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Awards and Recognition

  • November 2002: eHomemakers won the Pan Asia Networking Small Grant (an international award funded by several international fund providers including the United Nations) to research on the barriers faced by disadvantaged women to learn computer skills and enter into homepreneurship. The Gender Governance principle, a social framework to help the poor and disadvantaged, was created to further move the pilot project. 
  • October 2003: Our excellent research work was further recognized when eHomemakers won one of the seven international awards under the Pan Asia R and D Small Grant to research and develop a web-SMS/fax integrated application to help disadvantaged women to group market their home-based products and services as they have many personal barriers that prevent them from marketing products/services on their own.
  • December 2003: The founder and manger of eHomemakers, Ms. Chong Sheau Ching, was the sole recipient of the Women’s Electronic Network Training (WENT) Award at the World Summit on the Information Society in Geneva.
  • December 2004: eHomemakers won the IDRC competitive grant round for research entitled, “Research on Homeworkers and ICT in Southeast Asia”.  
  • July 2005: Two papers entitled, “How Gender Dynamics Affect Teleworkers' Performance in Malaysiaand "Empowering Homemakers To Become e-Homepreneurs Through A Gender Governance Framework" were accepted by the University of Pennsylvania's prestigious Gender/ICT Encyclopedia. 
  • September 2005: eHomemakers was chosen as a runner-up in the Gender and ICT Awards. Sponsored by the Association for Progressive Communications Women's Networking Support Programme and the Global Knowledge Partnership, the Award recognises our role in being able to “... provide choices and opportunities for women, provide strong encouragement for women to fulfil their potential, and enable women to acquire the voice and capability to counter their lack of socio-economic-political power in the community”.  Presentation ceremonies were held at the AWID conference in Bangkok (September) and the World Summit of the Information Society II in Tunis (November).
  • May  2007: eHomemakers was chosen by UNDP Asia Pacific as one of seven best practice case studies for poverty alleviation. A case study was published by UNDP and a documentary was made for this recognition.

  • October 2008: eHomemakers was chosen as the winner of the MSC Malaysia - Ericsson CR Innovation Awards (Professional Category) with our innovative system, Distributed Work Management Application (ECHO, formerly DWMA), a PC-to-mobile collaborative marketing tool on an integrated platform that enables our Salaam Wanita coordinator to efficiently manage a network of home-based, disadvantaged women to sell their Eco-BasketsPic

  • April 2009: eHomemakers received the Social Enterprise Award from MCA ICT Resource Center (MIRC) at its first annual dinner on April 27, 2009.

  • October 2009: eHomemakers' Distributed Work Management Application (DWMA) was one of the finalists for the APICTA awards
  • Social Enterprise Award, MIRC, Malaysia 2009
  • Nominated by Asoka Foundation, Washington DC, for Social Enterprise Award – Women, Tool and Technology, 2009
  • November 2012: Winner of ISIF Award - Code for the common good Pic
  • Recognition from Coach & Growth Programme (Proficeo Go4Growth): Page 1 Page 2 Page 3



    Research Papers by eHomemakers:
    Below are three research projects that were undertaken by eHomemakers. All the reports are available for purchase at our e-store.
    1. Cost Of Work Survey
    eHomemakers/ Mothers for Mothers carried out this survey towards the end of 2002. The survey participants were 1,076 working men and women in Kuala Lumpur/ Petaling Jaya, Penang, Johor Bahru, Ipoh and the cyber community. This survey reveals the true financial cost of working full time outside the home.

    Time spent commuting was converted into Ringgit (the Malaysian currency) according to the monetary value respondents place on the time factor. Each factor is evaluated as a percentage of the respondent’s monthly salary.

    The main objective of this preliminary phase is to investigate the expenses incurred by people who go out to work, i.e. how much of their salaries actually go towards the cost of sustaining their working life. Time spent commuting was converted into Ringgit (the Malaysian currency) according to the value respondents place on this time factor. Each factor is evaluated as a percentage of monthly salary.

    Findings: This survey highlights that a worker sacrifices almost 40% of his/ her monthly salary on fixed working expenses (i.e. Commuting, Time and Babysitting / Maid) and another 30% on self-maintenance (i.e. Working Attire, Office Meals, Cosmetics / Haircare) as a direct result of working outside the home, leaving only 30% for other expenses.
    2. A Study On How Gender Dynamics Affect Teleworkers Performance In Malaysia
    The objective of this study is to explore how Malaysian women’s family lives and home situations affect their performance as teleworkers.
    The paper delves into concerns like how ICTs and gender issues affect telecommuting, whether ICT can affect the efficiency and productivity of a teleworker and the conditions that enable women to be efficient teleworkers.
    Recommendations have been made to create an enabling environment for home-based work to be successfully undertaken.
    Findings: These findings were presented at the WSIS APC sessions in 2003. It has been found that, with time flexibility and ICT usage, teleworking generally improves women's lives.
    3. Empowering Homemakers To Become Homepreneurs And eHomemakers Through A Gender Governance Framework
    A study was conducted on the special members of our pilot project, Salaam Wanita. Most Salaam Wanita members are homebound because of physical disabilities, illnesses or family commitments such as being caregivers to disabled and chronically ill family members. Consequently, they are unable to seek employment or business opportunities outside their homes to supplement their family incomes.
    In addition to discrimination and prejudice from the public, depression resulting from long-term isolation and their lack of self-esteem prevent most of them from seeking income-generating options outside the confines of their homes.
    The barriers that prevent Salaam Wanita members from using ICT and becoming home-based entrepreneurs for economic self-reliance were identified.
    The study reveals that women have to go through the 5As Process of Change within the Gender Governance framework to take ownership of knowledge, share information and participate in activities that empower them to work from home.



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