On 25 – 26 October 2005, Homenet Southeast Asia, in cooperation with Homenet Thailand, sponsored a Subregional Workshop on Social Protection at the Asia Hotel, Bangkok, Thailand with support from Ford Foundation and UNIFEM-ESE-Asia. Joining the workshop were mostly homeworker-members of Homenets in Thailand, Indonesia, Philippines, and Laos. Official and representatives of international development agencies, the Thai national government and international NGOs were invited to grace the workshop’s plenary opening, where Senator Jon Ungpakorn delivered an inspiring message on an extension of social security to informal workers.
During this workshop, the research outputs of the two-country research project entitled “Extending Social Protection to Homeworkers in Thailand and the Philippines: Analyzing, Evaluating and Sustaining the Work in Progress and Drawing Lessons from the Experience ” were presented.
This undertaking also served as a forum for sharing social protection experiences by representatives of HomeNet South Asia, Homenet Indonesia, and the CDEA in Laos, and advancing policy alternatives and plans of action among participating countries at the national and subregional levels.