HomeNet South Asia (HNSA) invites you to an online launch of its studies – Impact of COVID-19 on Women Home-Based Workers in South Asia and Violence Against Women in the Context of Home-Based Work in Nepal on

December 9, 2020
at 3PM Nepal Time (2.45 PM IST).

The Honorable Mr. Harris Khalique, Secretary General, Human Rights Commission of Pakistan, will preside over the event as the Chief Guest. And the Honorable Ms. Mohna Ansari, Former Member, Human Rights Commission of Nepal will be a Special Guest. HNSA Enforcer, Chandni Joshi, and its Chairperson, Renana Jhabvala, will share their insights and perspectives on the studies at the event while Phuntshok Chhoden, Trustee – HNSA, will deliver the vote of thanks.

The launch is be part of HNSA’s activities for the 16 Days of Activism campaign. The Network is keen to use the campaign to remind country governments and other key stakeholders of the need to address the challenges that women home-based workers, in the region, face especially in the aftermath of the COVID-19 pandemic. Towards this, HNSA would like you to launch two of its key studies. 

The first study focuses on the impact of COVID-19 on women home-based workers in South Asia. This is the only study in the region that focuses exclusively on women home-based workers – who, due to the pandemic, have lost access to work, are not protected by the safety of social security, are being subjected to increasing violence and are looking at a bleak future since they are not afforded labour protections. The recommendations of the study include the establishing of robust and effective national disaster management systems, recognising home-based workers through relevant policies, creating supportive policy environments for home-based worker-led producer companies and co-operatives, the extension of social security to workers, and supporting organising efforts among home-based workers.  

The second study takes a deeper look at the issue of violence against women home-based workers in Nepal. The study highlights how the often-ignored issue of violence, perpetrated at home and at the workplace, undermines the productivity, health and dignity of women. It also details key recommendations that include the strengthening of advocacy to ensure that women home-based workers live and work in a violence-free world.   

You can register for the event here: https://bit.ly/3fZyBux