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Ratification by Countries of Domestic Workers' Convention (C189)

Ratification by Countries of Domestic Workers' Convention (C189)

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

Domestic Workers celebrate C189 Convention

Waste & Gender: Rethinking Relations for Empowerment

by Deia de Brito, with Sonia Diaswoman waste picker

Little research exists about gender relations and divisions among waste pickers. A collaborative project involving waste pickers in Latin America has shed light on the multiple levels of discrimination that women waste pickers face and their needs.

About the Informal Economy

Informal Workers: Beaders in Thailand

The Informal Economy

The informal economy is the diversified set of economic activities, enterprises, jobs, and workers that are not regulated or protected by the state. The concept originally applied to self-employment in small unregistered enterprises. It has been expanded to include wage employment in unprotected jobs.

Statistics on the Informal Economy

Statistics on the Informal Economy

Analysis of informal employment and informal workers is a new area of statistical development. This section of the website examines the available data, as well as the concepts, definitions and methods that underpin this growing area of investigation.

Policies & Programmes

Ahmedabad incense stick rollerInformal employment is a widespread feature of today’s global economy. On average, informal workers have lower earnings and face higher risks than formal workers. Policies should seek to increase the earnings and reduce the risks of the working poor in the informal economy.

Health Access for Informal Workers: Workers' Health Profiles

Health Access for Informal Workers: Workers' Health Profiles

Health access for Informal Workers in:

Just Recycling

The Social, Economic and Environmental Benefits of Working with Waste Pickers

Millions of people worldwide make a living by collecting, sortingand selling what others have thrown away. These informal waste pickers do a great service for their cities but are often overlooked, maltreated and even criminalized.

Nohra Padilla Awarded Goldman Environmental Prize

Nohra Padilla Awarded Goldman Environmental Prize

Nohra Padilla, Waste picker from Colombia, Recipient of 2013 Goldman Envrionmental Award

Waste Pickers in Bogota Lend Support to Mayor Gustavo Petro

Waste Pickers in Bogota Lend Support to Mayor Gustavo Petro

Waste Picker working at a recycling center in Bogota, Colombia

Waste Picker Video Series: Chronicle of a Fight for Inclusion

Waste Picker Video Series: Chronicle of a Fight for Inclusion

About the Series

(Text in Spanish follows the English version)