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Theme: Informal Economy
India Budget 2017: India’s Missing Women Workers Bloomberg . (17 January 2017)
By Dugal, Ira.

The result - India ranks abysmally low in terms of economic participation of women. The Global Gender Report 2015 by the World Economic Forum ranked India at 139 out of 145 countries. Syria, Pakistan, Saudi Arabia and Yemen are among the few that rank below India.

India Oceans may have more plastic than fish by 2050: WEF study Deccan Herald . (16 January 2017)

Over 40 industry leaders including from India today rallied here in support of a new plan to recycle plastic waste, fearing that oceans may have more plastic than fish by 2050 if no urgent steps are taken. The plan aims to increase total recycling from 14 per cent currently to 70 per cent of total plastic packaging.

India Left without Cover Indian Express . (15 January 2017)
By Vishnu, Uma.

They had little financial access and autonomy to begin with and now with their secret stash of cash gone after demonetisation, women in India struggle to start all over again.

Ireland Unions To Protest Fyffes EGM Ahead Of Banana Firm's Sale Fresh Plaza . (13 January 2017)

Unions and industry groups including GMB (Britain’s General Union) IUF (the International Union of Foodworkers) and Banana Link have announced plans to protest an extraordinary general meeting for shareholders of banana firm Fyffes, which is set to take place in Dublin.

India Is India ready for a universal basic income scheme? Daily O . (12 January 2017)
By Chakraborty, Angshukanta.

India has already done two pilot projects in Madhya Pradesh, led by British labour economist Guy Standing and Indian development economist Renana Jhabvala, the national coordinator of the Self Employed Women’s Association (SEWA), to test the UBI and the results have been positive.

China China: the secret lives of urban waste pickers The Guardian . (10 January 2017)
By Tang, Damin.

Chinadialogue interviews two sociologists who have documented the hidden lives of waste pickers in recycling communities on the outskirts of Beijing. These sociologists wrote "Living with Waste: Economies, Communities and Spaces of Waste Collectors in China," a book which is available in Chinese.

By Khosla, Varuni .

Improving pay and working conditions of informal workers is critical to reduce poverty and inequality in India, says Martha Chen, a lecturer in public policy at Harvard Kennedy School. In a recent visit to India, Chen spoke to ET on issues such as gender pay gap and role of women in the informal sector. This article includes edited excerpts from that interview.

Malawi Stop Gender Violence Against Women - Mctu All Africa . (9 January 2017)
By Ndhlovu, Andrew.

Malawi Congress of Trade Union (MCTU) outgoing Secretary General, Pontius Kalichero, has called for an end to gender based violence towards women in work places.

India FSSAI for hygienic street food in capital. DNA India . (7 January 2017)
By Saxena, Astha.

Don’t be surprised if you find a golgappe wala wearing an apron, gloves, cap and T-shirt while serving the delicious snack to you. On par with international standards, street food vendors in Delhi will now be following proper health and hygiene standards before serving you any food item.

Pakistan Violence against child labourers flayed Nation . (6 January 2017)

HomeNet Pakistan and civil society organisations condemned increasing incidents of violence against child domestic labourers in major cities including Lahore and Islamabad.