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Theme: WIEGO
Region(s): India ; South Asia
Ahmedabad India How home-based workers in Ahmedabad formed a union to improve their lives The Global Urbanist . (22 July 2016)
By Carr, Carlin.

In the first of a series of photo essays from Women in Informal Employment: Globalizing & Organizing (WIEGO) Carlin Carr introduces members of the Self Employed Women's Association (SEWA) in Ahmedabad. The organisation has been supporting informal workers to gain greater visibility and improve their working conditions.

United States India Panel on Empowering Women at the Bottom of the Pyramid Harvard India Conference . (20 February 2016)
By Chen, Marty.

At Harvard’s annual India Conference on February 6, 2016, Renana Jhabvala, National Coordinator of SEWA and chair of the WIEGO Board, was the lead speaker and Marty Chen, International Coordinator of WIEGO and member of the Harvard faculty, was the chair of a panel entitled “Empowering Women at the Bottom of the Pyramid: To Overcome Gender Inequality and Poverty in India.”    View and listen to this panel and see other sessions of the Harvard India Conference. Also, read Marty Chen's opening remarks for this panel.

India Management and union should work collectively: TV Narendran The Avenue Mail . (10 January 2016)

"Mitra, principal labour and employment advisor, ministry of labour and employment, government of India, said the main focus of the ministry is labour reforms and see that all rights of the labour must be respected. The Union government will issue a unique identification number for unorganised workers to ensure them best benefits of government welfare and industrial policies."

Participants in a related panel discussion included WIEGO's Home-based workers Sector Specialist, Shalini Sinha, and SEWA, Kerela, General Secretary, Sonia George.

India United States 25 ways to become fashion-able in 2016 Live Mint . (4 January 2016)
By Vasudev, Shefalee.

This article about "ethical fashion" cites a WIEGO report, stating "WIEGO (Women in Informal Employment: Globalizing and Organizing), an organization that also does advocacy for informal workers, said in an article on digital magazine Quartz that in India, of an estimated 12.5 million people who work from their homes for the garment industry, more than 3.5 million are likely to be part of supply chains for fashion brands."

India From ragpicker to speaker in Geneva conference Mid-day . (17 June 2015)
By Deshmukh, Chaitraly.

Suman More’s life has been a rags-to-recognition journey. As an illiterate, impoverished ragpicker from Pune, the 50-year-old could never have imagined that she would one day be the centre of attention at a conference held all the way in Geneva by the International Labour Organisation. She has been attending the International Labour Conference for the past two years as a representative of Women in Informal Employment: Globalizing and Organizing (WIEGO).

By Mugdha, Kapoor.

For 37 years, Pune's Suman More, 50, worked as a ragpicker, but life turned a full circle when she spoke from the podium at the International Labour Organisation Conference held in Geneva as an elite gathering of experts and leaders were all ears to her story. Her journey from a waste-picker to an inspiration for many hasn't been easy.

India Why Informal Women Workers Must Build Collective Strength Huffington Post . (7 May 2015)
By Sinha, Shalini.

For poor families across India, regular employment and adequate earnings are the critical factors in their ability to survive. And it's not just men who are bringing home the wages. Women make substantial economic contributions to their households, all the while delicately balancing the double burden of income-generating work and unpaid care work.

As of 2011-12, 82% of all urban women workers are in informal employment in India, working in their own homes (as home-based workers); in other people's homes (as domestic workers); and in public spaces (as vendors or construction workers or waste-pickers). Poverty, vulnerability and insecurity mark their existence and their work remains undervalued and unrecognised.

India Let Us Open Our Eyes To Invisible Women Workers Huffington Post . (9 April 2015)
By Sinha, Shalini.

The Women's Day celebrations last month marked women's fortitude, courage and achievements. Unfortunately, it largely confined itself to urban women, and that, too, to the middle and upper classes. The majority of women in Indian cities -- those who belong to the poorer sections of our society and struggle against many odds to help provide for their families --found little space in the celebrations.

By Sinha, Shalini.

Did you know that for every Rs. 100 paid by customers, incense stick workers barely get Rs. 2.30? This has been going on for years, but finally there is hope, as these women home-based workers are organizing themselves to demand for basic human rights and adopting declarations to improve their working and living conditions.


This article was written by WIEGO's Home-based Worker Sector Specialist, Shalini Sinha.

Home-based workers participating in the four day global meeting of Home-based workers have urged their respective governments to  recognize them as workers and to formulate and implement labour laws and social initiatives to protect their rights .