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Theme: Informal Economy
Kenya Informal sector hardest hit by political impasse Citizen TV . (24 October 2017)
By Bwire, Victor.

The Rockefeller Foundation estimates 2.2 million residents of Nairobi work in the informal sector living in under-served informal settlements. As per Wiego Statistical Report Brief No.5 nearly half (48 percent) of all employed people in Kenya are women but only 18 percent are paid employees earning a wage or salary in comparison to 39 percent of men.

The food court will have 50 stalls set up by the States/ UTs each showcasing their distinctive cuisine, the National Association of Street Vendors of India (NASVI) with street food from different regions as well as by the Institutes of Hotel Management and ITDC.

Pakistan Regularise home-based workers, register them with SESSI, EOBI The News Pakistan . (21 October 2017)

Home-based workers play a crucial role in the development of any national economy and it is necessary that their rights are accepted and protected in sincerity if Pakistan is to truly progress, said Zehra Khan, general secretary of the Home-Based Women Workers Federation (HBWWF), on Friday.

Pakistan Home based workers demanding Basic Rights Be Xpress . (21 October 2017)

The home-based workers are playing a crucial role in the economy and it is necessary that their rights be accepted for the progress of the country. On the South Asian home-based workers day, we demand the Sindh government that it should legislate for their rights and get them registered with social security and pension funds like other workers.”

By Deen, Thalif.

The world’s tobacco companies – which have been widely ostracized in the UN system – may be ousted from one of their last fortified strongholds in the United Nations: the International Labour Organization (ILO).

India Could India support a basic income? OpenDemocracy . (18 October 2017)
By Davala, Sarath.

Among the national trade unions that are recognised by the Government of India within the tripartite structure of consultation, there is one more national union which works exclusively in the unorganised sector. That is SEWA, the Self Employed Women’s Association.

Nigeria Sub-regional trade unions, CSOs brainstorm in Nigeria Vanguard NGR . (18 October 2017)
By Ahiuma-Young, Victor.

The meeting was put together by Friedrich Ebert Stiftung, FES, Lagos, African Platform for Social Protection, APSP, Women in Informal Employment Globalizing and Organizing, WIEGO, and the International Trade Union Congress – African Region, ITUC-Africa, Lagos Nigeria.

Zimbabwe World Vendors tell Mugabe to “STOP IT” Zimeye . (17 October 2017)

We urge the Zimbabwean government to adopt a more inclusive way of dealing with street vendors in Zimbabwe through negotiations with organisations of street vendors, including StreetNet’s affiliate ZCIEA and other relevant stakeholders.

Pakistan Addressing Pakistan’s modern slavery problem Dawn . (16 October 2017)
By Ahmad, Iftikhar.

An ILO Report, released last month, has estimated that more than 40 million people are victims of modern slavery today.

By Noriega, Christina.

Federico Parra, a regional coordinator of the research and policy network, Women in Informal Employment: Globalizing and Organizing (WIEGO), says there may be a link to the importance of women’s roles in households and their leadership status in cooperatives.