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Nohra Padilla Awarded Goldman Environmental Prize

Nohra Padilla Awarded Goldman Environmental Prize

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

Ratifications of the Home Work Convention (C177)

Home-Based Workers

Ten countries have ratified the Home Work Convention (C177) of 1996, which aims to promote and protect the rights of those who work at home to create products specified by an employer. Recent years saw a resurgence in advocacy and a growth in ratifications. Through concerted efforts, this will continue to grow. Considerable time, energy and resources were spent on campaigning for ratification of C177.

Increasing the Visibility of Informal Workers through Photography

Increasing the Visibility of Informal Workers through Photography

Informal workers sell bananas at Agbogbloshie Market in Accra, Ghana
Photo by Jonathan Torgovnik/Getty Images Reportage

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.

Waste Pickers in Bogota Lend Support to Mayor Gustavo Petro

Waste Pickers in Bogota Lend Support to Mayor Gustavo Petro

Waste Picker working at a recycling center in Bogota, Colombia

Waste Picker Video Series: Chronicle of a Fight for Inclusion

Waste Picker Video Series: Chronicle of a Fight for Inclusion

About the Series

(Text in Spanish follows the English version)

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

Media Advisory (South Africa) - State Force Unleashed on Peaceful Waste Pickers

groundWork (Friends of the Earth South Africa)
Hlanganani Ma-Afrika Waste Picker Cooperative

11 November, 2015

Concepts, Definitions & Methods

This section of the website provides interested users of statistics on informal employment with information to maximize the use of available data and to begin discussions with producers of these statistics to better meet their data needs. Dialogue and collaboration between statisticians and users of statistics is key to producing timely data that informs policy. (See, for example, "Improving statistics on informal employment in India: the role of users.")