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Informal Economy & WIEGO
Occupational Group(s): Garment Workers

Garment Workers: WIEGO's Work

WIEGO seeks to promote a better understanding of how the working poor in the informal economy are inserted into the global economy, and with what consequences; and to identify strategies to promote fair trade for informal producers who want to export their goods and ethical trade for informal wage workers or homeworkers who work in global value chains.

Because the garment sector is one of the most globalized sectors and employs large numbers of women under poor working conditions, garment workers were the first category of the global informal workforce that WIEGO focused on.

Special Issue of Environment and Urbanization on Urban Livelihoods

Special Issue of Environment & Urbanization on Urban Livelihoods

Special Issue of Environment and Urbanization on Urban Livelihoods

Case Studies: Garment Workers Around the Globe

Thai garment workerThe garment industry employs millions of women workers across the world. Conditions are fiercely competitive, with rapid changes in fashion dictating a severe form of just-in-time production. The consequences: low wages, long hours of overtime and greater numbers of industrial outworkers, primarily women.