Home-Based Workers International Network

HomeNet International (HNI) is a global network of membership-based workers’ organizations representing thousands of home-based workers (HBWs) around the world. In February 2021, 36 HBW organizations from 20 countries became the first affiliate members to join the organization, representing more than 600 000 HBWs. Currently, HNI represents more than 1.2 million home-based workers, from 75 organizations spread across 33 countries. The network aims to achieve the following: raise visibility and gain recognition of home-based workers (HBWs) as workers, build and provide solidarity amongst HBWs around common issues and use the power of a global voice to influence governments and employers globally.


Home-based workers organisations organizing in South Africa, Uganda, Tanzania, Kenya, Ethiopia.

Coordinadora Regional de Organizaciones de Trabjadores y Trabajadoras en Domicilio en América Latina y el Caribe, organizing home-based workers in Latin America.


A sub-regional network of national networks of home-based workers in six countries in the region.


A regional network of home-based workers organizations across eight countries in the region. 


HomeNet Eastern Europe and Central Asia (HNEECA) is a regional organization representing 15 organisations from 11 countries.


Since the pandemic began, home-based and homeworkers who produce goods and services for local markets or as subcontracted workers for national and global supply chains have not had orders or sales for weeks, even months. The COVID-19 crisis has created new challenges that have left millions in desperate circumstances. Learn more about their organizing, demands and solidarity support.


Consult the calendar of events to learn more about the Network’s activities and how they organize to effectively engage with members and key audiences in different locations. 

Home-based Workers Celebrated International HBWs Day Across the World

On October 20th, home-based workers (HBWs) celebrated International Home-Based Workers Day. This day aims to recognize the contributions of millions of home-based workers to the economy and society, and serves as a reminder of the challenges they face and the need for their recognition and support. International HBWs Day was established to commemorate the signing

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HomeNet Africa’s Exposure Visit to SEWA: Gaining Valuable Insights on the Constitution-building Process for Membership-based Organisations

From 11-14 September, HomeNet International organised an exposure visit for three HomeNet Africa representatives to SEWA, the single largest trade union of informal economy women workers, and also an HNI affiliate. Among the participants were HomeNet Kenya’s Chairperson and HNI Treasurer Jemima Nyakongo, Thabile Nxumalo, representative of Home-based Workers South Africa Association, and HomeNet Africa

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HNI’s New Gender Committee

By: Tatiana Rojas and Sarbani Kattel In April of this year, at the HNI Congress, a pivotal decision was made. The Executive Committee recognized the need to establish a Gender Committee, acknowledging that a significant majority of HNI members are women who bear the dual burden of poverty and gender discrimination. This committee was designed

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