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A methodology and calculator tool enabling the estimation of greenhouse gas emissions that waste picker groups prevent. The tool, which was developed...
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About Wiego

Women in Informal Employment: Globalizing and Organizing (WIEGO) is a global network focused on empowering the working poor, especially women, in the informal economy to secure their livelihoods. We believe that all workers should have equal economic opportunities, rights, protection and voice. WIEGO promotes change by improving statistics and expanding knowledge on the informal economy, building networks and capacity among informal worker organizations and, jointly with the networks and organizations, 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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Myrtle Witbooi was an inspirational, principled, respected and much loved domestic worker leader, in South Africa and internationally. She passed away on 16 January 2023. WIEGO and the thousands of domestic workers, trade unionists and others who...
The Social Innovation Awards recognize leaders, and social and environmental change initiatives that have the potential to respond to the complex problems facing our world. In 2023, the Schwab Foundation awarded WIEGO in a new category on Collective...
Happy New Year to one and all. I hope that the early days of 2023 are bringing you a sense of renewal, hope and unity as we look toward the year ahead.