HomeNet Pakistan is a network of organizations formed to raise awareness about the working conditions of home based women workers who comprise 74% of the informal workforce behind the country`s economic activities. It is working for the recognition and support of home based workers and women in the informal economy since 2005.Established under the Societies Registration Act .
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 workers, producers, business women 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 and provincial statistics and recognized as workers in the labor laws of the country, thus making them eligible for social, economic and legislative protection.
HomeNet Pakistan was set up in 2005. It is a network of 360 organizations with over 50,000 women members of home-based workers across Pakistan. HomeNet Pakistan is formed to raise awareness about the economic, social, and domestic and other working conditions of women in the informal economy that constitutes 74% of the informal workforce which contributes towards the country’s economic activities.
HomeNet Pakistan has been working to advocate for the recognition and support to the home-based workers, domestic workers and women in informal economy in order to ensure e that they have legal recognition as a worker, security of income, enjoy social protection benefits and participation in governance related to their concerns and livelihood. HomeNet Pakistan, as a member of HomeNet South Asia, and Clean Cloth campaign strives to empower home workers and women in informality in order 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.