This open-access book, edited by Martha Chen and Françoise Carré, brings together leading scholars to investigate recent conceptual shifts, research...
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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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There are no economic indicators so important or revealing as the words of workers. Today, the voices of informal economy workers, who constitute 60 per cent of the world’s workforce, are helping us unpack the hardship, injustice, and possibility for...
Cuando comenzó la pandemia de la COVID-19, Vandi Lansana sabía qué era lo que debía hacer. Como vicepresidente del Sindicato de Comerciantes de Sierra Leona a nivel nacional, ya había tenido que lidiar anteriormente con una enfermedad peligrosa, con...
When COVID-19 hit, Vandi Lansana knew what he had to do. As National Vice President of the Sierra Leone Traders’ Union, he had dealt with a fast-spreading, dangerous disease before: Ebola. Unlike the current COVID-19 pandemic, not much attention was...