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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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Governments, preoccupied with guaranteeing the availability of essential goods and services, compiled lists of essential activities that could continue operating during COVID-19 lockdowns. In 21 countries in Africa and 12 countries in Latin America...

"Nos mains de récupératrice·eur·s de matériaux ont rendu le monde meilleur." – Jaquelina Flores de l’Alliance mondiale des récupératrice·eur·s.

"C’est un travail. Il ne s’agit pas tout simplement de donner un coup de main à la maison." – Carmen...

COVID-19 has exposed government inaction in extending dignity and fairness to informal economy workers in the most brutal way. Let’s take a look inside the policy toolbox governments have used to get workers through the COVID-19 crisis.