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

Recently, the U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) announced that it will start a partnership with the Self-Employed Women's Association (SEWA) in India. The partnership aims to increase access to land, financial resources, and skills for rural women.

Pakistan Home-based workers deprived of social coverage. Business Recorder . (17 September 2016)

A large number of home-based men and women soccer ball stitching workers are confronting multi-dimensional problems and they are facing difficulties in obtaining computerised national identity cards and other basic facilities. Approximately 50 percent of these rural home based women workers (HBWW) do not have computerized national identity cards (CNICs) and it deprives them of many legal privileges like social protection coverage and eligibility to find employment in the formal sector.

By Walker, Lesley.

The majority of domestic workers in Qatar make about QR1,571 ($431) a month, according to a new survey by an online recruitment firm.

Kenya World Bank completes Sh1billion slum upgrade in Eldoret. The Star . (17 September 2016)
By Ndanyi, Mathews.

The World Bank has completed a slum upgrading project in Eldoret town at a cost of more than Sh1billion. The project included tarmacking of roads and installation of street lights in slum areas including Huruma, Munyaka, Kamukunji and Langas Estates.

Nigeria Fulani settlement, residents decry planned eviction by govt. Daily Trust . (14 September 2016)
By P. Ngbokai, Richard.

After over 50 years of settlement, residents said they have been threatened to leave the community within two weeks, without due consultation.

By Gambrell, Holly.

The European Union has strict guidelines on evictions, stating that if a government evicts a population from their homes they must provide them with a new place to live that reaches a better standard than the previous residence. But this is normally not the case when evicting the Roma in Italy.

United Kingdom of Great Britain & Northern Ireland More women are self-employed, but at what cost?. Money Observer . (12 September 2016)
By Gerner, Marina.

Self-employment among women in the UK has increased by 22 per cent over the past four years, according to research from Prudential. But this could widen the existing retirement income gender gap, because women who work for themselves are less likely to save for a pension.

Pakistan Govt taking measure to empower women, says minister. The News International . (30 August 2016)

Provincial Minister for Women Development Hameeda Waheedud Din has said that effective implementation of measures for protection of women and their economic empowerment was being ensured. She said that 100 home-based workers would be given training with the cooperation of APWA and ILO.

By Chandran, Rina.

The Indian state of Maharashtra will give women slum dwellers equal ownership rights with men, the first such move by the state where millions live in the very poor neighborhoods.

Pakistan Working out gender discrimination. TNS . (28 August 2016)
By Laila Azhar, Ume.

Homeworkers produce goods for global supply chains from within or around their own homes. They do works ranging from stitching garments and weaving textiles, stitching shoe-uppers and footballs, producing craft products, processing and preparing food items, rolling incense sticks, cigarettes and cigars, assembling or packaging electronics, automobile parts, and pharmaceutical products.