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Informal Economy & WIEGO

Informal Workers Organizing Internationally

Timeline of Key Events

sewa women1970s  

1972 – Founding of SEWA

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

Background on Informal Economy Budget Analysis

Informal Economy Budget Analysis (IEBA) explores how budgets respond to the informal economy, draws inspiration from gender-responsive budgeting initiatives and participatory budget initiatives.

Gender-responsive budgeting initiatives take many forms and can involve diverse actors. However, all ask the underlying question as to how government budgets differentially address the needs and interests of women and men, girls and boys.

Informal Workers Present Proposals to Political Parties

Informal workers presented their proposals to the political parties contending for the presidency in Peru

May 27, 2016
Lima, Peru

Urban Renewal, Heritage Sites & Urban Livelihoods: Devi-Ben, Street Vendor

Urban Renewal, Heritage Sites & Urban Livelihoods: Devi-Ben, Street Vendor

These are the reflections of Marty Chen, WIEGO’s International Coordinator, following an Exposure-Dialogue Programme held January 27-February 1, 2013 in Ahmedabad, India, as part of WIEGO’s Law & Informality project. During the Exposure, Marty and Michael Piore of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology were guests of Devi-ben.

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.
International Domestic Workers

Global Recession Impact: Personal Stories from Informal Workers

Uncertain Times

The global economic crisis that rocked the world in 2008 led to increased financial hardship for informal workers, most of whom already lived in precarious circumstances. Here is a sampling of their stories, told during  2009 and 2010. 

Law and the Informal Economy October 2018

Law and the Informal Economy

October 2018