About the 67th Commission on the Status of Women
The 67th session of the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW-67), a functional commission of the United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC), is happening from 6-17 March in a hybrid format with virtual parallel events. The main theme of this year’s forum is Innovation and technological change, and education in the digital age for achieving gender equality and the empowerment of all women and girls. As agreed in the conclusions of the 62nd session, the review theme is Challenges and opportunities in achieving gender equality and empowerment of rural women and girls.
Worker leaders and representatives of the International Domestic Workers Federation (IDWF), HomeNet International, StreetNet International and WIEGO will participate in the virtual parallel events.
Home-Based Workers: Organizing for Change
Tuesday, 7 March 2023
Home is a workplace for women home-based workers who often work in isolation. It is critical that they recognize themselves as workers and engage in policies and practices that affect their lives. This will ensure sustainable efforts to reduce marginalization for a broad group of women workers. During the COVID-19 crisis, home-based workers around the globe used innovative ways to continue organizing to address the many challenges they face collectively. Discovering collective power introduces women to a much wider world. Collective organizing is a pathway to the larger world.
HomeNet South Asia (HNSA), in collaboration with WIEGO is hosting the virtual parallel event to draw on-ground experiences of effective organizing and digital tools from Bangladesh, India, Nepal, South Africa and Ugandan home-based workers. At the same time, it highlights the struggle and the efforts of home-based workers to build visibility and identify emerging opportunities to take immediate steps to ensure they are an organized category of workers in informal employment.
The event will be in English, with interpretations available in Bangla, Hindi and Nepali.
Informal Economy Workers and their Technological Challenges during the Pandemic
Friday, 10 March 2023
Technology is a driver of change, yet little is known about its impact on workers in informal employment. During the COVID-19 crisis, workers in the informal economy around the globe used different digital tools to continue organizing and strengthening their livelihoods.
This parallel event will provide an opportunity to hear directly from women workers from different sectors – street vendors, home-based workers, waste pickers and domestic workers – on how they adapted and used digital tools. They will share their experiences, lessons learned, and the types of technologies most useful to their work.
- There is No Recovery Without Informal Workers – COVID Recovery and Post-COVID Reforms: Demands of Informal Workers Organizations. WIEGO, 2021. Read here
- Long Economic COVID for Workers in Informal Economy, Infographic, July 2022. Read here in English, Spanish, and French.
- COVID-19 and Informal Work in 11 Cities: Recovery Pathways Amidst Continued Crisis, July 2022. Read here
- COVID-19 and Informal Work in 11 Cities – Executive Summary, July 2022. Read here in English, Spanish and French.
- The Crisis is Far from Over for Informal Workers – We Need an Inclusive Recovery for the Majority of the World’s Workforce. WIEGO Policy Insights No. 8 , November 2021. Read here
- Homeworkers in Global Supply Chains, A Platform of Demands to the European Commission in the context of the proposed legislation governing Sustainable Corporate Governance in Global Supply Chains, Submitted by HomeNet South Asia, HomeNet South East Asia and WIEGO. 7 Feb 2021. Read here
- Homeworkers in Garment Supply Chains: Research from India and Nepal. HomeNet South Asia, 2021. Read here
- Mobilizing during the COVID-19 Pandemic, StreetNet International, 2021. Read the report here. Read the brief here.
- Recognition and Respect Could Change Street Vendors’ Lives, WIEGO Blog, 2022. Read here
- Joining Hands to Organize Home-Based Workers, WIEGO Blog, 2022. Read here
- Unity of Informal Workers is Key to Domestic Workers’ Success, WIEGO Blog, 2022. Read here