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WIEGO Digest

Informal Workers See a Long Road to Recovery Ahead — Unless Governments Act
Sally Roever and Mike Rogan share initial findings from the COVID-19 Crisis and the Informal Economy Study, a study exploring the impact of the pandemic, conducted in partnership with 30 membership-based organizations in 12 cities around the world.

“The historic magnitude of the crisis calls for an unprecedented investment in getting people back to work.” Read WIEGO’s press release for the study launch.
Special Podcast Series on Gender-Based Violence and Informal Workers
In a two-part series to commemorate the WIEGO network’s participation in the 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence Against women, Cyrus Afshar interviews Sonia George, General Secretary of the Self-Employed Women’s Association and Oksana Abboud, International Coordinator of StreetNet International. In each episode, Sonia and Oksana explain the types of violence that different sectors of informal workers face at work, how workers are organizing to combat violence, and the importance of Convention 190, an international labour standard which protects all workers from violence and harassment at work.
Coping with COVID-19: SEWA’s Domestic Workers on the Pandemic and Beyond

“Many people lost their jobs and had financial problems. Emotionally, we were very distressed because of the job loss and the fear of health problems associated with COVID-19.” Nirmala and Pratima, domestic workers from India share how the COVID-19 pandemic and lockdown has impacted their work and lives, the difficulties they have faced and the support they received from the Self-Employed Women’s Association.

New Publications & Resources
Briefing Note on Violence at Work
The ILO Violence and Harassment Convention C190, and the accompanying Recommendation (R206) were adopted in 2019. This briefing note highlights how these labour standards can be used by member-based organizations to address the violence informal workers experience in trying to secure their livelihoods.  
The Costs of Insecurity: Domestic Workers’ Access to Social Protection and Services in Dhaka, Bangladesh
Domestic workers in Bangladesh carry the heavy cost of inadequate investment in the provision of social protection and services. This policy brief, produced by WIEGO, the International Domestic Workers’ Federation and the National Domestic Women Workers’ Union describes the situation of domestic workers in Dhaka, documents the challenges they face in using and accessing social protection and social services and recommends ways to further extend protection to this vulnerable group of workers.
Domestic Workers, Risk and Social Protection in Nepal
Domestic workers in Nepal are not effectively covered under the labour inspection system or the social security system. This policy brief, produced by WIEGO, IDWF, Home Workers Union of Nepal, and GEFONT describes the situation of domestic workers in Nepal, investigates the degree to which domestic workers are covered - in law and in practice - by the country’s labour inspection and social security systems and recommends ways that local and national governments can extend social protection to this sector.
Home-based Workers in Pakistan: A Statistical Profile
In recent years, home-based work has grown in Pakistan: from 3.59 million in 2013/14 to approximately 4.37 million home-based workers in 2017/18. This statistical brief, produced in collaboration with HomeNet South Asia provides new insights into the size, distribution, branch industry, income and education of home-based workers in Pakistan.
News from the WIEGO Network
WIEGO Joins StreetNet & Allies in Marking International Street Vendors’ Day
On November 14, street vendors and their organizations around the world marked International Street Vendors’ Day. In a campaign led by our network partner, StreetNet International, street vendors, hawkers and market traders from all over the world came together to celebrate their achievements and made a united call for their human and labor rights to be respected. WIEGO joined their campaign by sharing stories of the lives of street vendors across the world and reiterated StreetNet’s rallying call: Nothing For Us Without Us! Watch the videos and see special statements from StreetNet’s International Coordinator, Oksana Abboud.
WIEGO & Network Partners Join the Global 16 Days Campaign to Amplify the Voices of Women Workers in the Informal Economy
WIEGO and our Network partners added our voices to the Global 16 Days Campaign. This year the Campaign (which runs from November 25 to December 10) aimed to amplify the voices of women workers in the informal economy while continuing to call for the ratification of ILO Convention 190 and to end all forms of gender-based violence in private and public spaces. Learn more about how domestic worker, home-based worker, street vendor and other networks participated in the campaign and how to support their efforts on our site & at 16 Days Campaign!
Past Events

In November, WIEGO Team members continued to bring their expertise to several webinars and online discussions. Access video recordings and presentations (where available) from these online events below: 

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