HomeNet Pakistan, as a member of HomeNet South Asia, strives to empower home based workers to realize their economic, political and social rights through the strengthening of their respective organizations, adoption of fair trade practices, resulting in the improvement of their working and living conditions, thus ensuring that home based workers have security of income, and participation in governance related to their concerns and livelihood.
HomeNet Pakistan is a network of organizations formed to raise awareness about the economic, social, domestic and other working conditions of home-based women workers who comprise 70% of the informal workforce contributing towards the country’s economic activities. HomeNet Pakistan has been working for giving a recognition and support to the home-based workers since 2005. Formed under the Societies Registration Act 1862 HomeNet Pakistan is a member of HomeNet South Asia, Ethical trade Initiative and Local resource Network.
HomeNet Pakistan believes that women in the informal economy need to be recognized as laborers instead of considered as a poor, deserving and insignificant part of the society. They must be considered as producers and artisans. Their productivity has to be increased by imparting skill development training, improved technologies, direct access to credit schemes, effective marketing opportunities of their products and putting them under some trade/labor policy of the country. The home-based workers also need to be adequately reflected in national statistics and recognized as workers in the labor laws of the country, thus making them eligible for social, economic and legislative protection. They want support in information, knowledge, capacity building – developing contact, presenting issues, advocacy skills, designing and marketing etc. Here organizational strength is required while making efforts to strengthen home based workers; creating linkages, networking, capacity building and advocacy.
HomeNet Pakistan was registered under the Societies Registration Act on November 2nd, 2005. It represents 360 organizations of home based workers and currently has over 50,000 women members in more than 50 districts of Pakistan.