09 May 2022

The ocean is the lifeline of the Maldives. It is the calming blues of the ocean that draws in tourists to the country. And it is the food from the oceans that sustains the lives and livelihoods of

23 Feb 2022

Deepa, a home-based worker lives with her family in Tirupur, Tamil Nadu, India. She has been working as a home-based, garment trimmer for the past eight years and her husband works as a master

05 Jan 2022

There are more than 67 million home-based workers in South Asia, of which a majority are women. Yet, they remain one of the most invisible sectors of informal workers in the region. Vulnerable

07 Dec 2021

For SEWA Ruaab the pandemic provided a unique scenario – a chance to reinvent, breathe life into a struggling enterprise. Founded in 2010, Ruaab is rooted in the Self-Employed Women’s Association

15 Sep 2021

How A Grassroot-Level Organiser, In Ahmedabad, India, Gave Up Her Daily Wages In Order To Organise Her Community And Link Them To Basic Services. Ramilaben lives in a crowded settlement of over

15 Sep 2021

How A Newly-Confident Grassroot-Level Organiser Helped Hundreds Of Women Access Work During The First Wave Of The Pandemic. “I wouldn’t even have the courage to speak,” Noorbanu says, recalling

15 Sep 2021

A Home-Based Worker Leader Dedicates Her Energies To Building Awareness On The Issue Of Violence Among Women Workers And Their Families. “Just a few months ago, one of the home-based workers in my

15 Sep 2021

A Home-Based Worker Leader From Nepal’s Kathmandu Valley Is Ensuring Voice To Victims Of Violence. Bhagbati Gautam has been a home-based worker for more than a decade, working and living in

10 Aug 2021

Founded in 1988 under Seva Mandir’s income generation programme, Sadhna is a women-led home-based worker enterprise specialising in textile crafts. When it was founded, Sadhna was unique because

29 Jun 2021

The year 2020 was a landmark year for HomeNet South Asia. It was two decades ago, in a historic setting, in 2000, that governments from across South Asia came together with SEWA, WIEGO, UNIFEM (UN

20 May 2021

“We are struggling for our basic meals and are under a lot of stress.”These words by Shabnam Shaikh, a home-based garment worker from India’s Ahmedabad, resonate with the lived experience of over

18 Mar 2021

For centuries, the South Asian region has been renowned for its textile traditions and heritage. These skills have been nurtured and perfected not in busy factories and by famous brands but by

25 Aug 2020

New Delhi – India’s capital – is battling a particularly rough 2020. In February, 2020, riots broke out in large parts of the city. And just while the capital was limping back to normalcy, COVID-

25 Aug 2020

For the far-removed eye, the landscape of North-Eastern Nepal can represent a veritable paradise. It is made up of towering mountains and hills whose peaks are often haloed with swirls of mist and

14 Jul 2020

In the era of lockdowns and physical distancing, grassroot-level organisations face challenges when communicating with and staying in touch with its membership. Women home-based workers, across

29 Jun 2020

The spread of COVID-19 across South Asia has resulted in the large-scale shutdown of business operations. While almost all industries have been adversely affected, the garment industry is one of

18 Jun 2020

The COVID-19 outbreak has impacted global garment supply chains causing brands and retailers to close shops and cancel orders from sourcing factories. This has resulted in mass layoffs and has had

06 May 2020

In April, this year, a much-dreaded headline popped up on news feeds across India. Dharavi – Asia’s largest slum – reported its first COVID-19 related death. The narrow lanes of Dharavi – where

31 Mar 2020

The 2019-2020 Coronavirus pandemic has brought the world to a grinding halt. As of late March 2020, the disease has infected citizens from across the world and has resulted in the deaths of many

30 Mar 2020

The terms ‘invisible’ or ‘hidden’ are often used when referring to women homeworkers in garment and footwear supply chains. Their work is often undervalued and remains unseen by the retailers and

19 Mar 2020

South Asia’s 50 million home-based workers, a majority of whom are women, are significant contributors. Their earnings ensure the welfare of their families, communities and national economies.

20 Feb 2020

This year, the Australian Open brought cheer to India’s leading garment hub – Tiruppur. The Hindu, a national daily, reported that ball boys and girls along with courtside statisticians, at the

16 Aug 2019

Home-based work is a critical source of employment in the South Asian region and, estimates suggest, that it is home to over 50 million home-based workers. In the countries that make up South Asia

04 Jan 2019

How A Social Enterprise In Udaipur Organises And Links Home-Based Workers To Global Supply Chains It was a quiet day, when we arrived, in Kamli Ka Guda. The expansive highways that stretch out of

12 Jun 2018

A day in the life of Maya - “I can just about feed my family, why do I need a policy for home-based workers?” laments Maya, a home-based worker. Maya, lives with her husband, a daily wage labourer

07 Jun 2018

The 22nd May 2018 was a truly red letter day for home-based workers across the world. Representatives of the five regions of South East Asia, South Asia, Africa, Eastern Europe & Central Asia

30 Jan 2018

Earlier this year, during a two-day workshop, we invited various civil society organisations, the ILO, NGOs, and academics to share their recommendations and ideas on the initial draft of the

02 Jan 2018

Homeworkers produce goods for global supply chains from within or around their own homes. The work they do can vary greatly: stitching garments and weaving textiles; stitching shoe uppers and

02 Jan 2018

Visit to one of the slum areas in Ahmedabad was undertaken with the purpose of getting better understanding of the work related to surgical devices that was given to HBWs. On exploring the area

09 Feb 2015

We, the members of 60 networks, associations and trade unions of home-based workers, together with nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) and researchers from 24 countries, met in New Delhi on the