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Informal Economy & WIEGO
Program(s): Organization & Representation


workers' groups
Informal workers are increasingly forming or joining organizations to fight for their rights, enhance their bargaining power, increase their economic power and improve their livelihoods. Their membership-based organizations (MBOs) take many forms: trade unions, cooperatives, informal associations or self-help groups.

Waste Picker Video Series: Chronicle of a Fight for Inclusion

About the Series

(Text in Spanish follows the English version)

Organizing & Organizations

“The first step out of poverty is organization. Organizing allows us to become social actors ...

Ratification by Countries of Domestic Workers' Convention (C189)

These countries have ratified the Domestic Workers Convention 2011 (C189) and Recommendation (No. 201):





Costa Rica


Worker Education & Capacity Building Resources

These resources from WIEGO and partners can be downloaded and shared for free.The Only School We Have

Policy Conference on Home-Based Workers in South Asia

Co-Organized by SEWA and UNIFEM

In January 2007, SEWA and UNIFEM hosted a South Asia regional conference entitled “Women, Work, and Poverty” to highlight the situation of home-based workers in South Asia.

Waste Pickers at the United Nations Climate Change Conferences

Waste pickers contribute to the conservation of natural resources and energy while reducing air and water pollution. They also reduce greenhouse gas emissions through the reuse of materials. Around the globe, waste pickers are organizing and fighting for recognition of their significant environmental contributions.

ILO Convention Concerning Decent Work for Domestic Workers Adopted!

Domestic Workers Organizing at ILO 2011

History was made June 16, 2011 when governments, employers and workers from around the world adopted the Convention and accompanying Recommendation on Decent Work for Domestic Workers at the 100th International Labour Conference (ILC) in Geneva, Switzerland.