May Day: International Workers' Day Statement

Government's must invest in all workers for recovery!

HomeNet International joins organizations representing over 2.1 million informal workers from around the world call on governments to accelerate investments in worker protections as a central component of economic recovery plans.

Home Is Where The Art Is

On March 8, 2021 (Women’s Day), HomeNet South Asia launched its campaign – #HomeIsWhereTheArtIs – to bring visibility to its home-based worker-led producer companies, enterprises and cooperatives. The campaign is a showcase of solidarity and also looks to highlight the work of thousands of women home-based workers and their representative organisations. Most importantly, they want to emphasise that in order to establish a more just world order and to ensure more sustainable business practices, we will have to encourage the growth of HBW-led producer companies, cooperatives and enterprises.

The campaign will also be documented through the year on this microsite.
You can follow it here

20 October:
International Home-Based Workers Day

The Kathmandu Declaration in 2000 established October 20 as Home-based Workers’ Day. To commemorate the day, every year, Network members across the world organize a series of events and demonstrations aimed at drawing attention to the situation of home-based workers and to present a series of demands, including:

In 2019, women home-based workers from around the world shared messages online:

ILO Convention 177:
The Homework Convention – It’s Time for Action!

Adopted at the International Labour Conference in 1996,  C177 mandates that all homeworkers have basic labour rights and asserts the applicability of core labour standards and other standards to all homeworkers. 


But more than two decades later, only 10 countries have ratified C177 and too few workers have realized their rights. Now, home-based workers and their organizations and allies have created a global campaign of action.

C177 on Home Work calls for these workers
to have the rights of other wage workers, such as:

Zehra Akbar, HBWWF 2016

Such changes would lead to recognition of homeworkers as wage workers. To increase the visibility of these workers, C177 also calls for the inclusion of homeworkers in national labour statistics.  See more:

Universal Health Coverage

HomeNet Phillippines UHC Workshop, 2018

Universal Health Coverage (UHC) is a priority in many ASEAN countries in response to informal workers’ demands. HomeNet South-East Asia is working with Affiliates and developing regional strategies aimed at bringing together informal worker organizations, national health policymakers, other civil society groups and allies in the field of public health in order to build awareness and commitment to UHC. In September 2019, during the ASEAN Civil Society Conference (ACSC)/ASEAN People’s Forum (APF) HNSA’s leaders elaborated on the principles needed, and made a calling for universalism, equity in standards, public financing, comprehensive benefit packages, and participatory governance.

2 Billion Strong:
A WIEGO Network Global Solidarity Program

Home-Based Workers Networks across the world join informal economy workers’ organizations across the global economy call on governments at all levels to partner with us on relief, recovery and resilience efforts that are emerging from the grassroots during this time of unprecedented crisis.

The COVID-19 crisis has drawn the world’s attention to longstanding inequalities in the way governments and industry deal with the world’s massive informal workforce. The International Domestic Workers Federation, StreetNet International, HomeNet South Asia, HomeNet Southeast Asia, HomeNet Eastern Europe and Central Asia, and the Global Alliance of Waste Pickers — as members of the WIEGO Network — urge policymakers to implement the following principles in all their emergency relief and recovery actions, and in their strategies to manage public health and economic activity:


The HomeNet International Network will join efforts with the Center for Women’s Global Leadership (CWGL) and allies to continue to call for ratification of the ILO Convention 190 and Recommendation 206 with a dedicated focus on women workers in informal economy whose lives and livelihoods have been acutely impacted by COVID-19 and the unprecedented economic crisis that has followed

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