
By Yakubu Abdul-Jalil & Timothy Ngnenbe, .

A year after the Accra Metropolitan Assembly (AMA) had demolished some illegal structures at Agbogbloshie and its environs in Accra, some of the squatters have returned to the place to settle.

By Macwan , Jyoti.

BTS speaks with Jyoti Macwan of the Self Employed Women’s Association of India on the invisibility of homeworkers in the Indian labour force.

By Hussein, Abdikarim.

Residents of Kibagare slum in Kangemi barricaded Waiyaki Way using bonfires after Deputy President William Ruto ordered that part of their land be reverted back to neighbouring Nairobi School.

Indonesia Couple turning trash to treasure in Indonesia. Postbulletin . (31 July 2016)
By Kennedy, Megan.

They founded Revive Hope Goods, a business that transforms waste into jewelry and other consumer goods - in effect, turning "trash into treasures," as the business claims on its website, www.facebook.com/ReviveHopeGoods. Its employees are some of Indonesia's poorest women.

Tanzania, United Republic of Independent Mothers in the Ocean's Farm. All Africa . (30 July 2016)
By Jensen, Anne Kidmose.

Since the early 1990s Zanzibar Island has been exporting seaweed on a large scale to the outside world, according to research by Women in Informal Employment: Globalizing and Organizing (WIEGO), and especially the seaweed specie known as Spinosum is popular.

India A law against children. The Indian Express . (29 July 2016)
By Mander, Harsh.

Nearly 32 per cent of total women workers outside agriculture are home-based workers. Around 73 per cent of these women engage in home-based manufacture, in sectors such as apparel, tobacco products and textiles. Once work is undertaken within the four walls of a home, children routinely (but up to now unlawfully) assist their mothers for long hours to complete and maximise their "piece-work" orders.

Indonesia Community defy forced evictions amid divisive political climate. The Jakarta Post . (27 July 2016)
By Mariani, Evi.

More than 200 families chose to remain living on the ruins of their houses after the city administration demolished them for the Kota Tua revitalization project.

United States of America Brazil In Rio's bulldozed favelas, echoes of America's shantytowns. The Conversation . (26 July 2016)
By Goff, Lisa.

Equally famous feature of Rio - its miles and miles of vibrant, urban slums known as favelas - won't be on display. That's because the Rio city government has spent months evicting residents, demolishing their shacks and constructing miles of roadside walls to hide the shantytowns from view of arriving Olympic visitors.