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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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Data from the first round of the WIEGO-led COVID-19 Crisis and the Informal Economy Study in 12 cities point to three common patterns across worker groups and continents. The first is a sudden and massive drop in earnings. Given that many informal...
Los datos arrojados por la primera fase del estudio sobre la crisis de la COVID-19 y la economía informal, dirigido por WIEGO en 12 ciudades, señalan tres patrones comunes a los grupos ocupacionales en todos los continentes. El primero es una caída...
Two domestic workers from India share their experiences about the impact of COVID-19 and the lockdown on their work and lives, the difficulties they have faced and the support they have received. They explain that, even today, as the lockdown has...