Specific guidelines for waste pickers and their organizations on how to protect against exposure to COVID-19 while collecting and sorting waste.
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About Wiego

WIEGO is a global network focused on securing livelihoods for the working poor, especially women, in the informal economy.

Informal workers need voice, visibility and validity. WIEGO creates change by building capacity among informal worker organizations, expanding the knowledge base, and influencing local, national and international policies.

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About the Informal economy

The informal economy includes workers who do not have employment-based social protection and enterprises which are not incorporated or registered.

Global estimates on the size of informal employment (ILO 2018) show 61% of all workers worldwide are informally employed. 

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In March 2020, WIEGO’s board of directors met in Delhi and unanimously elected Mirai Chatterjee to be the new board chair. Outgoing WIEGO chair Renana Jhabvala was lauded at the board meeting for her long and dedicated leadership.

“Aplanar la curva” se ha convertido en el mantra de la pandemia del COVID-19, pero los pedidos de autoaislamiento y de distanciamiento social han profundizado drásticamente las desigualdades en nuestra sociedad, incluso entre la clase trabajadora.


“Flattening the curve” has become a mantra of the COVID-19 pandemic — but calls for staying home and social distancing have starkly emphasized the inequalities in our society, including amongst workers. 

Social distancing and staying home are real...