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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Although many informal workers are now considered to be “essential workers,” that was not always the case. Before the crisis, ongoing harassment by authorities, vilification in the media, and discrimination from the general public was commonplace...
The double tsunami of the pandemic and lockdown in India will continue to have devastating impacts on the health and livelihoods of the poor, and the government relief package has gaps that informal worker organizations say must be filled.
La cobertura de COVID-19 por parte de muchos de los medios de comunicación más influyentes del mundo ha estado dominada por informes desalentadores sobre sistemas de salud desbordados, tanto aquí en Europa como en América del Norte. Sin embargo, el...