About Us

HomeNet South Asia is a regional network of home-based worker organisations spread across eight countries. These include Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan, and Sri Lanka. Founded in 2000, we are South Asia’s first and only network for home-based workers.

Through our initiatives and efforts, we aim to:

  1. Build regional solidarity among home-based workers and their representative organisations. We also create platforms for learning and sharing amongst them.
  2. Advocate for relevant policies that include home-based workers in national statistics, Government programmes, and ensure worker's rights.
  3. Ensure visibility of home-based workers by strengthening their collective voice.
  4. Create better economic opportunities.
  5. Secure social security.
  6. Develop the capacities of grassroot-level organisations.

In the years since our inception, we have emerged as a leading voice for home-based workers in the region. Our initiatives, in our member countries, empower women, home-based workers and help them improve their lives and livelihoods.

Our Members

HNSA’s network is made of member-based organisations (MBOs) and non-governmental organisations (NGOs) that are based in South Asia. These include trade unions, cooperatives, producer companies, social enterprises, and NGOs that engage with home-based workers. We have 60 members from the region.

Our History: A Brief Timeline

  • Home-based workers start organising around the world in varying capacities. One of the first organisations to highlight the presence and contribution of home-based workers is India’s SEWA.

  • Sustained efforts by trade unions, academicians, NGOs, and cooperatives are realised when the International Labour Organisation (ILO) adapts the Convention on Home Work (C177) – the first comprehensive standard in support of home workers.

  • With technical assistance from WIEGO, South Asian governments meet with international unions, home-based worker organisations, Self Employed Women’s Association (SEWA) and United Nations Development Fund for Women (UNIFEM) to formulate the Kathmandu Declaration. The historical declaration calls for the formation of country-wise National Policies that ensure minimum protection with regards to social and economic security. It also urges SAARC to recognise the issues that home-based workers face in a globalised world.

  • HomeNet South Asia is born.

  • HomeNet South Asia acquires legal identity and is a registered as a Charitable Trust in Mauritius.