The first meeting of prospective members of the coalition was called by Homenet Southeast Asia on November 26, 2005 at the College of Social Work and Community Development, University of the Philippines, Diliman, Quezon City. This initiative follows the trend all over Asia where homeworkers' networks are being convened and consolidated. There is a Homenet Southeast Asia, with member networks in Thailand, Indonesia, and the Philippines which have been in existence since the early '90s when they received support from the ILO-DANIDA Subregional Project on Rural Homeworkers. There is also a Homenet South Asia, composed of national Homenets in India (which includes the 700,000 strong Self-Employed Association of Women), Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Nepal, and Bangladesh. There are plans to later converge and form Homenet Asia in 2007 in order to push more effectively for a better policy environment for homeworkers. The principal target is the ratification of ILO Convention 177 on Homework in various Asian countries.
NATIONAL COUNCIL OF WOMEN IN THE PHILIPPINES (NCWP)
NCWP serves as the national coordinating body of several national women’s organizations, people’s organizations and councils of women nationwide. Since its inception in 1946, the organization has been instrumental in promoting the socio-economic status of women through implementation of existing laws/policies on women. One of its significant achievements in advocacy works is the creation of the National Commission on the Role of Filipino Women (NCRFW), the National Government Machinery for Women.
NATIONAL RURAL WOMEN COALITION
National Rural Women Coalition (Pambansang Koalisyon ng Kababaihan sa Kanayunan) has members of around 426 rural women organizations in 42 provinces who are committed in the elimination of discrimination, violence and poverty, and in strengthening of the Philippine women’s movement
HOMENET SOUTHEAST ASIA
HomeNet Southeast Asia (HomeNet SEA), first covering Indonesia, Philippines and Thailand, emerged as a result of the ILO-DANIDA subregional project on rural women homeworkers in the putting out system undertaken from 1988 to 1996. The subregional network of home based workers later began organizing work in Laos and Cambodia, and admitted CraftLink of Viet Nam and eHomemakers of Malaysia in 2010 as focal points. Since its formalization as a network in 1997.
HOMENET SOUTH ASIA
HomeNet South Asia is a regional network of home-based worker organisations spread across eight countries. These include Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan, and Sri Lanka. Founded in 2000, we are South Asia’s first and only network for home-based workers. HNSA’s network is made up of member-based organisations (MBOs) and non-governmental organisations (NGOs) that are based in South Asia. These include trade unions, cooperatives, producer companies, social enterprises, and NGOs that engage with home-based workers. We have 60 members from the region. With technical assistance from WIEGO, South Asian governments meet with international unions, home-based worker organisations, Self Employed Women’s Association (SEWA) and United Nations Development Fund for Women (UNIFEM) to formulate the Kathmandu Declaration. The historical declaration calls for the formation of country-wise National Policies that ensure minimum protection with regards to social and economic security. It also urges SAARC to recognise the issues that home-based workers face in a globalised world. HomeNet South Asia was born.
Self Employed Women’s Association (SEWA) is the single largest Central Trade union registered on 12th April, 1972 with a membership of over 1.5 million (2018) poor, self-employed women workers from the informal economy across 18 states in India. SEWA has facilitated organizing its members in to their own 4813 SHGs, 160 cooperatives, 15 economic federations and 3 producer companies. For a better future of work, there is a need to strengthen the scaling-up of these worker-owned and managed tiny and microenterprises, which will throw up ample employment and work opportunities for workers in the informal economy.
HomeNet International is a global network of membership-based workers’ organizations representing thousands of home-based workers (HBWs) around the world. In February 2021, 36 HBW organizations from 20 countries became the first affiliate members to join the organization, representing more than 600 000 HBWs. One of the key functions of HNI is to work towards ratification and implementation of ILO Convention 177 and policies for home-based workers, including implementation of ILO Recommendation 204
WOMENS IN INFORMAL EMPLOYMENT: GLOBALIZING AND ORGANIZING
WIEGO is a global network focused on empowering the working poor, especially women, in the informal economy to secure their livelihoods. We believe all workers should have equal economic opportunities, rights, protection and voice. Most of the world’s workers (61% globally) make their living in the informal economy, where earnings are typically low but costs and risks are high. WIEGO contends that poverty and inequality can only be reduced by raising the earnings and lowering the risks of these workers. WIEGO promotes change by: improving statistics and expanding knowledge on the informal economy; building networks and capacity among informal worker organizations; and, jointly with the networks and organizations, influencing local, national and international policies.
KLJ focuses on all children and young people in a rural environment. At the beginning of the last century, farmers and peasant women united in the Boerenbond and the Boerinnenbond. In 1927, these associations found it necessary that, in addition to adult activities for farmers and horticulturists, there should also be an activity for young farmers and ranchers. This is how Boerenjeugdbond (BJB) was born. The BJB operation aimed at the 'total development of agricultural and horticultural young people'.In 1965 the BJB changed its name to Katholieke Landelijke Jeugd (KLJ). After all, the youth movement wanted to focus more on all young people in a village. A specialized operation was set up for young farmers and horticulturists: the Green Circle . Its regional activities brought these young people together for the defense of interests and training.
We Effect was founded in 1958 to support the development of democratic organisations and societies that have the capacity to articulate the rights and needs of their members in respect of work, influence, services, incomes and livelihoods. We Effect works in more than 20 countries in Asia, Eastern Europe, Latin America and Africa through our regional offices in partnership with local CSO, farmer organisations, cooperative federations and other democratic organisations.
Kindernothilfe (German for “supporting children in need”) was founded in Germany in 1959 as a Christian organization to support vulnerable and marginalized children and youth to develop their full potential. Kindernothilfe Austria was founded in 1996, followed by Kindernothilfe Switzerland in 2004 and Kindernothilfe Luxembourg in 2009. We partner with local non-governmental organizations to implement 609 projects in 32 countries in Sub-Saharan Africa, Asia, Europe and Latin America and the Caribbean; most of them are faith-based and ecumenically Christian
Trias is an international development organisation headquartered in Brussels working to help make the dreams of enterprising people all over the world. By strengthening organisations of farmers and entrepreneurs, we create opportunities for their self-development.
ASIAN SOLIDARITY ECONOMY COUNCIL
ASEC is the Asian hub for enhancing the responsibilities of stakeholders in co-creating a compassionate, solidarity economy. Activities of RIPESS Asia/ASEC are generally aligned with the global work program of intercontinental RIPESS, classified into 5 impact areas: Promotion of the SSE Global vision, Capacity building, Building relationships with international organizations and public policy advocacy, Communication, Networks and Mapping. RIPESS is a global network of continental networks committed to the promotion of Social Solidarity Economy. The member networks themselves (Latin America and the Caribbean, North America, Europe, Africa, Asia and Oceania) bring together national and sectorial networks, thus ensuring strong territorial anchoring. The combined local and global scope gives RIPESS legitimacy to promote SSE, foster intercontinental cooperation, and advocate at different levels.