Implications of COVID-19 on women informal workers

Informal workers are workers without access to labour protections or social protection through work. They make up over 60 percent of total global employment and 90 percent in low income countries. Women outnumber men in the informal economy in most countries. The COVID-19 pandemic has vastly impacted and threatened their lives and livelihoods across the globe, with emerging evidence suggesting that women informal workers have been hardest hit. Informal workers, especially women, were already in a vulnerable and precarious situation before the COVID-19 pandemic. There is a serious risk that this economic shock will push them into poverty and economic crisis and exacerbate pre-existing gender economic inequalities.