Women in the Informal Economy
- A large number of women worldwide work in the informal economy.
- Four-fifths of those working in Lima, Peru are women.
- The economic contributions and the number of women working in the
informal sector are underestimated because they mostly engage in street
vending and home-based work. These activities are the most difficult
- The women's share in the informal sector production frequently equals
that of men.
- Most women are self-employed
- Relatively few women are employers who hire paid workers. They are
mostly own account traders and producers or casual and sub-contract
- Men and women are usually involved in different types of employment,
even within the same trade.
- Generally speaking, male traders have larger scale operations and
deal in nonfood items.
- Female traders usually have smaller scale operations and deal in food
Women in Informal Employment Globalizing and Organizing