Home-Based Worker News 11 May 2014

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MALAYSIA. 52 out of 100 women in Malaysia are wage earners. The Star Online (9 May 2014). “We would like to see more educated and professional women bloom as self-employed individuals, business owners, exporters and players in the global market place,” Rohani said when opening the World Islamic Economic Foundation (WIEF) Women Entrepreneurial Retreat here yesterday.

EAST ASIA. East Asia Pacific Urged to Adopt Social Protection Policies that Cover More Workers. World Bank (8 May 2014). “The prevailing models of labor regulation too often favor prime-age men at the expense of women, young people and those working part time or self-employed,” said Bert Hofman, chief economist of the World Bank’s East Asia and Pacific Region. “.

ZIMBABWE. Women in informal sector bear brunt of economic collapse. The Zimbabwean (7 May 2014) by Marcus Tawona. “Women need to be empowered financially, especially in this environment where life is becoming more difficult every day. They need new business skills to tackle to current harsh micro economic challenges,” she said. ZCIEA has over 1,000 registered members in Mutare, most of them women.

BRAZIL. Sao Paulo Sweatshops Trap Bolivians Seeking Jobs in Brazil. FSRN (6 May 2014). Over the past decade, economic growth in Brazil has attracted thousands of poor Bolivian immigrants to work in the textile sector of São Paulo; South America’s wealthiest city. Many of those who lack proper documents, money and shelter, end up working in illegal sweatshops. From São Paulo, Sam Cowie reports.

PAKISTAN. Labour day: ‘Government should include home-based workers in its policy’. The Express Tribune (1 May 2014). “The government will announce their labour policy tomorrow. We demand that they consider home-based workers and allow them to form trade unions” Women Workers’ Union general secretary Shaheena Kausar said at a press conference arranged by HomeNet Pakistan on Wednesday.

PAKISTAN. Call for laws to protect home-based workers. The News (30 April 2014). To highlight their problems and stress the need for legislation to recognise their contribution to the economy, a seminar was held at a hotel in Karachi on Tuesday.

 

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ECUADOR. El Gobierno busca que el artesano pague utilidades. Entorno Inteligente (12 de Mayo de 2014) via El Comercio. El artículo 212 del proyecto establece que “las y los artesanos registrados en el Ministerio de Relaciones Laborales están sujetos a las obligaciones impuestas a las o los empleadores en este código, inclusive el pago del reparto de utilidades”.

ARGENTINA. Entregaron credenciales a artesanos de la Puna. El Tribuno (12 de Mayo de 2014). Con los carnets los artesanos podrán acreditar su oficio.Cabe mencionar que la entrega de las credenciales se enmarca en el Programa de Desarrollo Artesanal que se lleva adelante desde el Ministerio de Cultura y Turismo de Salta.

COLOMBIA. Gobernación respalda a organizaciones solidarias en Atlántico. El Universal (11 de Mayo de 2014). Jaime Berdugo Pérez destacó el hecho de que estén constituidas por grupos sociales como personas mayores, miembros de las juntas de acción comunal, jóvenes y colectivos de mujeres, entre otros.

ARGENTINA. Artesanos de todo el país en Santa Fe. El Litoral (7 de Mayo de 2014). El encuentro, que cuenta con el apoyo de la Municipalidad, tendrá entrada libre y gratuita los días jueves, viernes y sábado, de 15 a 23; y el domingo, de 10 a 23.

 

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BRASIL. Artesão mineiro entra em campo na Copa do Mundo. EM (11 de Maio de 2014) por Marta Vieira. Com apoio do Sebrae, 400 profissionais do estado produzem peças para venda em feiras na capital no período do Mundial.

BRASIL. CPI convoca diretores da marca Zara. Midia News (10 de Maio de 2014) via Reporter Brasil. Grife internacional estaria supostamente envolvida em trabalho forçado. De novo, diretores da Zara foram convocados a prestar esclarecimentos sobre uso de trabalho escravo na produção de peças da marca na Assembleia Legislativa de São Paulo.

BRASIL. Formalização de microempreendedores e inscrições para capacitação e consultoria empresarial estarão disponíveis no Abraça Fortal. Prefeitura de Fortaleza (8 de Maio de 2014). As atividades compõem o Programa de Empreendedorismo Sustentável (PES), que promove apoio aos micro e pequenos empreendedores nos eixos formalização, crédito, capacitação e comercialização.

BRASIL. O poder feminino na economia solidária. Namu (29 de Abril de 2014). Mulheres são as que mais se beneficiam das cooperativas urbanas, explica o economista Paul Singer.