Women in Informal Employment: Globalizing and Organizing (WIEGO)

Women in Informal Employment: Globalizing and Organizing (WIEGO) is a global research-policy network that seeks to improve the status of the working poor, especially women, in the informal economy. It does so by highlighting the size, composition, characteristics, and contribution of the informal economy through improved statistics and research; by helping to strengthen member-based organizations informal workers; and by promoting policy dialogues and processes that include representatives of informal worker organizations.

Most activities of WIEGO fall under one of its five major Programmes: see Programme Areas: Law, Organization and Representation, Social Protection, Statistics, Urban Policies. The component activities under these Programmes involve some mix of research studies, data analysis, case study documentation, and policy dialogues.

Conscious efforts are made to involve member-based organizations of informal workers in the identification, prioritization, and design of all activities; and to disseminate the findings, data, and case studies generated – and related lessons learned – as widely as possible. WIEGO’s Organization and Representation Programme also seeks to strengthen - and build networks of – member-based organizations of informal workers; and its Statistics Programme seeks to promote improved statistics and statistical analysis of the informal economy.

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