World Urban Forum Events

Women in Informal Economy: Globalizing and Organizing & Inclusive Cities


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Sunday, 6 April

10:00-10:45 a.m.
WUF Cinema Room

Film Screening with Presentation: Chronicle of a Fight for Inclusion
WIEGO/Inclusive Cities Event

This film shows organized waste pickers’ promptly taking action to reduce the impact of the garbage crisis in Bogota, Colombia. These workers share how they have fought to secure their rights and livelihoods, including the Constitutional Court´s case in which they were granted the right to tender for public bids and to be remunerated for their services.  

12:00-12:45 p.m
WUF Cinema Room

Film Screenings: Poorna Chakra (Full Circle) and Amhi SWaCH (We, SWaCH)
WIEGO/Inclusive Cities Event

These two films reflect on the work of the waste recycling co-operative SWaCH in Pune, India:

  • “Full Circle” concentrates on the women waste pickers, how their work impacts on their lives and the environment around them and how they have bettered their lives by organizing
  • “We SWaCH” documents the door-to-door waste collection work of the co-operative.

Tuesday, 8 April

2:00- 4:00 p.m.
Room NE19,
Red Pavilion

Networking Event: Work and Equity in Cities of Change – The Right to The City and Empowerment 
Associates Event

Debates on rights and equity for informal economy workers will be considered and policy guidelines for economic empowerment and inclusion of informal workers launched.

2:00- 4:00 p.m.
NE6, Room 6

Networking Event: Gender, Asset Building and Just Cities
Associates Event

This event will shed light on the contribution that a focus on the gendered nature of asset building brings to the goal of achieving just, more equitable cities.

4:30-6:30 p.m.
Room 42,
Red Pavilion 

Networking Event: Harnessing Economic Potential: Street Vending, Enterprise Growth, and Urban Equity
WIEGO/Inclusive Cities Event

This event focuses on one of the most visible yet marginalized actors in the urban economy: street vendors. Women leaders and activists from prominent workers’ movements in Latin America, Africa and Asia will speak, along with technical experts.  Each speaker will describe specific, recent examples of how their cities and informal traders have worked together to achieve greater inclusion.


Wednesday, 9 April

2:35-3:35 p.m.
Urban Library

Side Event: A Tale of 10 Cities: Findings from the Informal Economy Monitoring Study
WIEGO/Inclusive Cities Event

Over the past five years WIEGO, alongside its partners in the Inclusive Cities project, has monitored trends in the informal economy in 10 cities. At this celebratory event, WIEGO will launch the latest round of action research. Brief presentations will focus on the study’s main findings and recommendations for policymakers, urban activists and city planners. Printed summary reports and a USB containing more detailed reports will be distributed.

Thursday, 10 April

8:30-11:30 a.m.
Room 21,
Red Pavilion

Training Event: Leaving No-One Behind: How to Access Land, Design Shelter and Deliver Finance to the Poor
Associates Event

This session concentrates on strategies for making affordable, serviced land and starter homes available to the low-income majority.

5:00-6:30 p.m.
Cities Alliance Booth

Joint Reception with WIEGO/SDI and Cities Alliance — “City Walk”
WIEGO/Inclusive Cities Event

Join our “City Walk” and hear informal worker organizations and slum dweller leaders describe how they are organizing and what strategies they employ to secure inclusive cities. This event is a collaboration with Cities Alliance and Slum Dwellers International. 


Friday, 11 April

8:30-10:30 a.m.
City Changer Room B, UN-Habitat Pavilion

Networking Event: Integrating Waste Pickers into Municipal Waste Management: Waste Pickers’ Struggles and Victories
WIEGO/Inclusive Cities Event

Millions of people worldwide make a living collecting, sorting, recycling and selling valuable materials that someone else has thrown away. Their work diverts tons of material from landfills, which is especially important given recycling is one of the easiest ways to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. This event profiles how waste picker movements have secured a place in the waste system. It draws on the extensive experience of waste picker movements and technical experts in Colombia, Brazil, South Africa and India.

Informal Economy Theme