On 30th April 2021, home-based workers affiliate members of HNI came together to commemorate International Workers’ Day, along with emerging affiliates, allies and sister organizations, to highlight their struggles and demands more than one year into the pandemic.
Ela Bhatt, the founder of SEWA and the pioneer of home-based workers movement traces the history of the movement.
Home-based workers united through song in different languages for HNI Launch.

Ugandan Home-Based Workers displaying traditional dance and attire.

Solidarity messages and song by COTRADO ALAC.

Messages of solidarity from HBWs from Vietnam, Philippines, IndonesiaCambodia, Laos and Thailand.

HomeNet South Asia takes us on a journey through the history of the HBWs movement.

The fast fashion mantra rules the global garment industry – spurning supply chains that crisscross the globe. Homeworkers sit at the bottom of these supply chains, taking up a range of jobs that contribute significantly to the end product. However, they remain invisible and command little bargaining power.

There are over 260 million home-based workers around the world and over 50 million of these reside in South Asia. In a fast-paced, globalized world, home-based workers – a majority of them women – have become integral to global and local economies. Yet, they remain invisible and unrecognized.

By Aidemi Artisans, a HomeNet Eastern Europe and Central Asia Affiliate in Kyrgyzstan
The Center of the Self Employed and Commercial Sector Workers Union in Georgia, affiliate of HomeNet Eastern Europe and Central Asia, shares home-based workers training online on creating earrings
Kurak Cholpon in Kyrgyztan