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Region(s): Asia ; India
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 .

WIEGO and HomeNet South Asia (HNSA) brought together over 100 home-based worker leaders and supporters, from over 20 countries, for the Global Conference on Home-based Workers and the HomeNet South Asia General Body Meeting. This article about the conference includes photos.

India Home-based workers demand recognition by labour laws Business Standard . (9 February 2015)

As many as 110 home-based workers from about 24 countries participated in a four-day Global Conference on Home-based Workers, organised by HomeNet South Asia and Women in Informal Employment: Globalizing and Organizing, a non-profit organisation.

Home-based worker representatives and supporters have adopted a historical Declaration and a 5-year Action Plan to improve conditions for millions of workers around the globe. The adoption of the Declaration was a highlight of the Global Conference of Home-based Workers hosted by WIEGO and HomeNet South Asia.

By Bhalla, Nita.

Across towns and cities in India, it is not uncommon to see women cleaning building sites, carrying bricks and or shoveling gravel - helping construct the infrastructure necessary for the country's economic and social development.