Global Advocacy

Five Must-reads on Including Street Vendors in Public Spaces

Five Must-reads on Including Street Vendors in Public Spaces

Tue Jun 4, 2019

Street vendors are facing unprecedented challenges in cities across the globe, despite global development goals calling for more economically and socially inclusive cities.

Where are the inclusive cities? Street vendors globally face increasing hostility

Where are the inclusive cities? Street vendors globally face increasing hostility

Tue May 7, 2019

The WIEGO Urban Policies Team analyzed news articles on street vendors from six continents over the past 18 months to gain a better understanding of how these informal workers are — or, more precisely, “aren’t” — being incorporated into 21st-century cities. A troubling portrait emerged of widespread evictions in urban hubs everywhere — from New York to New Delhi.

¿Dónde están las ciudades inclusivas? Vendedores y vendedoras ambulantes en todo el mundo se enfrentan a hostilidades crecientes

¿Dónde están las ciudades inclusivas? Vendedores y vendedoras ambulantes en todo el mundo se enfrentan a hostilidades crecientes

Sun Apr 28, 2019

El equipo de Políticas Urbanas de WIEGO analizó en los últimos 18 meses nuevos artículos sobre venta ambulante en seis países para comprender mejor cómo estas personas trabajadoras en empleo informal están siendo ‒o, más precisamente, “no están siendo”‒ incorporadas en las ciudades del siglo XXI. Los desalojos de los centros urbanos en todas partes ‒desde Nueva York a Nueva Delhi‒ muestran un panorama preocupante.

Strategies for Successful Collective Actions: A step-by-step guide

Strategies for Successful Collective Actions: A step-by-step guide

Chris Bonner Tue Jun 26, 2018

This week, we take a step-by-step look at what it takes for informal workers’ to stage a successful collective action. We’ll dive into the necessary preparatory processes and break down key concepts. This article is excerpted from our sixth book in our popular series, Organizing in the Informal Economy: Resource Books for Organizers. This book dives into the nitty gritty of planning, preparing and taking an action, and provides checklists, guides, action examples, and post-action reflections.

Five Blogs from 2017 that Take on Big Ideas for Informal Workers

Five Blogs from 2017 that Take on Big Ideas for Informal Workers

Wed Dec 27, 2017

As a global research-policy-action network, WIEGO’s team members are in a unique position to lead debates and contribute grounded new ideas for improving the lives of informal workers across continents. Research units from our four core programmes – Law, Organization and Representation, Social Protection, Statistics and Urban Policies – regularly produce new research reports, policy papers, statistical briefs and workers resources to continue evolving understanding and perspectives on informal worker issues and potential actions. 

Five Blogs that Highlight Key Achievements for Informal Workers in 2017

Five Blogs that Highlight Key Achievements for Informal Workers in 2017

Wed Dec 27, 2017

The global movement of informal workers – led by worker organizations in Asia, Africa, Europe, and Latin America – made major strides this year, from developing women’s leadership and using international policy instruments on the local level, to challenging the privatization of waste in South Africa. 

2017 even saw the launch of a new regional organization in Latin America to strengthen cross-national goals. As the year comes to a close, we look back at some of the memorable achievements in 2017 for informal workers and their organizations.

 

Nothing for us without us: Participatory processes and the New Urban Agenda

Nothing for us without us: Participatory processes and the New Urban Agenda

Rhonda Douglas Sat May 20, 2017
Occupational Groups: Street Vendors

Half the world’s population live in cities, and urban informal workers make important economic, social, and environmental contributions to city life. Rhonda  Douglas from WIEGO argues that the New Urban Agenda must include all urban stakeholders, including the working poor, to ensure it doesn’t leave anyone behind.

Towards a Transformative Agenda for Women’s Economic Empowerment

Towards a Transformative Agenda for Women’s Economic Empowerment

Mon Mar 6, 2017

By Jenna Harvey

There is a growing global consensus that advancing women’s economic empowerment (WEE) is critical both as a matter of human rights and as a driver of sustainable development. But what does economic empowerment mean and who should define how it is achieved? 

“Our role has been to make the informal economy visible and give it validity”

“Our role has been to make the informal economy visible and give it validity”

Wed Sep 21, 2016

Renana Jhabvala discusses the UN Secretary-General’s first-ever High-level Panel (UN HLP) for Women’s Economic Empowerment

Renana Jhabvala is a world-renowned expert on women in the informal economy. She serves as Chair of the WIEGO Board and has been working with the Self Employed Women’s Association (SEWA) since 1977. Currently, she is SEWA’s National Coordinator, as well as the Chairperson of SEWA Bank and SEWA Bharat.

Gender-Just Cities and the New Urban Agenda

Gender-Just Cities and the New Urban Agenda

Fri Jun 17, 2016
Occupational Groups: Waste Pickers

By Ana Carolina Ogando

Madalena Duarte is a strong woman leader. She is also a waste picker in her hometown of Itaúna, Brazil – work she has been doing for many years to support her family. As a member of the National Waste Pickers Movement (or MNCR, its acronym in Portuguese) and the Red Latinoamericana de Recicladores (Red Lacre), Duarte has been fighting to increase women’s representation and raise women’s voices so their particular needs are heard more clearly.

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