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Victories for Domestic Workers in Mexico

December 28, 2018

The domestic workers movement achieved significant victories and gained profile worldwide in Mexico in December 2018: A Supreme Court decision will help extend social protection to domestic workers. The president announced he would send Convention 189 on Decent Work for Domestic Workers to the Senate. And a film about a domestic worker in Mexico City, Roma, took the world by storm. Read more.

Caroline Kihato

WIEGO Urban Policies Director featured in WUC's #OnTheMove Newsletter

December 21, 2018

In a recent Q&A for the World Urban Campaign (WUC) #OnTheMove Newsletter, WIEGO’s Urban Policies Programme Director, Caroline Wanjiku Kihato, discusses her background and research interests, as well as where she sees opportunities to better involve informal workers in the future of cities. Read more in the newsletter on the World Urban Campaign website.


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Digital Innovation Technologies for Creating Safer Cities

December 17, 2018

Shalini Sinha, Delhi Focal City Coordinator, highlighted how the lack of proper infrastructure like washrooms and toilets for women has contributed to harassment issues when she spoke at the 7th International Conference on Digital Innovation in New Delhi. The event was hosted by the FORE School of Management in partnership with The London School of Economics & Political Science, King’s College London and the Department of Management Studies (DMS) IIT Delhi. Read more in this OHKLA Times article.

How Digital Platforms are Shaping Africa's Informal Economy

December 16, 2018

Marty Chen's Rethinking the Informal Economy was recently cited as Recommended Reading on Kioneki, a blog by Michael Kimani, a thought leader in the blockchain and cryptocurrency industry that looks at the future generation of informal workers in Africa. The blog "How Digital Platforms are Shaping Africa’s Informal Economy looks at how young informal workers have adopted and adapted gig economy tools and digital platforms to meet their needs for a flexible and negotiable digital marketplace -- changing the face of informal work in the process.

Empowering the Poorest of the Poor

December 14, 2018

A recent article, entitled,Empowering the poorest of the poor, on the Giving Evidence website, highlights the plight/realities of informal workers. WIEGO is referenced several times throughout the article and Caroline Skinner, Director, Urban Research, is quoted saying “Officials are often visibly shocked by the size and contribution of these workers.”

Read the entire article here.

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A Holistic Approach to Women's Rights

December 6, 2018

WIEGO Senior Advisor was part of a special event at the Harvard Kennedy School that celebrated Malala Yousafzai and explored the interconnected challenges that women face globally and the solutions for improving women’s status and rights. Marty stressed the importance of representation in statistics as a source of empowerment and spoke about resilience and leadership at the grassroots level. Read more in the article on the Harvard Kennedy School website.


WIEGO's General Assembly Held

November 12-14, 2018

Over 130 people from 41 countries came together for the WIEGO Network's 7th General Assembly: Organizing for Change.Held in Johannesburg, South Africa, the GA gathered leaders, activists, researchers and policymakers in the informal economy to celebrate past achievements and chart the course ahead. Read more.

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Public Space for All Resources

November 2018

The Public Space for All project, a joint initiative of WIEGO and the Cities Alliance Joint Work Programme on Equitable Economic Growth in Cities, has produced three new resources for both  informal worker organizations and public officials. These manuals and toolkits aim to help all stakeholders achieve more inclusive city management and regulations. Read more and access the resources.