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Theme: Informal Economy
Occupational Group(s): Home-Based Workers
Cambodia Having a VOICE in Phnom Penh. Khmer Times . (26 August 2016)
By Owens, Karen.

Throughout the world many families and children are homeless or displaced. This week I talked to Hillary Larman, a representative for VOICE in Cambodia. VOICE is a small organization in Phnom Penh supporting groups of people affected by homelessness.

By Lal, Neeta.

The law will benefit only a minuscule percentage of women, while ignoring the majority who are working as contractual labour, farmers, self-employed women and housewives.

Brazil The Families Displaced by the Rio Olympics CityLab . (19 August 2016)
By Anzilotti, Eillie.

At the edge of the Jacarepagua Lagoon in Rio’s Favela Vila Autódromo, three brothers stand, arms around each other. One holds an emergency flare high above his head, like a torch. He stares straight ahead as the flame burns down to the end. It takes a whole minute.

Second, I would build infrastructure: roads, a solid waste management system, sewers and storm drainage system. I would build decent, modest and affordable houses for the homeless which is what the slum dwellers are. I don't want "slum upgrading;" that is rubbish.

By De la Jara, Antonio.

Bachelet proposed a 5 percentage point hike to the current 10 percent contribution rate within 10 years that would be paid for exclusively by employers. Contributions from self-employed workers would gradually become mandatory, she said.

By Reuters, .

"These are the most invisible of informal workers," said Indira Gartenberg, who has researched home based-workers with non-profit LEARN in Mumbai. "Their situation is worse than a sweatshop, because at least in the sweatshop they don't have to pay for electricity and water and rent and they get paid regularly," she said.

Sierra Leone A visit to Kroo Bay slum. Awoko . (8 August 2016)
By Robinson, Chetanya.

The youth representative explained that for ten years the people of Kroo Bay had been talking to the press about what they needed: a bridge and major upgrades to the slums. Nothing had changed. In fact, residents feared things were getting worse and the government wanted to evict them to build on the area, and perhaps send them to a place in the countryside where it would be hard to make a living.

Coming to Mumbai from Andhra Pradesh in search of livelihood, to working in Dharavi slum as vegetable seller, domestic worker and more. This is the story of one woman, and many others like her who are fighting for their rights.

Thailand Evicted families receive new home. Pattaya Mail . (5 August 2016)
By Grainger, Marg.

At the end of March, three families were evicted from the Khao Talo slum area as the owner wanted the land back so that he could develop it. Having nowhere to go the families came to the Hand to Hand Foundation seeking emergency help. Almost instantly Mr. Lee from the Premier Oilfield Services came forward with the offer to build rooms for these families and shortly afterwards the construction began.

By Chandran, Rina.

Nadelkari and her friends are among nearly 38 million home-based workers in India, according to a 2012 survey by WIEGO, a global non-profit focused on informal workers.