Globally, 2-billion people work in the informal economy. They are some of the most vulnerable workers in the world, and they are the new majority. This means that 61% of workers globally rely on work that offers little pay and few protections, and women are particularly at risk.
Public policies and social protection schemes often do not consider these workers, leaving them vulnerable to income losses and struggling to cope after an event or shock.
The recent proposal by the Delhi government to make public transportation free for women has been hailed as a way to improve women’s safety in the city. The idea is that group solidarity on buses and trains has the potential to reduce risks faced in individual rickshaws or by walking alone, especially at night in a city that has been seen as unsafe.
Los recicladores y recicladoras, a pesar de mantener limpias las ciudades se enfrentan a condiciones peligrosas y precarias que afectan a su salud. Su salud y bienestar se ven amenazados a diario. Mientras recolectan y seleccionan los residuos urbanos, quedan expuestos a materiales y condiciones nocivas en sus lugares de trabajo, entre otros problemas.