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Theme: Informal Economy
Occupational Group(s): Home-Based Workers
Region(s): India ; South Asia
By Dave, Janhavi.

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

"Eight out of ten working women in urban India are informally employed. The women who work in garment factories, construction sites, as rag-pickers, tailors, and domestic helpers have no social security, no formal places of work and no legal contracts to protect their rights. The Startup Wednesday show brings to you the challenges of home-based working women and startups that are employing and empowering women in India. Watch as experts, entrepreneurs and the working women themselves talk about the issues they face."


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

India The Kutch Renaissance. Live Mint . (20 January 2017)

It's been 16 years since the Bhuj earthquake wiped out lives, livelihoods and villages. A journey through the region now reveals how it has found new life through crafts, and how tradition has become its route to modernity.

By Tandon, Suneera.

India’s female labour force participation rate is just 27%, one of the lowest in the world. The dismal number is the result of persistent gender inequality, as well as a lack of technical skills and jobs for women. And that’s why, 83-year-old Ela Bhatt has dedicated her life to fighting for change.

Urban informal livelihoods should be on the New Urban Agenda, said Professor Martha Chen from Harvard Kennedy School at an event ‘Women’s Economic and Social Rights in India: ‘Exploring New Collaborations and Engagements’.

India Art, artisan and micro-financing. Greater Kashmir . (12 December 2016)
By Kashmir , Greater.

Despite skilled, they have failed to lift their lives to modern living standard. Reason has been the lack of access to the formal financial resources.

By Harsh Mander, Anirban Bhattacharya, Nandini Dey & Vivek Mishra., .

Home-based workers hit. As we stepped into her ramshackle abode, she was making chapatis on firewood. She explained that she had been forced to discontinue her LPG connection as her supplier refused to accept old notes.

This comes in the wake of a delegation of 15 Tanzanian union Self Help Group (SHG) leaders and NGO coordinators who are in Ahmedabad this week to study SEWA's organising of informal workers.

India Ela Bhatt appointed chairperson of Gandhi Ashram Trust. The Times of India . (16 October 2016)

Ela Bhatt, Gandhian and founder of Self Employed Women's Association (Sewa), accepted the post of chairperson of Sabarmati Gandhi Ashram Preservation and Memorial Trust on Saturday.

India 'Give maternity leave to women in unorganized sector'. The Times of India . (9 October 2016)

The bill, passed in August 2016, has completely left out female labourers, self-employed women, housewives, female farmers and other poor women. These women get no compassion at home or workplace which in turn is bound to have a fallout on the rearing of the child.