by Marlese von Broembsen, August 2019
This paper interrogates the potential of contemporary international law instruments to realize decent work for homeworkers. It grounds the discussion with reference to data on homeworkers in Bulgaria.

To support trainings with local groups, facilitators can use these illustrated posters have been developed to go with the Guide.

A facilitator’s guide for home-based workers in Africa. These training materials were produced in collaboration with the Kenyan and Ugandan working groups.

This series of training manuals aims to improve the financial independence and capacities of home-based women producers, particularly those involved in fair trade activities. It developed out of the trainings done in Ghana, Kenya, and Uganda. The series goes through the steps of leadership development; cooperative and independent financing; and the broadening business skills such as product consistency and pricing:

  1. Introduction & Training Module 1: Understanding Gender and Employment Relations
  2. Training Module 2: Understanding Women’s Economic and Social Contribution to Effective Poverty Reduction
  3. Training Module 3: Promoting Democratic Participation and Accountability
  4. Training Module 4: Enhancing Financial and Business Management Skills
  5. Training Module 5: Understanding the Market
  6. Training Module 6: Quality Management Systems
  7. Training Module 7: Improving Innovation and Production Techniques

A guidelines for building membership-based organizations. Success stories from around the world highlight the importance of mobilizing workers. (Also available in Spanish).

By Marlese von Broembsen and Sarah Orleans Reed This 2020 guide explains the OECD Guidelines for Multi-National Enterprises (MNEs) and MNEs’ responsibilities to workers in their supply chains. It contains provisions that relate specifically to homeworkers. This guidebook explains how the complaints process works, with examples, and suggests how homeworkers’ organizations might use the OECD Guidance as part of their advocacy strategies to secure decent work for homeworkers.

This manual, primarily for trade unionists and social movement activists, is designed to provoke and encourage discussion about homeworkers and their rights as workers, raise awareness about the international ILO Home Work Convention and its significance for homeworkers in each country, encourage homeworkers and their supporters to get the ILO Home Work Convention put into national law in their own country, and foster stronger organisation of homeworkers so that they can continue fighting for their rights.

Considered informal workers, they are often linked in the chain of production with little or no collective bargaining power to negotiate the terms of their labour with contractors.

Leadership is the art of motivating a group of people to act towards achieving a common goal.