Informal economy workers in Nigeria are using their collective power, building coalitions with allied organizations and making key gains by joining together through the Federation of Informal Workers’ Organizations of Nigeria (FIWON), a nationwide association with hundreds of branches across the country.
“Poor working people must have access to basic social security, but it doesn’t start with that,” says Gbenga, FIWON founder and general secretary. “It starts with even the right to work without fear. The right to work without harassment and unnecessary molestation. The right to access public spaces as commonwealth, as something that belongs to all of us.”
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- Federation of Informal Workers’ Organizations of Nigeria (FIWON)
- 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.
- Women and Men in the Informal Economy: A Statistical Picture (ILO, 2018)
- “The Poor Also Must Live!” Market Demolition, Gentrification and the Quest for Survival in Lagos State,” 2016, by Gbenga, FIWON founder and general secretary