Organizing

Women Informal Workers Challenge Invisibility in Dakar

Women Informal Workers Challenge Invisibility in Dakar

Thu Mar 21, 2019

By Ana Carolina Ogando and Carlin Carr with Adama Soumare, Maguette Diop and Jenna Harvey

Liberia’s Street Vendors Pioneer New Approach with City Officials

Liberia’s Street Vendors Pioneer New Approach with City Officials

Tue Jan 29, 2019
Occupational Groups: Street Vendors
Topics: Organizing

By Sarah Orleans Reed & Mike Bird

Street vendors from Bangkok to Bogota face constant, daily harassment as they go about selling their goods to earn a living. 

Five Achievements for Informal Workers in 2018

Five Achievements for Informal Workers in 2018

Tue Jan 1, 2019
Topics: Organizing

Change doesn’t come passively, especially for the world’s most invisible workers. That’s why informal workers across the globe have been rallying together, forming stronger and savvier membership-based organizations and standing up to demand recognition and rights.

These five stories exemplify the important outcomes of grassroots organizing efforts – from a new street vendor organization calling on Bangkok’s municipality to halt evictions to women headloaders in Accra’s famed markets who demanded the abolishment of unfair tolls.

L’égalité des sexes : les travailleuses pauvres redéfinissent la voie à suivre

L’égalité des sexes : les travailleuses pauvres redéfinissent la voie à suivre

Fri Mar 8, 2019

En cette Journée internationale de la femme, WIEGO lance une série d’un mois sur la vie des femmes travailleuses de l’économie informelle. Nous examinerons les défis auxquels elles sont confrontées en tant que femmes, mères, épouses et membres de communautés qui, en leur imposant une myriade de restrictions de divers ordres, limitent souvent leur capacité de gagner leur vie. Suivez-nous sur Twitter @wiegoglobal.

Las mujeres pobres redefinen la forma de lograr la igualdad de género

Las mujeres pobres redefinen la forma de lograr la igualdad de género

Fri Mar 8, 2019

Con motivo del Día Internacional de la Mujer, WIEGO va a presentar una serie de artículos durante este mes de marzo para profundizar en las vidas de las mujeres que trabajan en la economía informal. Vamos a explorar los desafíos que afrontan, como mujeres, madres, esposas y miembros de comunidades que a menudo les imponen infinidad de restricciones para generar ingresos. 

Puede seguirnos en Twitter @wiegoglobal.

Working Poor Women are Redefining How to Achieve Gender Equality

Working Poor Women are Redefining How to Achieve Gender Equality

Fri Mar 8, 2019

This International Women’s Day, WIEGO is launching a month-long series to dive into the lives of women working in the informal economy. We will explore the challenges they face as women, mothers, wives and members of communities who often place restrictions on their earning power in myriad ways. Follow us on Twitter @wiegoglobal.

Sisterhood: How Solidarity Led Indian Women to Take on Gender Discrimination

Sisterhood: How Solidarity Led Indian Women to Take on Gender Discrimination

Tue Mar 5, 2019
Occupational Groups: Home-Based Workers
Topics: Organizing

By Carlin Carr with Avi Majithia

In the Delhi slum of Rajiv Nagar, Nazma rises early — often before her five grown children and husband — to make tea for her family, cook homemade meals to send with them to work, and sweep their small abode.

She often wishes she could work like office workers, uninterrupted by domestic chores.

In India, Pune’s Poorest Operate One of the World’s Most Cost-effective Waste Management Models

In India, Pune’s Poorest Operate One of the World’s Most Cost-effective Waste Management Models

Wed Feb 20, 2019
Occupational Groups: Waste Pickers
Regions: India, Pune, South Asia
Topics: Organizing

A Q&A with Lakshmi Narayan

As cities across the globe struggle to find efficient, cost-effective ways to manage waste, the women waste pickers of Pune, India, have launched a pioneering way forward. 

Strategies for Street Vendors to Create “Public Space for All”

Strategies for Street Vendors to Create “Public Space for All”

Tue Jan 22, 2019

By Jenna Harvey

“I want to see an eviction-free city. I want to see them [street vendors] having a right to the city, where no government, no official, will harass them. But we have to do it under a regulation, even though we want access in the city — we want to operate in the city — we also believe that we have our own part to play.” - Anass Ibriahim, President of the Informal Hawkers and Vendors Association of Ghana

Mobile Money for Member Dues: Can technology transform worker organizations?

Mobile Money for Member Dues: Can technology transform worker organizations?

Jane Barrett Mon May 14, 2018
Occupational Groups: Transport Workers
Topics: Organizing

In this article, our Organization and Representation Programme Director, Jane Barrett, tells us about an innovative mobile money dues collection initiative. It was launched by the Amalgamated Transport and General Workers Union of Uganda (ATGWU) and has revolutionized an antiquated administrative system. She spoke with John Mark Mwanika, ATGWU’s project coordinator, for this piece.

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