In 2019, informal workers made some noise — in their home cities and at the highest global change-making bodies. They took to the streets, met with local officials and stood in front on the International Labour Organization in Geneva demanding to be seen, heard and, ultimately, treated with the respect and dignity they deserve as workers.
And they won.
Pushpa Rathod’s work days are unpredictable. On any given day, she may be talking to adolescents about their health, counseling women working in the informal economy on how to access daycare or advising community members on insurance, pensions or housing initiatives.