Women in Informal Employment: Globalizing and Organizing
Women in Informal Employment: Globalizing and Organizing (WIEGO) is a global action-research-policy network that seeks to improve the status of the working poor, especially women, in the informal economy through stronger organizations and networks, improved research and statistics, and fairer and more appropriate laws, policies, regulations and practices. More specifically, as framed in our model of change, WIEGO seeks to increase the voice, visibility and validity of the working poor, especially women:
- Increased Voice - WIEGO works to support and strengthen organizations of the working poor and to link organizations together. We also help them gain representation in the policy-making and rule-setting bodies that affect their work and lives.
- Increased Visibility - WIEGO undertakes and sponsors research and helps to develop and improve official statistics on informal employment and the informal economy. We produce a publication series and maintain a web resource on the informal economy (www.wiego.org).
- Increased Validity - WIEGO promotes the mainstream recognition of informal workers as legitimate economic agents who contribute to the overall economy and are legitimate beneficiaries of economic and social policies. We also advance the incorporation of informal workers into policy-influencing and rule-setting processes.