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Theme: Informal Economy
Occupational Group(s): Home-Based Workers
Many Forms of Violence against Women. Media for Freedom . (25 November 2016)
By Wadlow, Rene.

25 November is the day designated by the United Nations General Assembly as the “International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women.” Violence against women is a year-round occurrence and continues at an alarming rate.  Violence against women can take many different forms. There can be an attack upon their bodily integrity and their dignity.

Pakistan PM urged to announce textile package The News . (12 November 2016)

All Pakistan Textile Mills Association (Aptma) Central Chairman Amir Fayyaz has appealed the prime minister to announce the agreed textile package to build on the advantage of stable macroeconomic indicators.

Pakistan HomeNet hails govt for protecting HBWs rights The Frontier Post . (11 November 2016)

HomeNet Pakistan is highly thankful and acknowledges the remarkable efforts of Sindh Government in taking lead for protecting HBWs rights, Cheif Minister Sindh has approved Policy of HBWs in Sindh on Friday.

Philippines A win-win solution. Manila Standard . (29 October 2016)
By Kapunan, Rod.

Legislated wage is now proving to be expensive because employers engaging the services of contracted-out workers remain solidarily liable for the payment of backwages and other benefits to contracted-out workers illegally terminated through their crafted two-tier contracting system before six months to prevent them from becoming permanent.

Canada How do you solve a problem like precarious work?. Rabble . (28 October 2016)
By MacEwen, Angella.

Of course there has been an increase in own-account self-employment (has no paid help, but may be incorporated or unincorporated), and contract workers wouldn't show up in the data on job duration. But the trend in own-account self-employment is most pronounced for workers 25-54.

United States of America The Underappreciated Role Of Women Entrepreneurs In The Economy. Wis Context . (26 October 2016)
By Conroy, Tessa.

As evidence of this preference for flexibility, self-employed women generally provide more of their own child care, even while working. Adequate child care availability could foster high-growth female entrepreneurship by reframing self-employment opportunities, alleviating time constraints and allowing a focus on building businesses.

Democratic People's Republic of Korea Self-Employed a Drain on Korea's Economy. Chosunilbo . (25 October 2016)
By Hyeon-cheol, Bang.

The number of self-employed people has jumped from 5.37 million late last year to 5.68 million in September this year, but a whopping 330,000 eateries or corner shops are closing each year.

Pakistan Women decry pending policy regarding home-based workers. Express Tribune . (21 October 2016)

Raising red flags high in the air, hundreds of women demanded the Sindh goverment to approve the Home Based Women Workers Federation's (HBWWF) policy that has been pending fo three years.

Pakistan Govt inaction compounding plight of home-based workers The News . (21 October 2016)

With the government yet to act on promises to announce a formal policy for home-based workers, more than 12 million home-based workers of Pakistan, 80 percent of them women, still do not have any legal status in the country’s workforce.

Pakistan 12m home-based workers go without legal identity in Pakistan. Daily Times . (21 October 2016)

More than 12 million home-based workers in Pakistan , 80 percent of them women, do not have any legal identity as their status is not defined in the local labor laws; however, the government is yet to announce formal home-based policy to give legal cover and protection to these hapless workers, said the speakers of a protest demo here Thursday.