Padma shri recipient Renana Jhabvala, who is on UN panel on women’s economic empowerment, Friday said that globalisation has doubled the number of home-based workers in economies and called for more recognition and integration of these workers into the new global market.
“There are about 100 million home-based workers around the world, with 50 million of these living in South Asia. Home-based workers are most vulnerable of all informal workers and remain invisible to policy makers and the public. They work in the bottom links of supply chains and are often exploited. They need recognition as they are least paid,” said Jhabvala, chairperson of HomeNet South Asia while announcing an international conference “Celebrating Home-based Workers:Twenty years and Time for Action” to be held in Ahmedabad on March 20. The conference will see the participation from 10 Asian countries — Bangladesh, Bhutan, Cambodia, India, Indonesia, Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan, Philippines, Sri Lanka and Thailand — along with representatives from ILO, UN Women and SAARC Development Fund.