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Dear Colleagues,

Thank you for participating in our recent online discussion "Women, Informal Work & COVID-19”. We are delighted to share that the webinar recording is now available online:

Event Recording & Resources
The webinar recording, copies of the presentations given by panelists, and a short write-up on the webinar are available at the following link:
Please do share with your colleagues and wider networks.
Further Reading

We need to listen to the workers: WIEGO partners conduct COVID-19 Global Impact

by Sarah Orleans Reed and Ana Caroline Ogando
Learn about WIEGO’s Global Impact Study which examines how informal economy workers in 12 cities have fared and coped through the COVID-19 crisis. he study creates a platform for the experience and voices of informal workers to rise to the top of the policy agenda, for those who create policy to see, hear, and feel what is going wrong at the base of the economic pyramid— and what we could start doing right.

Support for women workers is urgent as pandemic unfolds in South Africa

by Mike Rogan and Caroline Skinner
Recent data suggest that under the strict lockdown conditions imposed in April, two-thirds of the 3 million people who lost their jobs were women. For the formally employed, schemes were put in place that offered some protection. But for the roughly one-third of the workforce in the informal economy, there is no safety net.

The Covid-19 crisis and the South African informal economy ‘Locked out’ of livelihoods and employment

by Michael Rogan and Caroline Skinner
There is widespread recognition that the measures to curb the spread of COVID-19 have impacted particularly negatively on informal workers, whose jobs are precarious, who often depend on daily earnings for survival, and who lack legal and social protections. However, it is also likely that these impacts have been experienced unevenly by different groups of workers within the informal economy. 

This paper analyses the first wave of the NIDS-CRAM survey in order to identify how the effects of the COVID-19 crisis differ within the informal economy and, in particular by gender and type of employment.
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