HomeNet Pakistan

Region: 
Asia
Member since: 
January 2017

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, thus ensuring that home based workers have security of income and participation in governance related to their concerns and livelihood.

Who is HomeNet Pakistan?

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. It has been working towards giving recognition and support to 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 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.


Belief

Women:

HomeNet Pakistan believes that women in the informal economy need to be recognized as labourers instead of considered as a poor, undeserving 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 trade/labor policy of the country.

Home-based Workers:

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 a 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.