2-Day conference on Counter Narrative in Punjab

HomeNet Pakistan is proposing a two day Conference in collaboration with Punjab Home department on developing a counter narrative on CVE.

The overall objective of the proposed conference is to initiate debate and develop a counter narrative on the CVE in collaboration with the Government of Punjab (home department) on the implementation of the National plan of action in Punjab.

The proposed two day conference would not only enable to initiate debate among stakeholders, but to have a counter narrative on CVE with the involvement of GoP along with key actions and thematic plan of action.

International Women`s Day Celebration by DAC Vehari

DAC Vehari organized seminar on eve of International Women`s Day, at Jinnah Hall Vehari, the forum demanded equal opportunities for women workers at rural or urban level. A large number of HBW leaders participated and spoke to media for recognition of their rights as workers.

International Women`s Day Celebration by DAC Muzzafargarh

DAC Muzzafargarh celebrated Women`s Day with number of Homebased worker leaders, government official and media partners in ZEWA Hotel Muzzafargarh; a seminar was organized to engage district Government for provision of basic infrastructure to these HBWs. A signature campaign was also launched for the policy approval of HBWs.

International Women`s Day Celebration by DAC Kasur

DAC Kasur organized seminar on eve of International Women`s Day in collaboration with Social Welfare Department, A large number of working women including women HBW participated in the event, the forum demanded Government to ensure access of HBWs towards Safety networks.

District Action Committee Bahawalpur

DAC Bahawalpur organized seminar on issues of HBW women in Rasheed Memorial Arts Council Bahawalpur, Women HBWs shared their issues related to governance, the forum demanded inclusion of women workers in district level decision making bodies.

International Women`s Day Celebration by DAC Lodhran

DAC Lodhran celebrated women`s Day in collaboration with District Government, a seminar was organized on women empowerment issues; a musical evening was also arranged by Sanazt Zaar Dept Lodhran in honor of Women workers.

International Women`s Day Celebration DAC Rajanpur

District Action Committee of Homenet Pakistan celebrated International Women`s Day in collaboration with District Government Rajanpur. A seminar was arranged by DAC members Rajanpur; Speakers demanded Sales & Display Centre for Home based Workers Women in District Rajanpur. D.C.O Rajanpur Mr. Ghazi Amanullah assured his support for HBWs towards safety networks in rural or urban area of District Rajanpur. Women HBWs also displayed stalls of traditional handicrafts; the celebration was concluded with advocacy walk.

Position Paper on Homebased Workers Provincial Policy Sindh

The civil society demands the Sindh government for speedy approval of provincial home-based workers (HBWs) policy. The cabinet committee formed to finalize the social protection framework for the HBWs needs to speed up the process for announcement of the HBW policy on International Women`s day.

The term home-based workers are used to refer to workers who carry out remunerated work within their homes or the surrounding grounds. Home based workers being the significant proportion of the workforce are denied the basic rights. The International Labour Organization (ILO)`s Home Work Convention, 1996 (No. 177); the Kathmandu Declaration of 2000; and the South Asian Regional Plan of Action for Home-based Workers, 2007, ask the identification and recognition of home-based workers, the mainstreaming of home-based workers into national economies, the formulation of national policies for home-based workers, the integration of home-based workers into national and regional markets; and sought to raise their visibility, voice and concerns.

We demand the Recognition of rights to freedom of association and collective bargaining by Recognizing and supporting strong and vibrant member-based organizations and networks of home-based workers (as per ILO Convention 87); ensuring HBWs participation and voice in the formulation of policies and in monitoring and implementation; Promoting collective bargaining and formal collective agreements with employers and/or with governments (as per ILO Convention 98).

We Understand that for the two basic categories of home-based workers: those who are self-employed and those who are sub-contracted piece rate workers (called homeworkers). Both categories are impacted by irregular or cancelled work orders and wages, an unreliable supply of raw materials, delayed payments and rejected goods.

We know that the majority of home-based workers are women, and their economic activities contribute significantly to their family income security and to provincial and national economies. For this and other reasons, home-based workers should be prioritised within poverty reduction and women`s empowerment initiatives and programmes of the provincial and national and governments. Thus we demand formulation of effective provincial and national policies on home-based workers ensuring adequate budget allocations; ensuring minimum wages, fair piece-rates and annual bonuses for home workers; skill development and appropriate literacy programmes; Social protection, including occupational health and safety; and Access to credit and livelihood development programmes.

Home-based work is a global phenomenon, found in countries rich and poor, and exists in all sectors of employment, including manufacturing, services and agro-based and food sectors. HBWs contribute significantly to the national and global economies and are linked to the formal economy through value chains and supply chains and local markets. They are generally not incorporated into national data collection systems or into development agendas and programs and, thus, their contribution remains invisible and unrecognized.

Sindh government should proactively approve and adopt the HBW policy and legislation, which has been finalized and awaiting approval of the Cabinet. Homebased Worker issue is a labour issue and all the trade unions also demand the approval of the HBWs policy that can need social protection and coverage and government must bring them under social protection framework.

The Sindh government should immediately announce the provincial policy for the home-based workers. In the labour laws, home-based workers should be recognized by giving them due legal protection and the right of collective bargaining. The home-based workers should be registered with EOBI, Sindh employees` social security institution, workers welfare board and government-run social security departments etc.

HBWs should have recognition of rights to freedom of association and collective bargaining as per ILO Convention 87. It is the responsibility of the state to ensure HBWs participation and voice in the formulation of policies and in monitoring and implementation.

Civil Society Organization/NGO`s/Media must defend their roles & enhance their responsibilities` to build pressure on government about the issues/problems and suggest them concrete solutions & way forward to include more women in Country`s socio-economic development.

3 Day TOT Workshop on Capacity Enhancement & Leadership (Hyderabad)

HomeNet Pakistan successfully conducted 3-day training workshop for HBWs on enhancing capacities, women leadership & creating awareness on legal rights from 22-24 Feb, 2015 in Hyderabad.

Homebased Workers Women & the DAC representatives from 3 districts including Hyderabad, Mithi & Dadu District Action Committees participated in the training on enhancing capacities & creating awareness on legal rights of Women workers Leaders.

Focus Group Discussion with Women Homebased Workers in Dadu

On 25th Feb; Homenet Pakistan in Collaboration with Oxfam GB conducted Focus Group Discussion with women home based workers in rural community of Dadu. Women HBWs shared their issues of low wages, impure drinking water, lack of health & education facilities; DAC representatives ensured to build their access towards safety nets.