What is HomeNet?

HomeNet Pakistan is a network of organizations formed to raise awareness about the working conditions of home based women workers who comprise 70% of the informal workforce behind the country`s economic activities. It is working for the recognition and support of home based workers since 2005.Established under the Societies Registration Act and is a member of HomeNet South Asia (HNSA). The other members of HNSA are the HomeNets of Bangladesh, India, Nepal and Sri Lanka.

HomeNet believes that women home workers should be recognized as laborers instead of considering them poor, deserving charity and some welfare schemes. They must be seen as producers and productivity of their commodities has to be increased with skill development training, improved technologies, direct access to credit schemes and the market. They 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.

Vision

HomeNet Pakistan is a membership based network, comprising of membership-based organizations representing the majority of home based workers across Pakistan. HomeNet Pakistan envisions a society in which home based workers are ensured visibility, recognition, legal and social protection, and a decent standard of living.

Mission

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.

Goal

To mainstreaming home based workers in national policies and programmes in order to attain greater human security including economic security to meet basic needs and to deal with risks and vulnerabilities, while still ensuring their visibility and participation.