The opportunity for Homenet Southeast Asia to project itself has been realized during the AWID Forum on “How Change Happens”. With Homenet SEA Regional Coordinator Prof. Rosalinda “Inday” Pineda-Ofreneo as the session moderator, the interactive panel presentation on “Social Protection for Homeworkers in Southeast and South Asia”took place on 27 October 2005 at the Singapore Room, Shangri-La Hotel, in Bangkok, Thailand.
The presentation drew largely from the results of a two-year participatory research project spearheaded by Homenet Southeast Asia and Homenet South Asia. The presentors were: Dr. Donna Doane, on the comparison between South and Southeast Asian country studies and contexts; Boonsoom Namsomboon (HomeNet Thailand), on the results of the Thai research study on Social Protection; PATAMABA (Homenet Philippines) homeworker leaders, with insights on Philippine case studies; Dr. Hesti Wijaya (Homenet Indonesia) on the development of indigenous schemes as the best alternative to not having any means of protection; and Ratna Sudarshan (Homenet South Asia), on the initial results of an on-going study on the social protection needs of home based workers in South Asia.
There were more than thirty participants from Thailand, Philippines, Africa, Lao P.D.R., Indonesia, United Kingdom and Japan who attended the presentation.