Securing Economic Rights for Informal Women Workers

Strengthening the organizing and leadership capacity of informal women workers fosters economic self-reliance and increases women's participation in politics, governance and management. Through this project, women leaders have gained skills and knowledge, including about decision-making processes of policymakers, how government spending allocations are decided, and how informal workers' organizations can participate in those decisions.

This project also aims to raise awareness among policymakers that the majority of those living in poverty are working people, and these workers have specific needs to reduce their risks and increase their potential to overcome poverty. This is being done through research, and by helping women informal workers collectively raise their voices and engage in dialogue and sharing.  

Developed with WIEGO's partner networks and organizations, the project has aimed to strengthen the voice, visibility and validity of informal women workers on both policy and practice levels. Seven project elements are affecting change in over 40 countries.  

Domestic Worker

Domestic Workers’ Leadership

Fair Trade Producers

Fair Trade

Voice and Leadership, Women's Economic Empowerment

Voice and Leadership

Home-Based Workers and Economic Empowerment

Home-Based Workers

Women's Leadership

Women’s Leadership Assembly

Street Vendor

Street and Market Vendors

Law and Informal Workers

Law and the Informal Economy

Securing Economic Rights for Informal Women Workers - Newsletter

Securing Economic Rights for Informal Women Workers - Newsletter

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This project has received support from Funding Leadership and Opportunities for Women (FLOW), Government of the Netherlands, Ministry of Foreign Affairs. 


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Despite inherent differences between the targeted employment sectors and geographic regions, all project elements share these goals:

  • to strengthen leadership of women informal workers so they can articulate their needs and concerns to policymakers at all levels (municipal, national, regional, global) 
  • to strengthen membership-based organizations of the working poor, across employment sectors, to address issues of organizing, market access, networking, policy influence and policy change
  • to achieve positive policy changes that will improve the lives of women informal workers 
  • to improve the information available to informal workers and to policymakers and share key success factors where livelihoods have been approved, leading to a multiplier effect through the movement of the working poor 
  • to develop the ability of informal workers’ organizations to provide training and skills development to their members through the sharing of best practices within and between countries 
  • to increase women’s active participation in their organizations and build their capacity to assume leadership roles

Ongoing Assessment

Assessment of the project over its duration is looking at both the immediate impact of the project in relation to its outcomes and the key success factors essential for the delivery of lasting change. Securing Economic Rights for Informal Women Workers continued through December 2015.

The following Case Studies were developed as part of “Securing Economic Rights for Informal Women Workers” final evaluation and are based on analysis of outputs, interviews with Programme Directors and Project Partners, and particular successes or innovations. These reports were conducted in order to deepen assessment of impact for direct beneficiaries and to conduct interviews with a sample of the target group in the project areas as follows:

Summary of the FLOW Annual Report 2014, 1 June 2015

This report captures the results achieved by 28 projects operating under FLOW, that received additional funding during 2013-14. The results are discussed per theme and the report includes the three complementary themes as well, that were added just for the additional funding. In the report, you will also find the impact of the additional funding as measured by the FLOW Team with the Common Indicator tool, which was especially designed for FLOW. This information is accompanied by exemplary anecdotes that were reported by the FLOW organizations to whom we are much obliged for their continuous and detailed reporting.