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Closing the Gender Data Gap

On July 19, 2012, the US State Department and Gallup co-organized a conference in Washington, DC on “Evidence and Impact: Closing the Gender Data Gap”.

Durban Legal Victory

Introduction: 

John Makwicana, a vendor in Warwick Junction in Durban/eThekwini, South Africa, took the municipality to court, claiming the law that allowed the confiscation of his goods was unconstitutional. He won a legal victory for street traders in South Africa. John died on March 7, 2018, but his legacy will live on. This videos captures a last interview with him. The rest of the story is detailed below.

Story of a Legal Victory

Since 2008, WIEGO has worked closely with Asiye eTafuleni ("a seat at the table" in Zulu) in Durban/eThekwini, South Africa. Founded by two former city employees who had worked together with informal workers in the Warwick Junction precinct of the city, the NGO provides design, legal and other support to street vendors, market traders, barrow operators, waste pickers and garment producers in Warwick Junction.

WIEGO Special Initiatives: Past Initiatives

WIEGO Special Initiatives:
Past Initiatives

Collaborative Advocacy

China-India Comparative Labour Markets Research Project

Cornell-SEWA-WIEGO Exposure Dialogue Programme

Oaxaca Mexico EDPFrom 2004 - 2011, WIEGO co-organized a series of Exposures and Dialogues with Cornell University and the Self-Employed Women’s Association (SEWA) of India. The initiative promoted a dialogue between mainstream economists from Cornell, activists from SEWA, and researchers from the WIEGO Network.

Focal Cities Mexico City

Domestic workers at a workshop in Mexico City

In Mexico, 57 per cent of workers are employed in the informal economy – more than half the country's employed population.

In Mexico City (CDMX), 23 per cent of the economically-active population is informally employed, while 24 per cent are in formal employment and 53 per cent are not employed.

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Mexico City Recognizes the Rights of Informal Waste Pickers

Mexico City Recognizes the Rights of Informal Waste Pickers

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Exposure Dialogue Programmes

Exposure Dialogue Programmes (EDPs) allow researchers and practitioners from a wide range of fields to experience firsthand the challenges workers in informal employment face.

Guests live and work alongside their hosts for a period of days. After the exposure, both guests and hosts reflect on the experience. Guests then engage in a structured dialogue on a relevant topic such as informality and labour markets or informality and law. Afterward, they are asked to write their personal reflections and technical notes.