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 presenter was: 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.