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Waste pickers have won several legal actions in Latin America over the past two decades. This edition looks at the lessons learned.
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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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Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR) transfers the responsibility of waste management from municipal authorities to the producers of the waste materials. Despite the important role that informal economy workers who collect and segregate waste could...
In a ground-breaking decision for street vendors and other informal workers, the Constitutional Court of Uganda found the country’s vagrancy laws, which are often used to evict or arrest workers who work in public space, to be unconstitutional.
Organizations representing over 2.1 million workers in informal employment around the world call on governments to prioritize the future of this essential workforce, as policymakers respond to the climate crisis, amid the soaring cost of living...