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Informal Hawkers and Vendors Association of Ghana (IHVAG)

Introduction: 

Informal Hawkers and Vendors Association of Ghana (IHVAG)

The Informal Hawkers and Vendors Association of Ghana (IHVAG) was formed in 2003, and registered in 2005. It was formerly called StreetNet Ghana. Currently, there are over 6,000 members, who work in street and market trading; approximately two-thirds of the members are women. The organization has six branches in two cities, and is governed by an executive committee of five women and two men.

Waste Integration in South Africa (WISA)

Waste Integration in South Africa (WISA)

Strengthening the Role of Informal Waste Pickers

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The Campaign for a Domestic Workers' Convention

History was made on June 16, 2011 when governments, employers and workers from around the world adopted the Convention (C189) and accompanying Recommendation on Decent Work for Domestic Workers at the 100th International Labour Conference (ILC).

This was a leap forward for an estimated 50–100 million people worldwide who work in the homes of their employers. The Convention recognizes the “significant contribution of domestic workers to the global economy”. Support was overwhelming, with more than 83 per cent of votes cast in favour of adoption.

ILO Convention Concerning Decent Work for Domestic Workers Adopted!

Domestic Workers Organizing at ILO 2011

History was made June 16, 2011 when governments, employers and workers from around the world adopted the Convention and accompanying Recommendation on Decent Work for Domestic Workers at the 100th International Labour Conference (ILC) in Geneva, Switzerland.

Ratification by Countries of Domestic Workers' Convention (C189)

Ratification by Countries of Domestic Workers' Convention (C189)

These countries have ratified the Domestic Workers Convention 2011 (C189) and Recommendation (No. 201):

Domestic Workers celebrate C189 Convention

WIEGO Briefs

WIEGO Briefs are part of our Publication Series.

Nohra Padilla Awarded Goldman Environmental Prize

Nohra Padilla Awarded Goldman Environmental Prize

Nohra Padilla, Waste picker from Colombia, Recipient of 2013 Goldman Envrionmental Award

Informal Workers Organizing Internationally

Timeline of Key Events

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1972 – Founding of SEWA

1980s
1983 – SEWA affiliates with International Union of Food and Allied Workers’ Associations (IUF)
1988 – Founding of Latin American and Caribbean Confederation of Household Workers (CONLACTRAHO)
1989 – Founding of National Network of Homeworkers (PATAMABA) Philippines

Waste & Gender: Rethinking Relations for Empowerment

by Deia de Brito, with Sonia Diaswoman waste picker

Little research exists about gender relations and divisions among waste pickers. A collaborative project involving waste pickers in Latin America has shed light on the multiple levels of discrimination that women waste pickers face and their needs.

International Domestic Workers’ Network

In October 2013, the IDWN transformed itself into the first global union organization in the world run by women: the International Domestic Workers' Federation (IDWF). Read more.
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