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

This article describes the situation of home-based workers in India. It cites studies by WIEGO and HomeNet South Asia.

Pakistan Regularise home-based workers, register them with SESSI, EOBI The News Pakistan . (21 October 2017)

Home-based workers play a crucial role in the development of any national economy and it is necessary that their rights are accepted and protected in sincerity if Pakistan is to truly progress, said Zehra Khan, general secretary of the Home-Based Women Workers Federation (HBWWF), on Friday.

Pakistan Home based workers demanding Basic Rights Be Xpress . (21 October 2017)

The home-based workers are playing a crucial role in the economy and it is necessary that their rights be accepted for the progress of the country. On the South Asian home-based workers day, we demand the Sindh government that it should legislate for their rights and get them registered with social security and pension funds like other workers.”

Pakistan Workers demand decent work, adequate wages The Nation Pakistan . (8 October 2017)

Trade unionists took out a rally here on Saturday to mark International Decent Work Day. The rally was organised by National Trade Union Federation and Home Based Women Workers Federation on the appeal of Industrial Global Union.

Myanmar Thailand Call to guard domestic workers' rights Bangkok Post . (27 September 2017)
By Charoensuthipan, Penchan.

Labour advocacy groups are calling on the government to better protect the rights and welfare of migrant domestic workers in the light of Myanmar's rule barring its citizens from getting jobs in other countries as home workers. Poonsap Tulaphan, manager of Homenet Thailand, who advocates for home workers, said Myanmar in particular does not allow its people to be employed as home workers under the memorandum of understanding (MoU) system.

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WIEGO Home-based Worker Specialist Shalini Sinha and Firoza Mehrotra of HomeNetSouth Asia are interviewed in this video.

Pakistan Factory workers demand efforts to safeguard labour rights The International News . (24 April 2017)

Marking the fourth anniversary of Rana Plaza disaster in Bangladesh that claimed lives of over 1,100 factory workers, labour support organisations and trade unions in Karachi organised a protest on Sunday in solidarity with the victims.

Pakistan CM lauded for approving HBW’s policy The Nation . (22 April 2017)

HomeNet Pakistan and home based workers of Punjab has welcomed the Punjab chief minster’s initiative to approve the HBW’s policy in provincial cabinet. The policy approval makes Punjab the second province in the country to legally recognise home-based workers. It is indeed a step forward toward the recognition of the home based workers of the province.


The Policy on Home Based Workers is intended to develop strategies, plans and programmes for the protection & promotion of rights and benefits of the Home Based Workers (HBWs). The goal of the policy is to recognise and accept the rights of the HBWs through legislative and administrative actions; accord legal equality; focus on their needs, concerns and demands through an institutional approach at all levels.

Pakistan Government's initiative to approve HBWs policy lauded Pakistan Today . (22 April 2017)

HomeNet Pakistan and home-based workers of Punjab have welcomed Punjab Chief Minster Shahbaz Sharif’s initiative to approve the HBWs policy in the Provincial Cabinet.

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).