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Theme: WIEGO
Region(s): Asia ; India
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.

India Domestic workers no longer drawn only from 'lower' castes The Hindu . (11 January 2015)

Domestic workers, who have become crucial to the smooth functioning of many city households, are no longer only from 'lower' castes; they are drawn from dominant castes as well.

India Awards for solutions from India Journalism of Courage World . (12 December 2014)
By Sinha, Amitabh.

IT began  as an effort to provide dignity to some of the rag-pickers in Kolkata four years ago, and quickly developed into an effective urban waste collection and recycling model that is now helping avoid over 500 tonnes of CO2-equivalent emissions every year.

Una delegación de recicladores de países como la India, Brasil, Sur África y Colombia hacen presencia en esta séptima edición del Foro Urbano Mundial. Maitreyi Shankar, es una de las líderes en la India de la fundación Wiego (Women in Informal Employment Globalizing and Organizing) y habló sobre la problemática de los recicladores en los distintos países.

Colombia India Spain Waste-picker from city loses chance to speak at world forum The Indian Express . (30 March 2014)

With the Spain Embassy refusing to provide transit visa, a woman waste-picker from Kagad Kach Patra Kashtkari Panchayat (KKPKP), who had been invited to speak at the World Urban Forum 2014 to be organised in Columbia on “Urban Equity in Development”, had to cancel her plan.