This year’s World Day for Decent Work on October 7 calls for improved investment in the care economy, including child care. WIEGO’s Social Protection Team has been bringing attention to the particular childcare needs of women informal workers since launching the Child Care Campaign in 2017. Here, Rachel Moussié, Deputy Director for Social Protection, outlines four essential factors that need to be addressed to ensure childcare reaches the most vulnerable working women.
Annie Devenish, Laura Alfers
October 7 is World Day for Decent Work with a focus this year on “investing in the care economy.” Whether providing preventative health information, yoga classes or support in navigating official paperwork, community health workers spend their long days delivering invaluable benefits and care to members of the Self-Employed Women’s Association (SEWA). These women are part of the SEWA Social Security Team's Shakti Kendras (empowerment centres), operating across several Indian states. This article is excerpted from a Workers’ Lives essay, which offers an intimate look at those who work in the Shakti Kendras, the wide range of services they provide in a challenging policy environment, and what they gain in return.
Teresa Marchiori, Olga Abizaid
Policymaking that impacts informal workers rarely comes with first-hand knowledge of their lives and needs. A new initiative in Dakar, Senegal, aims to change that. WIEGO’s Exposure Dialogue Programme gives lawyers and city officials two full days with workers — living and working alongside them — to experience their everyday realities and to use this experience to rethink legal and policy frameworks at a time when the city and the country are transforming rapidly.
WIEGO’s Organization & Representation Programme Director, Jane Barrett, talks about the ILO’s Recommendation 204 on formalizing the informal economy and the progress South Africa has made that we can learn from.
Jenna Harvey, Ana Carolina Ogando
Democratic norms are under threat worldwide. Informal workers and other marginalized groups are witnessing the reversal of hard-fought wins for increased participation and rights. But worker organizations are organizing and employing innovative strategies to advance democratic practices.
Inadequate infrastructure - particularly related to clean water and toilets - and the cost of accessing these takes a heavy toll on street and market vendors in urban centres, shows new research by WIEGO and International Institute for Environment and Development (IIED), done with vendors in Nakuru (Kenya) and Durban (South Africa).