The director-general of the International Labour Organization (ILO), Guy Ryder, talks to Al Jazeera about the twin pressures on nations of stopping the spread of COVID-19 and meeting the economic needs of people, especially in poorer countries where informality is high.
SEWA Bharat – the All India Federation of Self-employed Women’s Associations – has published the results of a phone survey it conducted in April with 300 members in India. The resulting report details how the India-wide lockdown to prevent COVID-19 spread has impacted women’s incomes, savings...
Government decrees to don a mask and “be economical” are not much help for the large number of working poor people in Uganda who have lost their incomes and depleted any savings since the COVID-19 crisis began. A growing movement of home-based worker organizations have sent a strong, unified message...
Ela R. Bhatt, long-time activist, founder of the Self-Employed Women’s Association (SEWA), a trade union in India, and also a founder of WIEGO, published an article in The Indian Express on May 6 in which she asks "How do we build a society less susceptible to debt, disease, devastation?"
April 28 is the World Day for Safety and Health at Work. The need to protect workers who provide essential services has never been greater. WIEGO offers these insights and shareable prevention and information resources.
From Africa to Asia to Latin America, the world's 2 billion informal workers are suffering some of the earliest and most devastating effects of the coronavirus. As reported by the media, the immediate impact of the lockdown measures implemented across the globe has been devastating for street...
In March 2020, WIEGO’s board of directors met in Delhi and unanimously elected Mirai Chatterjee to be the new board chair. Outgoing WIEGO chair Renana Jhabvala was lauded at the board meeting for her long and dedicated leadership.
On March 1st, waste pickers around the globe will mark International Waste Pickers' Day. Activities on that day and through the week offer a chance to showcase the contributions of this important workforce.
Millions of women work long hours, in dangerous conditions, for little pay. They are fighting for change, with the help of ILO Convention 189 on Decent Work for Domestic Workers. Watch this video to learn how.
This manual helps street vendors learn more about the regulations that govern public space and how to defend the right to work in public space. It describes successful actions taken by street vendor organizations. And it offers information to help you organize and negotiate with local government.