Social Protection

How to Hit Women’s Economic Empowerment Targets: First ensure women can recognize their own dignity and self worth

How to Hit Women’s Economic Empowerment Targets: First ensure women can recognize their own dignity and self worth

Fri Mar 8, 2019

Valdete Roza is a Brazilian waste picker and leader in her cooperative who is pioneering gender discussions with her colleagues across her city and country.

By Carlin Carr and Ana Carolina Ogando

Like working women across the world, Valdete Roza hurriedly squeezes in a host of domestic activities — hanging newly washed clothes, making breakfast and prepping ingredients for the evening dinner — before heading out of the house to earn income to help support her family.

Como atingir as metas de empoderamento econômico das mulheres: Primeiro, garantir que as mulheres possam reconhecer sua própria dignidade e autoestima

Como atingir as metas de empoderamento econômico das mulheres: Primeiro, garantir que as mulheres possam reconhecer sua própria dignidade e autoestima

Tue Mar 12, 2019

Valdete Roza é uma catadora brasileira e líder em sua cooperativa. Ela é pioneira em discussões de gênero com catadoras e catadores em toda a sua cidade e país.

Por Carlin Carr e Ana Carolina Ogando

Q&A: New Project Highlights Health Risks Faced by Waste Pickers

Q&A: New Project Highlights Health Risks Faced by Waste Pickers

Tue Dec 11, 2018

By Sonia Dias & Ana Carolina Ogando

Waste pickers may keep cities clean, but they face hazardous conditions on the job. Their health and wellbeing is at risk on a daily basis. As they collect and sort urban waste, they are exposed to dangerous materials and workplace conditions, among other issues. 

Q&A: Novo projeto destaca os riscos à saúde enfrentados pelos catadores de materiais recicláveis

Q&A: Novo projeto destaca os riscos à saúde enfrentados pelos catadores de materiais recicláveis

Tue Dec 11, 2018

Por Sonia Dias e Ana Carolina Ogando

Os(as) catadores(as) mantêm as cidades limpas, mas enfrentam condições perigosas no trabalho. Sua saúde e bem-estar estão em risco diariamente. À medida que coletam e classificam os resíduos, eles estão expostos a materiais e condições de trabalho perigosos, entre outras questões. 

From Mozambique to Mexico, Domestic Workers are Fighting for their Rights — and Telling their Stories

From Mozambique to Mexico, Domestic Workers are Fighting for their Rights — and Telling their Stories

Tue Jun 19, 2018

Domestic workers — those who cook, clean, sweep, and child-mind in private homes across the globe — face unusually challenging circumstances in their every day working lives. Those challenges have fuelled a movement by the workers themselves, and this week we’ll hear from those women on the frontlines fighting for recognition and change.

Workplace Violence and Harassment: Informal Workers Also Need Protection

Workplace Violence and Harassment: Informal Workers Also Need Protection

Sun May 27, 2018

By Karin Pape & Leslie Vryenhoek

In city streets and markets across the Global South, street vendors have little protection from harassment, brutality, and theft. The perpetrators might be criminal gangs. Or, where insufficient regulation allows abuse of power, the perpetrators might be local authorities. In either case, vendors say police too often ignore their complaints.

"Take away these tolls": How Accra's poorest market workers got their wages back

"Take away these tolls": How Accra's poorest market workers got their wages back

Tue May 8, 2018
Occupational Groups: Street Vendors

By Carlin Carr

Accra’s colorful, bustling markets run on the back-breaking labour of some of the city’s poorest and most vulnerable. Goods are shuttled from stall to stall or from delivery areas to individual vendors atop the heads of kayayei – women who do some of the most physically demanding work in the markets. 

The women become kayayei for lack of alternatives. Many have come to Accra from extremely poor villages, arriving with few marketable skills and often low-literacy levels. They take up this work to survive.

Local Governments Should Prioritize Health and Safety for Informal Workers

Local Governments Should Prioritize Health and Safety for Informal Workers

Frances (Francie) Lund Mon Apr 23, 2018

The deadly factory fire at Rana Plaza five years ago this week sparked global outrage about workers’ safety. The incident in Bangladesh prompted discussion on national and international levels. But it is not just at these levels that health and safety can be addressed.

From Lima to Bangkok, WIEGO Lays Out Strategy to Improve Conditions of Informal Workers in Six Target Cities

From Lima to Bangkok, WIEGO Lays Out Strategy to Improve Conditions of Informal Workers in Six Target Cities

Fri Jan 26, 2018

By Jenna Harvey

It is morning rush hour in Bangkok and moto-taxi drivers ferry hurried commuters through stalled traffic. In Mexico City, shoe shiners line up outside office buildings, offering their services to professionals on their way to work. In Lima, parents walking their children to school stop to purchase a newspaper from a local vendor. 

Quality Child Care is a Missing Piece of the Poverty-reduction Puzzle

Quality Child Care is a Missing Piece of the Poverty-reduction Puzzle

Mon Jan 8, 2018

A discussion with Mirai Chatterjee on SEWA’s holistic model and approach

 

The Self Employed Women’s Association (SEWA) in India has been a pioneering trade union for poor women workers since 1972, branching off into a number of different initiatives to holistically support its members. It soon realized that a major need for women working in the informal economy was child care – but child care that met their unique needs. 

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