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WIEGO Institutional Members

Trade unions, cooperatives, and associations of informal workers that have been active in WIEGO are invited to become Institutional Members. As of July 2014, the following membership-based organizations of informal workers were Institutional Members of WIEGO. 


International Domestic Workers Federation (IDWF)

International Union of Food and Allied Workers (IUF)

WIEGO Turns 15: Born in Bellagio, 1997

WIEGO Turns 15: Born in Bellagio, 1997

Ten founders of WIEGO in Bellagio

In mid-April 1997, 10 specialists on the informal economy – a mix of practitioners, scholars, statisticians, and policymakers – met to plan a collaborative project in support of women workers and entrepreneurs in the informal economy.

The group consisted of:


Home-Based Worker, Thailand

Women in Informal Employment: Globalizing & Organizing (WIEGO) is a global network focused on securing livelihoods for the working poor, especially women, in the informal economy. We believe all workers should have equal economic opportunities and rights.

Labour at Informal Economy (LIE)

Labour at Informal Economy (LIE)

Labour at Informal Economy, street vendors, waste pickers, home-based workers, agricultural workers

Labour at Informal Economy (LIE) is a membership-based organization that represents 2,865 workers who work as street vendors, waste pickers, home-based workers and agricultural workers in Bangladesh.

Coalition of Informal Economy Associations of Swaziland (CIEAS)

Coalition of Informal Economy Associations of Swaziland (CIEAS)

The Coalition of Informal Economy Associations of Swaziland (CIEAS) was founded in 2006 by marginalized community-based organizations striving to earn a living by carrying out different projects to generate income. As of 2010, CIEAS had 12,600 members working as informal street traders; approximately 60 per cent of the members are women. CIEAS’s leadership is democratically elected.

Syndicat Unique et Démocratique du Mareyeurs du Sénégal

Syndicat Unique et Démocratique du Mareyeurs du Sénégal (SUDEMS)

The United and Democratic union of Fish Wholesalers of Senegal (Syndicat Unique et Démocratique du Mareyeurs du Sénégal, SUDEMS) was founded in July 2000. It is a national union which is formally recognized by the government of Senegal. Members are fish vendors who vend in streets, markets, and landing sites. As of December 2013, there are over 12,600 members of SUDEMS, who work throughout all regions of Senegal. The members are responsible for the collection, distribution and sale of fresh and dry fish.

Federation Nationale des Syndicats (FENASEIN)

Federation Nationale des Syndicats (FENASEIN)

Souley Zeinabou, President of FENASEIN in Niger, speaking at International Labor Conference 2014

Associação da Economia Informal de Moçambique (AEIMO)

Associação da Economia Informal de Moçambique (AEIMO)

The Informal Economy Association of Mozambique (Associação da Economia Informal de Moçambique, AEIMO) in Mozambique was founded in 1999.  As of 2012, AEIMO had more than 4200 members.  Most of ASSOSTI’s members are street traders, but a small percentage of the members come from other informal worker sectors.

ASSOTSI’s objectives are to:

WIEGO Newsletter - August 2013

Covering the period January–June 2013

WIEGO e-News January-June 2012


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WIEGO Newsletter - June 2011

Covering the period July 2010–June 2011

WIEGO e-news July 2010-June 2011Full-color pdf version

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