A tale of the “other” workers: An observation on home-based women workers in Indonesia
Home Based Workers in Indonesia are highly vulnerable as they work without formal contracts. They endure unstable incomes, low wages, no insurance, and inadequate working conditions. In some instances, they also face domestic violence. The digital economy poses another challenge for these workers since most are not digitally literate.
In this joint op-ed by MSC and Ministry of Women’s Empowerment and Child Protection, Indonesia, MSC acknowledges the interplay of four key interdependent factors that are commonly overlooked while designing programs for HBWs. We also recommend ways for recognizing the profiles and gaps of women HBWs to increase their mobility, quality of employment, and economic empowerment.
Can we turn the COVID-19 crisis into an opportunity to enable indigenous capabilities?
At MSC, we believe that the COVID-19 pandemic gives us the opportunity and impetus to turn the crisis into an opportunity by developing indigenous capabilities instead of flying in international consultants. After all, local experts may have more to offer than meets the eye.