HomeNet International

In 2018, representatives of HBWs from five regions met in Stockholm, Sweden along with WIEGO. They unanimously decided to take concrete steps to set up a global network of HBWs. An Interim International Working Group with one representative and an alternate from each region was established to steer the process over a two-year period that would culminate with the launch of HomeNet International in 2020. They agreed to an extensive consultative process to ensure home-based workers and through their membership-based organizations fully participate in making decisions about the proposed network. An interim international working group with one representative from each region, has been set up to steer the process over a two year period, culminating in a global conference.


HomeNet International (HNI) is a global network of membership-based organisations of home-based workers due to be formally launched in 2021.

Key Functions of HNI are:


The vision of HNI " is for greater visibility and recognition of home-based workers, and a strong, united and representative voice on global platforms, where they effectively engage and challenge those who have power over their working lives, such as governments and employers "


  1. Democratic, accountable membership-based organizations of home-based workers including trade unions, cooperatives, associations, self-help groups and, home-based worker producer owned companies or
  2. Democratic, accountable membership-based federations, networks or alliances of home-based workers, or
  3. Multi-sector membership-based organizations where home-based workers are a part, provided that the affiliation to HNI is based only on the number of home-based workers in the affiliate and that representation in HNI is from the HBW section only.
  4. All the above potential MBO affiliates (a to c above) will be required to also meet the following criteria:
    1. Either be registered as a membership-based organization of home- based workers or function as such and fulfill the conditions at (ii) to (viii) below
    2. Work at local and/or national / country level
    3. Have a written constitution / rules
    4. Have evidence of a governing body elected by the home-based worker members
    5. Have regular financial reports
    6. Be independent of political and / or religious bodies as well as employers.
    7. Have a minimum number of fifty (50) HBW members or the minimum number specified by the regional bodies to which they are affiliated, whichever is more
    8. Become a member of the relevant regional body where it exists
  • To strengthen the voice and create visibility for HBWs and your organizations working with HBWs
  • To learn and exchange knowledge with organisations of HBWs from different regions
  • To receive solidarity from other network members
  • To become aware about global dialogues around home-based work
  • To influence global stakeholders and organisations influencing home-based work and HBWs
  • To be a part of global campaigns, especially around ratification and implementation of ILO Convention 177 and policies for home-based workers, including implementation of ILO Recommendation 204

There is no cost to apply right now

. Members will be expected to pay an annual fee once HNI is launched. The amount will be agreed upon by the Congress, where affiliates will have a voice and a vote.
If your organisation is keen to become a member of HNI, please request for an Application Form from the representatives in each region, under Contact Us.
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