Global Meeting of Home-based Workers, Hosted by WIEGO and HomeNet South Asia, Brings Together Workers to Plan Their Future

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Home-based workers from around the world will meet in Delhi, India on February 8th and 9th to plan the future of the home-based workers' movement. A highlight of the conference is the expected adoption of the 1st Global Declaration of Home-based Workers.

Home-based workers are among the most vulnerable of all informal workers. They work within, or near, their homes as own account (self-employed) or subcontracted workers. They generally remain invisible to the public and to policy makers. They work in the bottom links of value/supply chains and are, in the worst cases, exploited by contractors and subcontractors.

On February 8th and 9th, more than 110 home-based worker representatives and supporters from 24 countries – Argentina, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Brazil, Bulgaria, Cambodia, Canada, Georgia, Germany, Indonesia, India, Kenya, Kyrgyzstan, Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan, Peru, Philippines, South Africa, Sri Lanka, Thailand, U.K., Uganda and USA – will take part in a global meeting of home-based workers.

This Global Conference on Home-based Workers, organized by WIEGO and HomeNet South Asia and taking place in Delhi, India, will bring attention to the issues facing home-based workers and will provide an opportunity for worker representatives to plan the future of the home-based workers' movement. A highlight of the conference is the expected adoption of the 1st Global Declaration of Home-based Workers.

For more information on the Global Conference, please visit http://www.WIEGO.org. To follow the progress of this event visit our Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/wiegoglobal) or track activity on Twitter by following #HBWConf2015.

About HNSA: HomeNet South Asia Group is comprised of HomeNet South Asia Trust and Association of Homebased Workers in South Asia. It is the regional network of organizations of home-based workers. It currently has a presence in eight countries of South Asia. It works towards building regional solidarity among home-based workers, especially women workers, and empowering them to lead a life of dignity, free of poverty, by obtaining decent work and social protection, within a rights based framework. See http://www.homenetsouthasia.net

About WIEGO: Women in Informal Employment: Globalizing and Organizing is a global action-research-policy network that seeks to improve the status of the working poor, especially women, in the informal economy. It does so by highlighting the size, composition, characteristics, and contribution of the informal economy, through improved statistics and research; by helping to strengthen membership-based organizations of informal workers; and by promoting policy dialogues and processes that include representatives of informal worker organizations. WIEGO is based in Manchester, UK, and holds a secretariat at Harvard University. See http://www.wiego.org

For more information or to interview organizers, home-based workers or researchers, please contact:

  • Firoza Mehrotra, Director Programmes, HomeNet South Asia, at +91-9958323674 or mehrotrafiroza7(at)gmail(dot)com
  • Shalini Sinha, Home-based Worker Sector Specialist, WIEGO, at +91-9810111368 or shalini.sinha(at)wiego(dot)org

To receive the Global Declaration of Home-based Workers when released or for additional information, contact: Demetria Tsoutouras, Communications Manager, WIEGO, at +1 613 882-3364 or demetria.tsoutouras(at)wiego(dot)org

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