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India Gurgaon street vendors to file contempt case in Supreme Court Hindustan Times . (25 March 2017)
By Jha , Dhananjay.

NASVI said the apex court direction stands clear that rehris (street vendors) have to be relocated in the area in which they have been operating for the last few years. Following the direction of the court, the Municipal Corporation of Gurugram (MCG) had set up a committee to rehabilitate the city’s street vendors in an organised manner.

By Reeve , Rebecca.

When you walk into the SEWA (Self-Employed Women’s Association) Ruaab production centre in Sunder Nagri, Northeast Delhi, you will see between 10-15 women sitting cross-legged on the floor in front of embroidery stools. Some may have a child in their laps, while others just chat about their days as they weave coloured thread, beads and sequins onto the fabric that is stretched tightly over the stools before them.

Pakistan Speakers stress provision of rights to home-based workers The Nation Pakistan . (17 March 2017)

Speaking at a one-day provincial conference on Home Based Workers (HBWs) on ‘Finalisation of the Implementation of Strategy for HBWs in Sindh,’, jointly organised by HomeNet Pakistan, Pakistan Institute of Labour Education and Research (PILER) and Oxfam at PILER Centre here on Thursday, they demanded the government to rectify the Convention C177 (Home  Work Convention, 1996).

India Women empowerment crucial for peace in Afghanistan: India Telangana Today . (16 March 2017)

India’s Permanent Representative to the UN Ambassador Syed Akbaruddin cited the example of an Indian NGO named Self-Employed Women’s Association (SEWA) which is working with the women in Afghanistan.

Ethiopia Ethiopia rubbish landslide kills 48 in Addis Ababa BBC News . (13 March 2017)

At least 48 people have been killed in a landslide at a vast rubbish dump on the outskirts of Ethiopia's capital Addis Ababa, officials say. They say dozens of people are still missing since the landslide on Saturday night at the Koshe landfill. A resident said 150 people were there at the time.

Accra Ghana AMA used ‘crude tactics’ to eject traders – Accra mayor Ghana Web . (13 March 2017)

Previous administrations of the Accra Metropolitan Area (AMA) have used ineffective “crude tactics” to remove traders from authorised locations in the capital, the president’s nominee for AMA Chief Executive, Mohammed Adjei Sowah, has suggested.

India ‘Delhi government failed to put in place street vending scheme’ The Sunday Guardian . (11 March 2017)
By Mondal, Dibyendu.

Arbind Singh, programme director of the National Association of Street Vendors of India (NASVI) said, “The Delhi government failed to put in place  the street vending scheme as per the Act passed in Parliament in 2014.  The Delhi High Court had asserted that street vendors should not be harassed till a conclusion is reached on the matter. Despite this, street vendors are being harassed by the police and corporations on a daily basis across Delhi.”

By Zofeen, Ebrahim.

Zehra Khan has much to celebrate on International Women’s Day. It is exactly four months since members of the Home-Based Women Workers Federation (HBWWF) in Sindh province, Pakistan – of which Khan is secretary general – finally received legal recognition.The province’s chief minister, Syed Murad Ali Shah, signed a policy that means the region’s estimated 5 million home-based workers – the majority of whom are women – can register as workers and access benefits.

“It was an important day not only for the history of the labour movement in Sindh and Pakistan, but also for south Asia,” says Khan, whose federation has more than 4,500 members. “Once they are legally accepted as workers, they can be registered with the government-run social security institution, [and] be part of [the] workers’ welfare board to enjoy benefits like health, education and housing, as well as those offered after retirement,” she adds.
Almost 80% of an estimated 12 million Pakistani home-based workers are women. As well as unpaid domestic work, the women often spend up to 10 hours a day making garments, footwear, sports goods, and arts and crafts behind closed doors. Their work is often invisible to the rest of the world, despite having propped up the country’s informal economy for so long.

By Datta, Anil.

The Pakistan Institute of Labour Education and Research (Piler) and HomeNet Pakistan, an association of home-based women workers, have demanded immediate implementation of the policy paper on home-based workers, saying the paper was supposed to be out by the end of December 2016, but to date it has not yet seen the light of the day.

Pakistan Tribute to women workers The Nation Pakistan . (8 March 2017)

HomeNet Pakistan Executive director Umme Laila said that through purposeful collaboration, we can help women advance and unleash the limitless potential offered to economies the world over.