In the third blog in the Business and Human Rights Resource Centre’s Invisible Workers series, Lucy Brill from Homeworkers Worldwide explores the controversial relationship between homeworking and child labour, highlighting important new evidence that suggests that homeworking (when carried out by parents) can actually be good for children. Click on the link to read the full blog
In the second blog in the Business and Human Rights Resource Centre’s Invisible Workers series, HWW’s academic adviser Annie Delaney from RMIT University in Melbourne, Australia explains how addressing homeworking in supply chains is one of the most gender-friendly actions a brand can take.
HWW is delighted to announce the launch of the first of a series of blogs on Homeworking in the Leather Footwear Industry, with a piece entitled ‘Human rights due diligence can help home-based workers hidden in India’s Leather Industry’.
This was written by Pradeepan Ravi from Cividep India, and is hosted on the Business and Human rights Resource Centre website.
The blog series is the result of a collaboration between Pradeepan Ravi from Cividep India, Lucy Brill from Homeworkers Worldwide and Annie Delaney from RMIT university, Melbourne, Australia. Great to be working with you both on this!
Great to see this blog on FashionRevolution.org, written by Mary Milne from our partner Traidcraft exchange.
She highlights the important contribution that hidden homeworkers make to global supply chains, helping fashion brands manage demand and produce beautiful hand-stitched clothes.
With the ongoing Covid 19 pandemic, many homeworkers have lost their livelihoods and have no social security or savings to fall back on. Work has completely stopped and they are very unlikely to receive any compensation or benefits. Read the full article here:
The Coronavirus pandemic has brought the world to a grinding halt.
Our partners in South Asia are reporting a very difficult situation, as the potential impact of the virus on people living on very low incomes and in overcrowded accommodation is compounded by the economic consequences of the virus and of government responses.
As the Clean Clothes Campaign is documenting, the slowdown in China has meant that many international brands were already cancelling their orders, leading to factory closures, unpaid wages and unemployment. Migrant workers are particularly vulnerable, as once they lose their work, many have no option but to set out on foot to return to their home villages.
Homeworkers are facing challenging situations, as much of their work too has come to a standstill. As they are employed informally they are rarely covered by social security schemes, leaving them with no income or access to health care, facing hunger and destitution.
HWW is currently discussing with our partners in South Asia to understand more about how best we can support their response to the crisis, but in the meantime, you can read more about homeworkers’ situation in this report by our partners Homenet South Asia.