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DRRM WORKHOP in Manila

The workshop entitled PAGKATUTO SA NAKARAAN AT PAGHAHANDA SA KINABUKASAN: Gender, Informal Work and Climate Change Adaptation and Mitigation was jointly organized by the Homenet Southeast Asia (Homenet SEA) and the Disaster Risk Reduction Management (DRRM) Cluster of the UP College of Social Work and Community Development with the financial support of the UNIFEM and Oxfam Great Britain Philippine office.  Participants were 39 individuals from the different organizations of informal workers, Homenet SEA staff and CSWCD students. Most of the participants were survivors of damages caused by typhoons Frank (Fengshen), Ondoy (Ketsana) and Pepeng (Parma). It was held on 20-21 September 2010 at the Bulwagang Tandang Sora of the College of Social Work and Community Development, University of the Philippines.

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Joint Conference-Workshop on“Building Visibility and Voice through Responsive Home based Workers’ Organizations in Asia: Focus on ILO Convention 177 on Home Work” 2-3 August 2010, Metro Manila, Philippines

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Homenet South Asia (HNSA) and Homenet Southeast Asia (HNSEA), together with its funding partner, Friedrich Ebert Stiftung (FES) organized a joint conference-workshop to: (1) share experiences and assess the campaign for ILO C177 ratification on a per country and sub-regional basis; (2) to share experiences and lessons in advocating for national policies and laws on home-based workers; and (3) to review the results of membership based organizing initiatives. This was attended by 39 representatives from five (5) South Asian countries, namely, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Nepal, Sri Lanka and India, seven (7) Southeast Asia, namely, Philippines, Thailand, Indonesia, Cambodia, Laos, Viet Nam and Malaysia, and representatives from FES.

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SRC Meeting

The Homenet Subregional Council held a meeting on February 5 and 6 at Chada Hotel in Bangkok after the IUP Planning Meeting. There were. During the meeting presentations  on accomplishments of HNSEA and the five country Homenets were presented and preparatory activities, budget and logistics for the Subregional Workshop on Disaster Management to be held in Jogjakarta in October 2010 were discussed.
 
The SRC meeting also discussed preparations for the MBO Workshop held in Ahmedabad on 29 March to 2 April 2010 and the FES Proposal for the joint meeting scheduled for August. It was also agreed during this meeting that Craft Links application for membership be accepted and approved. The meeting also paved the way for institutionalizing HNSEA’s Operations Manual and Financial Manual which are now the basis for guidance and overall operations of HNSEA.

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DRRM WORKHOP (September 20-21, 2010)

Disasters arise when natural and human-induced hazards interface with conditions of vulnerability and insufficient capacity to manage the negative consequences of this interaction.  Past experiences have shown that the impact of disasters is higher to those who have the least adaptive capacity.  As such, the poor, that include homebased and other informal workers, suffer the most because the very few resources that they have are oftentimes damaged during disasters. Lives lost and disruption of livelihood that tend to fall most heavily on them are aggravated further when governments do not have comprehensive strategies on how to reduce disaster risk and vulnerabilities. 

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Joint Conference-Workshop on“Building Visibility and Voice through Responsive Home based Workers’ Organizations in Asia: Focus on ILO Convention 177 on Home Work” 2-3 August 2010, Metro Manila, Philippines

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Homenet South Asia (HNSA) and Homenet Southeast Asia (HNSEA), together with its funding partner, Friedrich Ebert Stiftung (FES) organized a joint conference-workshop to: (1) share experiences and assess the campaign for ILO C177 ratification on a per country and sub-regional basis; (2) to share experiences and lessons in advocating for national policies and laws on home-based workers; and (3) to review the results of membership based organizing initiatives. This was attended by 39 representatives from five (5) South Asian countries, namely, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Nepal, Sri Lanka and India, seven (7) Southeast Asia, namely, Philippines, Thailand, Indonesia, Cambodia, Laos, Viet Nam and Malaysia, and representatives from FES.

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MBO WORKSHOP IN AHMEDABAD: SEWA SHOWS THE WAY FORWARD

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Twenty one representatives of country homenets from Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Philippines and Thailand gathered at the SEWA Academy Learning Hub  in Ahmedabad to participate in a five-day training  on Membership-Based Organizations of the Poor (MBOP) from  29 March to 2 April.

The objective of the training was to educate the participants, half of whom were homebased worker leaders, on the concept, characteristics and key features of MBOP in the context and experience of  the SEWA in organizing women workers in the informal economy.

The training included exposure visits to offices,  projects, and field sites  of SEWA Academy, SEWA Bank, SEWA Union, and SEWA Cooperative Federation.  It also used lectures and power point presentations, interactive discussions, games, and field visits.

SRC Meeting

The Homenet Subregional Council held a meeting on February 5 and 6 at Chada Hotel in Bangkok after the IUP Planning Meeting. There were. During the meeting presentations  on accomplishments of HNSEA and the five country Homenets were presented and preparatory activities, budget and logistics for the Subregional Workshop on Disaster Management to be held in Jogjakarta in October 2010 were discussed.
 
The SRC meeting also discussed preparations for the MBO Workshop held in Ahmedabad on 29 March to 2 April 2010 and the FES Proposal for the joint meeting scheduled for August. It was also agreed during this meeting that Craft Links application for membership be accepted and approved. The meeting also paved the way for institutionalizing HNSEA’s Operations Manual and Financial Manual which are now the basis for guidance and overall operations of HNSEA.

IUP Project (link with site of Inclusive Cities)

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HNSEA has completed Year I of its IUP Project funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. It is under a bigger project called Inclusive Cities which aims to improve livelihoods of the urban working poor, most of whom are employed in the informal economy such as homebased workers, waste pickers, and street vendors whose number is numerous and yet have very little representation in urban planning processes and policy making that greatly impact on their lives and ability to generate income for their families.

To address urban poverty, the Inclusive Cities Project supports and builds capacity of membership-based organizations (MBOs) in the areas of organizing, advocacy and policy analysis by providing them with tools necessary to give them a voice in urban planning processes. The project believes that reducing urban poverty can be done by reversing the exclusionary trend of modernizing cities through reshaping of urban plans, regulations and policies to incorporate the working poor and accepting the informal economy as a key and vibrant component of the urban economy.

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WIEGO, Homenet South Asia and Homenet Southeast Asia are among the nine partners in this project which comprise MBOs of the working poor, international alliances of MBOs and support organizations committed to improving the situation of the working poor. The IUP Project basically has three major activities: Capacity Building(training on MBOs, exposure dialogue program, skills training), Voice(mapping and organizing, policy forum and dialogues, research and documentation of best practices pertaining to HBW issues and concerns), and formation of a global body which is Homenet International.

 

 

 

Occupational Safety and Health Training for the Workers in the Informal Economy

Twenty five informal workers attended the OSH Training held on February 24-26, 2010 at the Occupational Health and Safety Center in Quezon City.  As a follow-up on the OSH appreciation course conducted in July 2009 by OSHC for the Homenet and MAGCAISA, the three-day program brought together trainers and leaders from the informal workers groups of waste pickers, construction workers, homebased workers, vendors and small transport groups. The training was conducted by the AMRC in partnership with the HomeNet South East Asia with the support of the Occupational Safety and Health Center.

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Among the guest speakers from the OSHC were the OSHC Executive Director, Dr. Teresita Cucueco who delivered an opening remarks; Ms. Rosanna Tubelonia, the current division chief of the ASHC Training and Public Information Division, who gave an overview of the current OSH policies and programs at both national and local levels that informal workers can have access to.  Mr. Jesus Macasil of the ILO Manila who is in charge of social protection, shared information about the ILO Decent Work Common Agenda which has a strong provision on OSH.  Omana George of the AMRC and Melody Kemp, an OSH specialist facilitated the learning sessions.  They talked about the sad realities of OSH in Asia on the one hand and initiatives to help increase the level of awareness on OSH such as formation of the Asian Network for the Rights of Occupational Accident Victims (ANROAV).  Participatory learning activities livened up the training sessions and focused on  hazards control strategies, ergonomics, fire, mapping exercise, sexual harassment and other gender issues, data collection, PPEs and Planning. 

HOMENET  SEA  Receives Catalytic Grant from UNIFEM Fund for Gender Equality

 

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Homenet Southeast Asia’s proposal entitled  “ Women in the Informal Economy Advocating for Rights-Based Policies Amidst the Crises” was one of 27 initiatives in 26 countries approved by UNIFEM New York to receive a catalytic grant from the Fund for Gender Equality.  The 27 were chosen from a total of  543 applications submitted worldwide. (Link here to unifem site)

 

LET THOSE IN THE MARGINS BE IN THE CENTER!
(Grassroots Women Leaders  Share Their Stories
in the 2009 Asia Pacific NGO Forum on Beijing +15

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Five  PATAMABA grassroots women leaders (Lourdes Gula, Primar Jardeleza, Josephine Parilla, Mary de los Santos, and  Leonida Antonio) captivated the audience with their stories during the Asia Pacific NGO Forum on Beijing+15, held at Miriam College, Katipunan Avenue, Quezon City, 23 October 2009.  In a session organized by Homenet Southeast Asia and  entitled   “Weaving the Wisdom of Grassroots Women Leaders  in Confronting Crises and Forging the Future”,  the women shared their decades of experience in leading their own organization, enlivening  their stories with  photos  and other illustrations. Workshop participants were also encouraged to interact with them  and to bring out the lessons learned from their stories in a creative way. 
The said workshop focused on  issues and themes relevant to  “strengthening women-led homebased and other informal workers' movements in addressing the economic and environmental crises towards social protection and human security.”
Following are excerpts from their stories:  Following are excerpts from their stories, the full versions of which may be accessed at  www.homenetseasia.org.

HOMENET SEA JOINS THREE ASIA- WIDE SOCIAL PROTECTION MEETINGS

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Rosalinda Pineda-Ofreneo with Dr. Voravidh Charoenlert of Homenet Thailand in Aross meeting

Social protection seems to be the global  issue of the moment, given the impact of the financial and environmental crisis on vulnerable groups, especially the working poor. Representatives of Homenet Southeast Asia participated in three meetings on the issue:  the Annual Policy Conference and Research Workshop of the Social

Protection in Asia (SPA)  program in Hanoi Vietnam June 1-5; the Regional Roundtable Strategizing Meeting on “Building Southeast Asia Peoples’ Agenda on Transformative Social Protection As a Democratic and Human Rights Response to the Crisis” in Manila 12-13 October, and the Asian Roundtable on Social Security (AROSS), in Hong Kong  8-10 October. Dr. Rosalinda Pineda Ofreneo of Homenet Southeast Asia and Dr. Voravidh Charoenlert of Homenet Thailand  presented papers and actively participated in AROSS, particularly in crafting the position paper (see p. 5) which is now being circulated for co-signing.

 

Homenet SEA Joins HNSA’s Advocacy for Change

Impact of the Financial Crisis on HBWs in Thailand:Stories from the Ground
Foundation for Labour and Employment Promotion (HomeNet Thailand)

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On 16 June 2009, Homenet Thailand had a chance to discuss with 13 homeworkers and self-employed persons in the garment business in Bangkok about the current economic crisis. According to them, the economic crunch had made more people become unemployed. And many had turned to home-based work. Among those still working in factories, their dwindling income had forced them to take on extra work, including selling things or working at home. Orders from abroad had been on a decline and meanwhile, some subcontractors had decided to employ migrant workers and give them very low pay. All of these had made job opportunities among homeworkers become more limited and the orders they received were dwindling. Also, they were seeing their wages slashed. They did not have much bargaining power in this situation and risked losing the chance to work if they dared to  bargain. For sewing one boutique shirt, they used to earn 25 baht. Now they receive 20. And if the orders were given out to homeworkers in the province, each HBW there would simply get seven baht per piece. The economic crisis might even bring down the wage to just three baht per piece. Those self-employed who produced to sell suffer from the increased prices of raw material and the slow market. Some orders from abroad had disappeared.

 

 

HOMENET SOUTHEAST ASIA JOINS ASEAN PEOPLE’S FORA, ICT TRAINING FOR ASEAN HBWS, SEATRANET DIALOGUES

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     Leaders of Homenet Thailand participated in the ASEAN People’s Forum held 19 October  in Cha-am, Petchaburi, Thailand.  Homenet Southeast Asia took an active role in the preparations for  the plenary discussion on  the ASEAN Economic Pillar entitled  Deconstructi-ng the ASEAN Economic Ambition: A Conversation among Advocates, Analysts and Activists,”  Other participating organizations were Focus on the Global South,  AsiaDHRRA, Asian Farmers Association, Committee for Asian Women, Institute for Global Justice, EU-ASEAN FTA Campaign Network,  FTA Watch Thailand, MAP Foundation, Thai Labour Campaign, ASEAN Youth Union, and  Network International-Asia Pacific Regional Office (UNI-Apro).  The main objectives of the conversation were: a) to shed light on the most urgent economic issues faced by ASEAN, and how they impact on common people; b) to highlight how different groups respond to these issues and their impact; c) to solicit ideas on how we can collectively move forward; and d) to see whether there is enough interest and energy to actually move forward together on specific common issues. 

 

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Homenet SEA Regional Coordinator Rosalinda Ofreneo and  PATAMABA leader Lourdes Gula participated in  the workshop “Change and Impact on Homebased Workers” organized by Homenet South Asia and Friedrich Ebert Stiftung, 7-8 September 2009, Hotel Heritage Village, in Manesar, Guragon, India.  Guests, network links  representing various organizations supportive of homebased workers, and Homenet South Asia’s  homebased worker leaders  from Pakistan, Bangladesh, Nepal, India graced the event.

PATAMABA Holds 7th  Congress

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     On 5 May 2009,  PATAMABA held its Congress at  Club Royale, Malolos, Bulacan, with 300 homebased and informal workers and leaders in attendance. This year’s theme was  “Confronting the Impact of the Crisis on Informal Workers”  (Labanan…Ang Hambalos ng Krisis sa Manggagawang Impormal).” Coinciding with the celebration was the election of  the National Council and eight  sectoral representatives.  The new set of  PATAMABA  officers are: Lourdes Gula, President; Maria de los Santos, Vice-President;  Leonida Antonio, Treasurer; Josie Lipio, Secretary; Juliana Canta, Auditor;  Primar Jardeleza, Education Coordinator; Linda Fantone, Project Coordinator; Olive Parilla, Marketing Coordinator; and Calixtra Patacsil, Networking Coordinator. 

For its five-year plan (2OO9-13), PATAMABA’s objective is  still broadly to strengthen  the capacity of informal workers, their organizations and their networks.

This will be carried out through organizing and membership expansion;  revitalization of inactive chapters and consolidation of existing ones;  education and capacity building; lobbying, advocacy, networking to push particularly for the ratification of the ILO Convention on Home Work, the enactment of the Magna Carta for Workers in the Informal Economy(MACWIE), and other items on its legislative agenda;  social protection campaigns with focus on occupational safety and health; and resource mobilization for sustainability where trade facilitation will be introduced and developed.

 

HOMENET THAILAND Focuses on Youth

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The youth program of Homenet Thailand was launched in September 2009 with a training camp involving children and relatives of homebased workers regarding occupational health and safety and labor rights for informal workers. Subsequent youth activities on these issues  will continue to be supported by Homenet Thailand.
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HOMENET SEA Plans  Workshops
in Ahmedabad and Jogjakarta

      Representatives from the five national networks of Homenet Southeast Asia will participate in a five-day workshop on membership-based organizing (MBO) in Ahmedabad, Gujarat, India, in  February 2010.
     The workshop will be hosted by the Self-Employed Women’s Association (SEWA) Academy  and will be conducted under the auspices of Homenet South Asia. SEWA itself is a pioneering example of a membership-based organization of more than a million homebased, self-employed and other  women workers mostly living in poverty. It is a confluence of the labor movement, the cooperative movement, and the women’s movement.

     Homenet Southeast Asia, in cooperation with HomenetIndonesia, is also planning to hold a subregional workshop on “Gender, Informal Work, Climate Change and Participatory Disaster Management “ in Jogjakarta in October 2010. The workshop aims, among, others, to raise awareness on the impact of climate change on informal workers’ communities, stimulate development of disaster preparedness measures and alternative options, share relevant  knowledge and country experiences, and demonstrate the  practical uses of gender-responsive participatory disaster      management.