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Livelihood Creation Webinar

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Home-based workers produce goods or services for the market from within or around their own homes. In countries both rich and poor, they produce a wide range of low- and high-end goods and services for both domestic and global markets. Some of them are self-employed while others are sub-contracted. Today, these workers represent a significant share of urban employment in some countries, particularly for women, and especially in Asia.

6:30pm IST (8:00am EST)

This webinar will highlight that:

  • Homes are workplaces, especially for women workers.
  • Most home-based workers do not enjoy adequate economic opportunities, legal rights, social protection or representative voice.
  • Working from in or around their own homes, home-based workers’ contribution to the economy remain largely invisible and undervalued.


Dr. Martha (Marty) Chen, Harvard Kennedy School; Harvard Graduate School of Design
Professor Chen is a Lecturer in Public Policy at the Harvard Kennedy School and an Affiliated Professor at the Harvard Graduate School of Design. She is also the Co-Founder and International Coordinator of WIEGO. A renowned development scholar, Marty has steered WIEGO since its inception, turning the research, policy and action network into one of the world’s leading organizations focused on the informal economy. Her specialization includes employment, gender, and poverty with a focus on the working poor in the informal economy. Marty’s expertise is sought globally by a range of major institutions, from the European Commission and the International Labour Organization to the World Bank and the United Nations.

Sudhaben is a home-based worker from the slums of Delhi. A migrant from eastern Uttar Pradesh,  she works as an embroidery worker, often doing embellishment work on products for global companies and brands. Suhdhaben’s income is critical to the well being of her family, and for the education of her children.

Moderated by Shalini Sinha, India Country Representative and Home-based Sector Specialist, WIEGO
Shalini’s work focuses on developing and documenting decent work and livelihoods opportunities for women workers in the informal economy, especially women home-based workers in urban locations in India. Shalini specializes in labour, gender and social development issues and has worked with several national and international NGOs and funding agencies.