Who we are
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 homebased 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 Southeast Asia through its national homenets has ensured the collective participation of its homeworkers-members to seek appropriate solutions to their problems and issues thorugh advocacy, networking and linkaging, resource mobilization, capacity building, and the implementation of development projects for sustainability and self-reliance. Programs and services of its member networks include education and training, socio-economic assistance, research and documentation, marketing, facilitation of access to social protection, organizing, staff development and administration, planning, monitoring and evaluation.
Homenet Thailand was established in June 1992 by homebased producers and concerned NGOs in Thailand underthe ILO-DANIDA rural homeworkers project. In 1998, NGOs working within the network established Homenet Thailand as a coordinating center and registered in 2003 as the Foundation for Labour and Employment Promotion. Homenet Thailand’s main mission is to organize women homebased workers and strengthen their organizations for productive employment, better working conditions and uplifting living standards.
Homenet Philippines is a broad coalition of organizations of homebased and other workers in the informal economy. It was launched in 2006 as broad coalition of 23 informal workers groups and NGOs. It was formally recognized and registered in 2010 with 26 member organizations and individual affiliates. HomeNet Philippines aims to consolidate and empower homebased workers especially women, towards a common transformative agenda, have access to an integrated comprehensive system of programs and services focusing on social protection, and gain more visibility, recognition and representation in decision-making bodies of government both at the local and national levels. Its main advocacy agenda include the enactment of the Magna Carta for Workers in the Informal Economy (MACWIE); ratification of the ILO Convention on Home Work , social protection schemes for informal workers’ groups and their families; revision and implementation of Department Order No. 5 on Homeworkers and its integration into the national Labor Code; advocating for amendments to existing laws and policies relevant for homebased and informal workers in the Philippines. PATAMABA or the National Network of Informal Workers in the Philippines is a founding member organization
of Homenet Philippines. PATAMABA was founded in 1991 as a grassroots organization run and managed by women homebased workers who are selfemployed or are engaged in subcontracting work. It has 276 chapters in 34 provinces.
Homenet Cambodia is being formed through the initiative of the Artisans’
Association of Cambodia (AAC). Comprised of craft producers and sellers, AAC was established in 2001 through the joint efforts of World Rehabilitation Fund (WRF), United Nations Development Program (UNDP), and the International Labor Organization (ILO). The organization aims to promote socio-economic integration of and create employment opportunities for landmine survivors, people with disabilities and other vulnerable groups through craft production using indigenous as well as recycled materials as an initiative to protect the environment. AAC has been a member of the International Fair Trade Association (IFAT) since 2005 and the Asia Trade Fair Forum (AFTF) since early 2006. It promotes networking, advocacy, business development, marketing and promotions, design and product development, and direct marketing assistance.
Homenet Laos is being organized through the help of Environment Conservation and Community Development Association (ECCDA). Before that, it was the NonProfit Association of Lao Development (NALD) which served as the focal point for Homenet Laos, being a nonprofit organization registered in June 2004 under the Lao Union of Science and Engineering Association (LUSEA). NALD was established in 2004 and has worked with more than 600 groups of homebased workers in seven provinces of Lao PDR in the areas of community development, skills development, income generation and establishment of savings groups to have revolving funds for economically sustainable livelihood activities to help disadvantaged women and communities.
Homenet Indonesia was initiated with the formation of MWPRI or the National Network of Friends of Women Homeworkers . MWPRI was founded in 1996 by NGOs and academicians in Malang, East Java,Indonesia with the objective of working towards Indonesian homebased and informal economy workers’ empowerment, improved socio-economic welfare, and heightened gender perspective. Homenet Indonesia covers more than 20,000 subcontracted and self-employed homebased workers in nine provinces of Java and in Yogyakarta. Others are located in Sumatra, Banten, Madura, Lampung, Riau Island, Bali, West Nusa Tenggara and South Kalimantan.